BOISE -- Legislation that has languished in the Senate to restore more than $30 million to public schools is finally on the move.
The measure is known as the fix it bill because it aims to give back to schools funding lost after the Students Come First laws were repealed in November. The bill approved by the House weeks ago finally cleared the Senate Education Committee Thursday.
The more than $30 million would go toward teacher salaries, dual credit courses, technology and professional development.
Boise Democrat Sen. Branden Durst said it gives certainty to districts counting on that cash to make ends meet this year.
Republican Sen. Dean Mortimer of Idaho Falls said that while the bill doesn't help schools pay operating bills -- it still provides important money for districts.