Members of the House Education Committee voted unanimously to print a bill that would guarantee charter schools would receive facility funds.
The bill, sponsored by Supt. Luna’s State Department of Education would ensure charter schools would receive $1.4 million skimmed directly from the K-12 schools budget next year, and that price tag could potentially increase every year thereafter, at least for the foreseeable future.
In introducing the bill, SDE employee Jason Hancock told legislators that a committee that included representatives of the SDE, the Idaho Charter School Commission, the administrators and school boards associations and the Idaho Charter School Network crafted the proposal that assures charter schools would receive a “facilities stipend” that represents a certain percent of what traditional schools pay for facilities each year.
The public will get a chance to weigh in on this measure when it comes back to the committee for a full hearing in the coming days.
Health Care Debate Overshadows Other Legislative Work
The Senate started debating the State Health Care Exchange at 9:30 this morning; they finished their deliberations at 4 PM. Following the seven and one-half hours of debate, the Senate approved the State Health Care Exchange by a vote of 23-12.
The day-long debate forced the cancellation of all other legislative committee meetings, including the Senate Education Committee.
Neither of the education committees is scheduled to meet on Friday.