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Senate Ed delays two teacher labor bills

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Senate committee has delayed a vote on two measures pushed by the Idaho School Board Association giving school districts more leverage in teacher contract and salary negotiations after nearly three hours of testimony on Wednesday afternoon. One piece of legislation debated in the Senate Education Committee would limit terms and conditions of teacher's salary contracts to one year, which school districts say is critical to managing their yearly budgets. A second bill would give districts permission to reduce salaries and shorten teacher contracts. Teachers who testified against the bills argued they send a negative message to educators and voters who struck down similar measures at the ballot box last November. Committee chairman Sen. John Goedde of Coeur d'Alene indicated he will bring the bills back for discussion and a vote.

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

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