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Senate Ed defies chairman, spikes bill

Amid the late-session tumult in both houses today, the Senate Education Committee saw all its members vote against their chairman and vice-chairman to kill a bill to force school districts to use nearly $14 million in salary money to rehire teachers or restore classroom days, reports Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News. That measure, HB 325, was scuttled in Senate Ed this afternoon, Richert reported; only Sens. Goedde and Mortimer voted against the motion to kill it. Meanwhile, the committee shipped another measure, SB 1040, to the Senate’s amending order with the idea of “radiator-capping” it, or transforming it completely, to match a previously killed Senate bill, SB 1148, allowing school districts to cut teacher salaries or contract days from one year to the next. You can read Richert’s full report here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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