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BOISE -- A bill mandating open teacher contract talks cleared the Senate unanimously, reflecting a rare point of agreement between the education union and school boards on a remnant of the failed Students Come First overhaul.

Friday's vote was 34-0, sending the proposal to make collective bargaining talks public and require school board officials to post notices of upcoming negotiation sessions to the House.

The bill would also make all meeting minutes and contract offers subject to state open records laws.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's Students Come First law died on Nov. 6 at the polls.

But foes and supporters alike of that overhaul said this measure, included in that package, should be preserved.

The Idaho Education Association union supported the legislation, as did the Idaho School Boards Association.

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