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SB 1108 debate: ‘Unfinished product,’ ‘not mean-spirited,’ ‘slap in the face’

Sen. John Andreason, R-Boise, told the Senate, “This bill has some good points to it, but in my view, it's an unfinished product.” He said his local school districts “especially don't like sections 6, 10 and 12.”

Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, said, “I cannot see how the current system is sustainable. … This isn't mean-spirited. We just need to change how we do our business. … No one's trying to hurt anybody.”

Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, said, “This is a direct slap in the face to every teacher in our classroom who make our children want to learn. When we tell them they are not valued for the job they do and that we're going to break every contract they have because long term contracts are bad, I disagree that this isn't about teachers. This is about teachers, and they do do a good job. … Why not allow them to come to the table and be part of this discussion? Don't do a bill and say, 'here, take it or leave it.'”

Sen. John Goedde has now begun the closing debate.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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