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Both charter school bills head to Senate’s amending order; fight predicted…

Amendments are in the works for two controversial charter school bills, reports Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News, with the Senate Education Committee voting this afternoon to send both HB 206 and HB 221 to the Senate’s 14thOrder for amendments. HB 206 is the controversial measure to tap into the public schools budget to fund building costs for the state’s charter schools through a per-student formula; HB 221 is the bill that overhauls charter school governance in Idaho, including allowing groups ranging from public or private universities to non-profit corporations to start up charter schools. Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, predicted a floor fight at least over the non-profit clause, and possibly more.

Richert reports that the committee also sent three other education bills to the amending order today; you can read his full report here.

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

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