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School Superintendents Hoping "Fix It' Bill Passes In The State Senate

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By Andrew Reed

Rupert, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Idaho school superintendents are hoping for good news from state lawmakers.

The Idaho house recently passed a "fix it" bill that would restore more than $30 million in funding for public schools.

The bill will put money back that was lost when voters repealed props one, two, and three.

"We did fix the damage done by the defeat of the propositions and that was a unanimous vote on the house. It's going to the Senate and I don't see or hear any opposition,” said Representative Lance Clow.

If the bill is passed and signed school districts will receive the money they budgeted for.

"To have a midyear hold back is just devastating, so this fix it bill would eliminate those reductions and wouldn't send us any new money. It would just send us the money that was originally allocated” said Superintendent Dr. Scott Rogers, Minidoka County Joint School District.

Lawmakers explain the measure will pay for the new teachers who were hired at the start of the school year, cover technology, and professional development expenses.

"We hope to see that bill as favorable as it was in the House and is moved onto the Governor and signed. We have enough things to worry about for fiscal year 2014” said Dr. Rogers.

Funds school officials need to support students and staff.

The proposal now goes to the senate for a vote.


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