Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — House Education Chairman Reed DeMordaunt has finally won enough support in committee for his plan to tie strings to $12 million that school districts will get in the school budget next year for teacher pay. The Eagle Republican on Thursday unveiled a revised version of a bill that died in committee earlier this week on a tie vote. His original bill would have given districts the option to use money dedicated to teacher salaries only to either restore days previously lost to furloughs or hire teachers. DeMordaunt's new version was changed to allow districts to boost teacher salaries only after they restore furlough days and staff positions lost since 2011. The revamped version passed on an 11-4 vote and will be sent to the House. Idaho Falls Republican Rep. Linden Bateman joined the three Democrats in voting against. The money involved is the 1.67 percent of state teacher salary funds that were redirected to reform programs under the voter-rejected “Students Come First” laws; that money now is being restored to school districts.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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