Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Idaho Education Budget

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

On Tuesday, the Senate State Affairs Committee introduced a compromise bill designed to bring together opposing factions who disagree on the proposed public schools budget, which the Senate voted down last week 17-18.

What does that mean, and what’s next? Here’s the rundown.

What does this bill do? It takes two pieces of the original appropriations bill — technology grants and teacher merit pay — and puts them into state code instead of in an appropriations budget.

Why? When the Senate voted down the original education budget, much of the opposition focused more on process than the actual budget. Specifically, many of those who voted “no” wanted those two pieces of the budget — technology grants and merit pay for teachers — to go through policy committees, where they would be subject to public hearings.

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