Rewrites of what was originally HB 0264 are continuing, and legislation setting unreasonable hurdles for local associations to be able to bargain with their districts could still receive a hearing. The latest version of the bill that the IEA has reviewed is unacceptable, and would place unreasonable, perhaps even impossible, financial and logistical burdens on local associations.
Some legislators indicate that they are receiving substantial pressure from outside sources to push this legislation forward. Please contact members of the House Education Committee and let them know that this bill has not been requested by education groups, is not needed, and would undo much of the goodwill Idaho has restored in efforts to attract and retain teachers. Remind them that the current bargaining verification process works very well for both school districts and local associations. This bill could be heard later this week or early next week, so please stand by for information about testifying in person.
Field Trip Bill Through the House, On to the Governor
Restrictions that had been imposed during the recession that prohibited districts from using transportation funds for field trips are likely on their way out. Following the Senate’s lead, the House approved SB1123, which now goes to Governor Otter for signing.