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Nonini Pushes Luna Bill Thru 44-26

“Pay for the performance will reward excellence in the classroom,” Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, told the House, opening debate on SB 1110, the teacher merit pay bill. Noting that the bill's first-year cost is $38 million and no funding source is identified, Nonini bristled at suggestions he's heard that it's an “unfunded mandate.” In subsequent years, the program would cost the state $51.3 million a year. “This is statutory spending,” he said. “Unfunded mandate - couldn't be further from the truth. That means it gets funded automatically from monies appropriated to fund public schools"/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Will today's sure-fire support of a second Tom Luna 'reform' bill in the Idaho House be closer than Tuesday's 48-22 vote?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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