Some of the hottest debates over education bills – around school budgets and indoctrination in the classroom – have been settled.
By EdNews’ count, 69.4 percent of emails to the governor petitioned him to veto House Bill 377.
The $383 million in cuts were pushed by Statehouse Republicans, who say lower taxes are key to the state’s economic competitiveness.
The House Tuesday struck down a bill to free up $40.3 million to help schools pay for staff and student COVID-19 tests. School districts, along with private and charter schools, could have opted into receiving the state-held federal money to pay for voluntary tests. But some House members said they didn’t want more coronavirus testing…
This bill could break the legislative logjam budget debates have created. And that could bring an end to a historically long session that costs taxpayers more each day.
In other news, the Idaho Lottery will continue to offer the Powerball game, which provides dividends to public schools.
Some Republicans say the Protecting Critical Thinking in Higher Education Act, which gives students added grounds to sue colleges and professors, could be the linchpin to passing a higher ed budget.
After the Senate killed a proposal earlier in the session, the election change is back by a different legislative maneuver.