Judge Timothy Hansen will hear arguments Thursday, August 25, in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Senate Bill 1108, passed by the Idaho Legislature last winter. The hearing is set for 3 p.m. at the Ada County Courthouse.
Senate Bill 1108 compromises fundamental provisions of the Idaho State Constitution by violating the single-subject rule, reneging on vested rights, and by forcing school districts to breach existing contracts. It was part of the three-bill package pushed by Superintendent Tom Luna.
The Idaho Education Association filed the suit in April against the State of Idaho, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna challenging the constitutionality of Senate Bill 1108 and related trailer bills. The suit was filed in state district court in Ada County. Joining the IEA as plaintiffs and representatives of thousands of Idaho teachers are three IEA locals (Fremont Education Association, Caldwell Education Association and Shoshone Education Association) and two Idaho school teachers, David Graham (a junior high art teacher in the Moscow School District) and Teena Marley (a kindergarten teacher in the Pocatello School District).