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Senate committee dooms teacher hiring bill

By Associated Press
Published On: Mar 26 2013 04:17:17 PM MDT
BOISE, Idaho -

A Senate committee has killed legislation that would have added strings to dollars previously directed toward teacher salaries.
    
The proposal passed the House, but fell far short of the majority needed Tuesday make it through the Senate Education Committee.
    
The bill would have sent about $12 million in funding to districts to restore their teaching staff to 2011 levels and provide money to offset contracts for teachers currently facing furlough days.
    
Idaho Education Association Executive Director Robin Nettinga complained the bill removes local decision making power and money that could be used to compensate teachers who have taken salary cuts in the last few years.
    
Coeur d'Alene Republican Sen. Bob Nonini said lawmakers should focus on outcomes and improving student performance, not sending down orders to local school districts.