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One bill to limit teacher contract rights defeated in the Senate

One of the bills reviving selected provisions of voter-rejected Proposition 1 regarding rolling back teachers’ collective bargaining rights was defeated in the Senate today on a 14-19 vote, reports Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News. SB 1148 was the bill to let school districts raise or decrease teacher salaries or add or eliminate contract days from one year to the next, eliminating a law that prevents such year-to-year decreases. The Idaho Education Association opposed the bill.

Richert reports that Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, said some senators voted against the bill to send a message about the public schools budget that passed the House today on a 52-16 vote, although he wasn’t among them. But Idaho School Boards Association executive director Karen Echeverria told Richert, “I don’t see a linkage. That’s why it’s a little confusing to us.”

Richert reports that opposition to the bill cut across partisan and ideological lines, and didn’t seem to follow a clear pattern; 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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