HB 65, the bill to restore the $30 million to the current year’s public school budget that was put in limbo when voters repealed the “Students Come First” laws in November, has passed the House unanimously on a 69-0 vote – with no debate. “I would suggest that it’s impossible to define what the voters meant,” House Education Chairman Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, told the House. “The bottom line is we don’t know. Let me tell you what we do know, though. We do know that each one of us in this body as well as the body across the rotunda were elected to try to improve our state, and by extension to try to improve our education system.”
DeMordaunt said the funds were expected by school districts when they set their budgets for the current year. “Really all we’re doing is just meeting the expectations that were set,” he said. The bill now moves to the Senate side.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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