The Idaho Senate passed Superintendent Tom Luna's controversial third education reform bill yesterday, sending it on to a welcoming House.
The bill, which lowers state funding for teacher salaries while mandating increased technology, is the third and final part of the Students Come First plan. The previous two bills, which create a merit-pay system and limit bargaining power for teachers, have already been signed into law.
The bill would shift $57 million from state funding for teacher salaries to technology budgets, over the objections of stakeholders statewide.
Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, said earlier this week that if the bill passed the Senate, it would definitely pass the House, where it has more support.