The House Education Committee this morning deadlocked 9-9 on the state Board of Education’s “high school redesign” plan to beef up the state’s high school curriculum and graduation requirements. That caused a flurry of confusion and dismay before lawmakers determined that the result was that the decision on the curriculum redesign essentially has shifted to the Senate Education Committee. That’s because it takes rejection of this type of administrative rule by the committees in both houses in order to stop a rule from taking effect. The Senate committee, which just went through two days of hearings on the plan, is scheduled to vote this afternoon. If they approve it, the plan stands. If they reject it, expect more confusion as this question gets examined: If the House committee just failed to support a motion to pass the plan, did they actually reject the plan?
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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