Four House GOP leaders have sent a letter to Idaho school districts - here's a link to the letter - advising them to prepare for an additional 5.5 percent holdback in the coming year when they negotiate teacher contracts, reporter Ben Botkin reports in the Times-News. The April 5 letter, from House Speaker Lawerence Denney, Majority Leader Mike Moyle, Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke and Majority Caucus Chair Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, warns districts that a future holdback is "a distinct possibility" and says current teacher contract negotiations are districts' "only chance" to prepare for it. Senate Finance Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, called the letter "inappropriate" and the Idaho Education Association objected to it. The possibility of an additional holdback is speculative; the latest state tax revenue figures, for March, actually exceeded state forecasts. You can read Botkin's full story here.
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