The K-12 committee, by the numbers

A by-the-numbers look at the K-12 legislative interim committee, appointed last week:

  • Four. The number of first-term lawmakers on the 10-member committee: Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise; Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls; Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Pingree; Rep. Holli Woodings, D-Boise.
  • Two. The number of committee members who also serve on their local school boards: Horman and VanOrden
  • Two. The number of committee members who also serve on Gov. Butch Otter’s education reform task force: Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, and House Education Committee Chairman Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle. A third legislator serves on the Otter task force: Rep. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise, but House Minority Leader John Rusche had indicated he didn’t want to have one Democrat pulling double duty on both committees.
  • Two. The number of interim committee members who don’t serve on House or Senate education committees: Martin and Woodings.
  • One. The number of committee members who voted against the 2013-14 K-12 budget bill: Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale.
  • Eight and two. The party breakdown (eight Republicans and two Democrats).
Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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