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Democratic Lawmakers Unveil Package of Education Bills

“I hope the entire Idaho Legislature can show the same commitment to problem solving that the members of the task force have shown.”

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In anticipation of the 2014 session of the Idaho Legislature, Democratic lawmakers unveiled four bills for the new session today, each targeting education. The measures were all triggered by recommendations from this summer's 31-member Education Improvement Taskforce, which called for a wide swath of reforms including an increase of teacher's pay and restoration of K-12 funding to 2008-2009 levels.

"If a group that is as diverse as the education task force can come together and agree, we should honor that by implementing their recommendations,” said Boise Democratic Rep. Hy Kloc. “I hope the entire Idaho Legislature can show the same commitment to problem solving that the members of the task force have shown.”

Democratic lawmakers unveiled their bills at a Statehouse press conference today. The first measure would institute a tiered licensure system for educators and improve salary structures; the second would instruct the state board of education to implement new accountabilities based on student outcomes; a third bill calls for the creation of competency-based system of promotion from grade to grade; and the fourth bill asks "average daily enrollment" to replace "daily attendance."

"We all have a common goal of giving our children the best educational opportunities that we can. I believe these bills give all legislators an opportunity to work toward that goal," said Boise Democratic Rep. Grant Burgoyne.