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Pockets Of Support For Parts Of Failed Education Laws

Yan Lu / NPR StateImpact

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Three bills have been introduced in the Idaho Legislature that resurrect pieces of the education laws voters rejected last November.

Boise State Public Radio reports the Idaho School Boards Association is pushing for three new measures that deal with union bargaining.

The new bill would bring back open meetings for labor negotiations. The same bill would again allow school districts to set contract terms if negotiations with local unions were not concluded by a certain date.

Monday the group introduced two other bills taken from Students Come First. One would require local teachers’ unions to prove each year they represent more than 50 percent of a district’s teachers in order to have collective bargaining. Another limits labor agreement’s to one year. –

Iterations of these laws were in place in Idaho for a year, until 57 percent of voters rejected them through Proposition 1. As we reported last year, 264,464 Idahoans voted to keep the laws associated with Prop 1, while 353,708 people voted to strike the laws.

Here’s our map that explores how people voted in each county.


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