A sign that lawmakers are serious about getting the education budget set in a little over a week is the speed at which the education committees are working through the series of bills, many of which may have a financial impact on the education budget. The House Education Committee approved two measures on Thursday: HB 501 a piece of compromise legislation crafted as the result of a series of meetings with the Idaho Education Association. This legislation would more narrowly define the types of violations that could be considered grievable for classified employees and also require that an informal meeting be held between the grievant and his or her advocate, the employee against whom the grievance is filed, and the appropriate district human resources administrator in an effort to resolve the issue.
HB 521, sponsored by Rep. Wendy Horman (R-Idaho Falls), directs each school district to develop a strategic plan that focuses on improving student performance. The bill would also provide up to $2,000 for each school district for training of school board members in strategic planning, governance, finance, ethics, and superintendent evaluation. This measure was developed to address several recommendations coming from the Governor’s Task Force.
Likewise, members of the Senate Education Committee also approved several measures at their Thursday afternoon meeting.
March 21st, the date by which legislators hope to conclude their business and adjourn sine die is just a month away. At this point in the legislative process, we can expect the work to continue to pick up speed.