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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 2011

THURSDAY, FEB. 24, 2011

How they voted...

Here's the Senate vote breakdown on SB 1108, the teacher contracts bill: Voting in favor: Sens. Bair, Brackett, Davis, Fulcher, Goedde, Hammond, Heider, Hill, Lodge, McGee, McKague, McKenzie, Mortimer, Nuxoll, Pearce, Siddoway, Smyser, Toryanski, Vick, and Winder. Voting against: Sens. Andreason, Bilyeu, Bock, Broadsword, Cameron,…

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SB 1108 passes, 20-15

SB 1108 has passed the Senate on a rather close 20-15 vote, with bipartisan opposition. The Senate has now moved immediately to take up SB 1110, the teacher performance pay bill.

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Corder: 'We destabilized our ed funding'

Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home, told the Senate he attended a meeting in his district at which 250 people turned out to discuss the legislation. He heard teachers, high school students and others speak out against SB 1108. He even received a petition from 4th…

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Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, speaks out against SB 1108 in the Senate on Thursday, the teacher contracts bill. She said the measure would declare "open season on those teachers" who in any way offend a school board member, whether it's by being rigorous, being of a different religion, or discussing difficult topics that are part of their class curriculum. (Betsy Russell)

LeFavour: 'Open season on those teachers'

Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, asked several questions of SB 1108's sponsor, Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene. Among them: Whether "grandfathered" continuing contracts can be terminated, under the bill, during a reduction in force. Goedde said yes, that's what the bill requires. Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho…

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Dems move to postpone S1108 'indefinitely'

Sen. Diane Bilyeu, D-Pocatello, moved that consideration of SB 1108 be indefinitely postponed, and Sen. Les Bock, D-Boise, seconded the motion. Bilyeu said there are too many questions about the bill. Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, responded, "This is a bill that has been well-vetted."

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Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, opens debate in the Senate on SB 1108, the bill to trim teacher contract rights, on Thursday. Goedde is the lead legislative sponsor of the bill, a piece of state schools Superintendent Tom Luna's controversial three-bill school reform package. (Betsy Russell)

Goedde: 'This bill's time has come' 

Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, told the Senate that SB 1108 will give broader say to "school board members who are elected today," rather than "being bound by school boards of yesterday." He said, "There are some who say that these changes will cause teacher…

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Goedde opens debate on SB 1108 

Senators were almost done reading the full text of SB 1108 when Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, asked to cut off the reading and start the debate. Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, has now opened the debate, touting "the overarching promise of this…

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Cameron takes over bill-reading...

Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, now has taken over the full reading of SB 1108. He's on page 22 of the bill. On that page, the measure says, "If no agreement regarding compensation has been reached by the parties on or before June 20, the board…

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Darrington takes over bill-reading...

Sen. Denton Darrington, R-Declo, has now taken over the reading of SB 1108 in the Senate chamber. Among little-discussed clauses of the bill that have been read: The bill goes on for more than a full page with new requirements on how teachers must be…

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The bill to trim teacher contract rights... 

Two of the three bills in state schools Supt. Tom Luna's reform package are up for debate in the Senate today: SB 1108, trimming teacher contract rights; and SB 1110, establishing a pay-for-performance system for teachers. Here's a list of the changes that SB 1108…

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