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MACKAY -- The Idaho School Board Association says controversial measures giving districts more leverage during teacher contract negotiations are necessary to preserve many small Idaho school districts.

ISBA Executive Director Karen Echeverria says the end game is simple: Districts on tight budgets may face bankruptcy or other consequences without more power to lower teacher salaries or reduce staffing.

Mackay Joint School District Superintendent Karen Pyron says the eastern Idaho district of 197 students is on a fiscal cliff in the wake of federal and state funding cuts.

Teachers union officials say more money for schools -- not tools to cut salaries -- would better help balance budgets for districts like Mackay.

Democratic lawmakers say it's too soon to revisit the same Students Come First laws that were repealed by voters last fall.

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