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Third Ed-Reform Bill Approved By Senate Committee

Lawmakers are advancing the third piece of a plan to reform Idaho’s public schools, with legislation to boost technology in the classroom. The Senate Education Committee voted 6-3 to approve the bill yesterday, with supporters convinced they need to restructure how Idaho’s scarce education dollars are spent. The panel sent the measure, which has undergone significant changes since it was first introduced, to the Senate for debate. Even with the changes IEA president sheri wood says she still opposes the legislation.  Public school trustees, administrators and the statewide teachers union testified in support of efforts to boost technology in the classroom — but not the plan to pay for it. The legislation would shift money from school funding used primarily for teacher salaries to finance the technology upgrades and merit pay.

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