Here’s a news item from the AP: The State Board of Education wants to undo a law forbidding spouses of Idaho university presidents from being hired at the schools. Mark Browning, an Ed Board spokesman, told the House Education Committee Thursday university presidents often come with a highly qualified spouse. But it’s hard for them to find jobs comparable to those they left behind, especially under the existing ban. This restriction has affected Laura Vailas, wife of Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas and a former associate dean at the University of Houston. Dumping this prohibition, Browning said, would be a recruitment tool. But some lawmakers including Rep. Bob Nonini, a Coeur d’Alene Republican, said such a change could put Idaho schools at risk of nepotism charges. The House panel voted to hold a full hearing on the bill.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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