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Eye On Boise archive for March 22, 2011


The Senate Education Committee debates SB 1184, the new school reform bill, on Tuesday afternoon; the panel passed the bill on a 6-3 vote. (Betsy Russell)

Committee passes SB 1184, 6-3 

The Senate Education Committee has voted 6-3 in favor of SB 1184, the school reform bill, which now goes to the full Senate with a recommendation that it "do pass." Those voting in favor of the bill were Sens. Toryanski, Winder, Fulcher, Mortimer, Goedde, and…

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Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, argues in favor of SB 1184, the school reform bill, on Tuesday afternoon, saying schools need to have technology to stay current, even in tough times. (Betsy Russell)

Mortimer: No way to avoid cuts to schools 

Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, said, "Because of our budget circumstances, I believe that there's no way we're not going to have cuts to education." He said the cuts to salary-based apportionment in the bill are not cuts to education, because the money still would…

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Brown: 'We cannot be deterred'

In his closing comments, Otter aide Roger Brown told the Senate Education Committee, "This is a sacred obligation by the state." He said the Idaho Constitution demands education. "It's very difficult. A lot of passions have been ignited," he said. "Cutting the system is equally…

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Boeckel: "Idaho PTA objects"

Laurie Boeckel of the Idaho PTA told the Senate Education Committee, "Idaho PTA ... objects to mandates being determined by the state Board of Education, consists of political appointees ... who are not able to be held accountable by the public." She said, "This legislation…

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Wood: 'Trades teachers for technology'

Sherri Wood, president of the Idaho Education Association, told the Senate Education Committee, "We all know that what Idaho needs is more jobs. SB1184 will mean hundreds and perhaps thousands of lost jobs for Idaho." She said the bill's technology mandates and other funding changes…

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'Difficult decision to reallocate resources'

After Otter aide Roger Brown assured the Senate Education Committee that the reform plan doesn't envision replacing teachers with computers, Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, said, "In the bill, there are at least three places where money is taken out of the funds that fund teachers,…

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Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, asks the House Resources & Conservation Committee on Monday to send his wolf bill, HB 274, to the House's amending order, after admitting the measure "probably needs to be worked on some more." The bill, HB 274, would prohibit state or local government employees from assisting "in any way" with wolf management or enforcement.  (Betsy Russell)

Hart's wolf bill sent off for fixes

Rep. Phil Hart's bill to ban any state or local government employee from assisting "in any way" with wolf management or enforcement ran into problems yesterday in the House Resources & Conservation Committee, but the panel agreed, at Hart's request, to send HB 274 to…

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