The House Education Committee has introduced three rewritten versions of school labor bills this morning proposed by the Idaho School Boards association, on leaves of absence, deadlines for teacher bargaining when a district can unilaterally impose its final offer, and school district reductions in force. Karen Echeverria, ISBA executive director, said her group negotiated with the Idaho Education Association and modified its earlier bills, though the two groups don’t agree on all points. The new versions of the last-offer and reductions in force bill have one-year expiration dates, to allow the Legislature to re-evaluate them after a year. Reporter Clark Corbin of Idaho Education News has a write-up on the new bills here.
Now, the committee has taken up SB 1089, which its agenda described as being about “employing retired teachers.” Actually, this is the bill that’s already passed the Senate 29-6 to eliminate the state's teacher early retirement incentive program.