Senate, House Education Committees Will Meet Wednesday Morning to Move Ed Funding Forward

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It appeared early this morning: a notice indicating that the Idaho House and Senate education committees will meet in a special joint session Wednesday at 8 a.m.

Lawmakers huddled through much of the afternoon and early evening Monday, trying to find a path toward crafting a K-12 public education spending plan, which remains the highest hurdle for legislators to clear before hitting the exit.

On March 27, the Senate voted—by a one-vote margin—to kill a proposed $1.3 billion public school budget. The major sticking point, objectors said, was wording connected to funding for technology and teacher pay-for-performance, both key pillars of the Students Come First laws that voters rejected in November 2012.

"This ignores the will of the voters," said Coeur d'Alene Republican Sen. John Goedde.

Most lawmakers agree that the education budget's $1.3 billion appropriation will likely remain the same, but how the funding is distributed and allowances for discretionary spending are expected to be major parts of Wednesday's debate.

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