Representatives of the education stakeholders joined Governor Otter, Supt. Sherri Ybarra, House Speaker Scott Bedke (R-Oakley), House Education Chair Rep. Reed DeMordaunt (R-Eagle), Senate Education Chair Dean Mortimer (R-Idaho Falls), Rep. Julie VanOrden (R-Pingree), Rep. Ilana Rubel (D-Boise), and Sen’s. Janie Ward-Engelking (D-Boise) and Cherie Buckner-Webb (D-Boise) in a bill signing ceremony on Thursday.
IEA President Penni Cyr represented members of the Idaho Education Association at the ceremony and recognized the willingness of legislators to listen to teachers and take their insights into consideration when crafting HB 296, saying, “They listened to teachers. They took to heart the things that teachers were telling them that were coming directly from the classroom.”
You can view a story and photos of the event on the IEA website.
“Stay Out of the General Fund!”
Governor Otter uttered those words of caution as he spoke to reporters on Thursday morning when speaking about transportation funding.
Finding a solution to fund road repairs that appeals to a majority of legislators in both the House and the Senate has been one of the more difficult issues this session.
Spokesman-Review correspondent Betsy Russell reported the parameters the Governor has identified as he reviews any transportation funding bills that he will be asked to consider for next year.
Legislature Adjourns for Easter Weekend
Legislative leadership announced on Thursday that there will be no meetings on Friday, allowing lawmakers time to travel home for the Easter holiday. The legislature will reconvene on Monday, April 6th.
The Hotline will resume on Monday.