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How they voted…

Here are the nine Republicans who joined all House Democrats in opposing SB 1108: Reps. L. Smith, Trail, Wills, Bolz, Collins, Eskridge, Nesset, Schaefer, and McGeachin. After the vote, Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, said he doesn't like the idea of tenure. But, he said, "The reason I voted 'no' is I'm concerned with the arbitrary dismissal of our teachers, especially in a reduction in force, without regard to seniority." Eskridge said SB 1108 would let school districts dismiss effective, long-time teachers just because they're higher-salaried than less-experienced ones. "Money shouldn't be the only factor," he said. Said Rep. Bob Schaefer, R-Nampa, said, "I don't like the harshness of taking people's seniority away."

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