A bill to help laid-off educators protect their sick leave is one step away from the governor’s desk after the House Education Committee passed it this morning.
S1308, sponsored by Sen. Melinda Smyser (R-Parma) and supported by the Idaho Education Association, would extend from one year to three years the amount of time an educator has to find a new job and transfer existing sick leave benefits. Currently, educators who terminate employment with a school district must find reemployment in the following school year or lose all accumulated sick leave. This bill would provide a safety net for educators who, through no fault of their own, have been laid off.
Also today, the House passed HJM8. The joint memorial, sponsored by Rep. Linden Bateman (R-Idaho Falls), urges Congress to repeal No Child Left Behind. The IEA has testified for the measure, but we also support the original ideas behind the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act. A long-overdue ESEA overhaul is starting on Capitol Hill, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce passed two of the reauthorization bills to the full House after a mark-up session today.