Senate approves pay cut bill, denies 'last best offer'

Senate approves pay cut bill, denies 'last best offer'

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Senate approves pay cut bill, denies 'last best offer'

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 12:48 PM

BOISE -- Senators supported giving Idaho school districts more flexibility to cut teacher pay during economic hard times.

The chamber voted 21-14 for the measure, one of several bills from the Idaho School Boards Association. 

Sen. Jim Patrick of Twin Falls said he was confident school districts wouldn't cut salaries unnecessarily, over objections from foes who say it tips the balance of power of who gets to decide what teachers earn.

The measure now goes to the House.

But one bill that isn't going to come to a vote is another ISBA-supported measure, giving school boards power to impose a "last, best offer" if contract talks stall.

Sen. John Goedde, Education Committee chairman, was asked by the group to withdraw the bill.

The Idaho Education Association teachers union strongly objected to it.
 

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