MORE INSIDE: A teacher bonus push takes shape and the Senate made a formal statement condemning vaccine mandates.
As lawmakers withdrew from Idaho’s capital city Thursday — at least temporarily — the fate of a much-debated $6 million early education grant remained in question.
Lawmakers wrapped up their work late Wednesday night. At 122 days, the session is the longest in state history.
By EdNews’ count, 69.4 percent of emails to the governor petitioned him to veto House Bill 377.
Some of the hottest debates over education bills – around school budgets and indoctrination in the classroom – have been settled.
The $383 million in cuts were pushed by Statehouse Republicans, who say lower taxes are key to the state’s economic competitiveness.
The possible shutdown is a function of timing, and when the session ends. It could affect paychecks for some 20,000 state employees, and raises questions about whether first responders can stay on the job, Clark Corbin of the Idaho Capital Sun reported Thursday.