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Fri., Feb. 6, 2009, 3:47 p.m.

Joint hearings set on school budget cuts

House Education Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, said he's met with Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, and state schools Superintendent Tom Luna, and they've agreed to schedule three days of joint education committee hearings on legislation to change various state laws to allow cuts to public education next year. The hearings will start on Monday Feb. 16, and continue through Wednesday the 18th, he said. "We would hope that by late next week, there'll be some legislation introduced," Nonini said. Luna has called for various school funding cuts that would require changes in state laws, though he's said most would just be temporary as the state faces a budget crunch. Nonini said the legislation might make the changes permanent, to give school districts more "flexibility." He said there likely will be two bills.

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