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Fri., March 29, 2013, 3:10 p.m.

IFF: $1.3B Ed Budget Bill ‘Disastrous’

Had it passed, I believe the $1.3 billion spending plan for Idaho’s public schools would have been a disaster. State lawmakers were right to reject it days ago on an 18-17 vote. And much as I wish the Legislature would adjourn for the year, I’m glad they’ll stay to get this appropriation done correctly. The bill would have provided a blank check to school districts to fund pay-for-performance and school technology—two areas that I believe are critical to the future success of Idaho’s public schools. But the bill before the Legislature failed to fill in key details and looked to be nothing more than a giveaway to schools with little expectation of a return on investment. This could have resulted in few student achievement gains from tech and merit pay, leading future policymakers to view either proposition through jaundiced eyes/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Do you suspect, as I do, that the 2013 Idaho Legislature will end up taking more money out of education as a result of the Sen. Goedde-led rebellion against the House-approved Ed budget bill?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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