Thursday, March 28, 2013

UPDATE: Senate Education Chairman: Don't Expect Testimony Next Week Outside of the Technology, Pay-For-Performance Issues

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 3:03 PM

UPDATE 5 p.m.

The latest speedbump in the road toward a new K-12 public education budget, stalling the 2013 Idaho Legislature, came in the form of an email late Thursday from Coeur d'Alene Republican Sen. John Goedde, chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

Minutes earlier, Goedde had coached his committee's membership to be prepared for a joint hearing on Monday alongside the House Education Committee.

But that plan was ditched late Thursday, when Goedde said that the Monday session had been postponed ... for now:

"It appears that the ideas being developed for the germane committee work and public input are not yet seasoned to be heard. The meeting I announced in the Senate Education Committee this afternoon has been cancelled for the present."


Just before Coeur d'Alene Republican Sen. John Goedde gaveled Thursday afternoon's session of the Senate Education Committee to a close, he was stopped by Emmett Republican Sen. Steven Thayn, wanting to know what committee members could expect next week when the Senate and House Education committees meet in joint session to iron out a deal for a K-12 public education budget. The pending budget was derailed on the Senate floor late Wednesday, when more than enough senators balked at the budget's earmarks for funding for technology and teacher pay-for-performance plans, pillars of the recently rejected Students Come First laws.

"Will there be testimony on Monday?" asked Thayne. "What's the plan?"

Goedde told his committee members to "expect to hear from stakeholders" on the technology and pay-for-performance proposals.

"We're not going to be taking testimony on anything outside of that scope," said Goedde.

When New Plymouth Republican Sen. Monty Pearce asked Goedde what Monday's time schedule might look like, the committee chairman said he wasn't expecting to last throughout the morning.

"We're scheduled from 8 a.m. to 9:30, and we may not even take that much time," said Goedde.

But the end result will still have to go back to the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee and get full approval from the House and Senate before anybody can think about going home for the year. Right now, lawmakers are looking at next Thursday or Friday for a sine die.

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