Democrats led the charge against House Bill 500, calling it hurtful, unnecessary and unconstitutional. But 51 Republicans sided with Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls, sending her bill to the Senate.
Rep. Wendy Horman and Sen. Lori Den Hartog say their bill will improve voter turnout and engagement. Education groups oppose the bill, which would eliminate March and August school elections.
The hearing is scheduled to resume at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Get caught up on today’s news from the Statehouse about 10th grade ISAT testing, literacy intervention and accountability and extra money for classroom supplies.
The board says it will find a replacement in March.
Republicans supported introducing the new bill, while Democrats tried to kill it.
Teachers will need to earn a new advanced professional endorsement and climb to a new rung of the career ladder.
Only 64 percent of kindergartners left school last spring with grade-level reading skills. Boise State University researchers have no hard answers — but no shortage of theories.