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Board of Ed subcommittee backs away from one task force recommendation, rest moving forward

A state Board of Education subcommittee is backing away from one of the 20 recommendations issued by Gov. Butch Otter’s Task Force for Improving Education, reports Clark Corbin of Idaho Education News. The proposal to change the way the state calculates school funding was studied by a subcommittee and found unworkable after a close look at the logistics, costs and benefits.

“To change from attendance to enrollment is a huge change and it impacts a lot of districts,” Tom Taggart, a committee member and director of business and operations for the Lakeland School District, told the House Education Committee this morning. “We felt it was, maybe, a fairly sizable disruption and would cause some issues that didn’t need to happen.” Other task force recommendations are moving forward. State board members Richard Westerberg and Don Soltman are joining Taggart in the presentations, and offering an update on the progress on all the task force recommendations; they’re presenting to the Senate Education Committee this afternoon. Corbin’s full report is online 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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