Bill to Fully Fund Lost Education Movement Gets Nod of Approval

With virtually no discussion or debate, members of the House Education Committee approved a bill that would reinstate the two years of movement on the salary grid. Assuming this bill makes it completely through the process and is signed by the governor, HB 205 (http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2013/H0205.htm) would assure school districts would receive the necessary $4 million…

Ed Committee Passes Kindergarten-IDLA Funding Bills

It was a slow day for K-12 education today. The House Education Committee did not meet this morning. Senate Ed Committee members passed the following bills with little debate this afternoon. SB 1057 (http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2013/S1057.htm), sponsored by Sen. Steven Thayn (R-Emmett), would allow kindergarten teachers to visit the parents or guardians of their students during the…

Senate Panel Approves to Repeal ERIP

On a strict party line vote, members of the Senate Education Committee have approved moving SB 1089 (http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2013/S1089.htm) to the floor with a “do pass” recommendation. The IEA opposes the measure which would repeal the Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP) for teachers, a program which has been in place since 1996 and, based on calculations…

Electronic Delivery of Contracts – Necessary or busy work?

The IEA testified on two bills in the House Education Committee meeting this morning.  H163 (http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2013/H0163.htm) will allow districts to deliver individual contracts to teachers via email.  In the event the teacher does not respond to the email within a specific time period, the district would be required to follow up via certified mail. HB…