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Senate backs restoring Idaho teacher salary money

Idaho senators voted 32-0 on March 1 to reverse teacher salary funding cuts envisioned under public schools chief Tom Luna’s “Students Come First” reforms last year.

The Spokesman-Review reports the unanimous vote came after lawmakers said their local school districts supported the measure.

It would reverse $34 million in cuts had had been planned over the next five years to help pay for laptop computers and a teacher merit-pay program.

Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, the sponsor, said his bill will allow Idaho to direct tax revenue that’s on the rebound to pay for those items — at the same time making sure teachers avoid taking a pay hit.

It now goes to the House.

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