A light moment from Tuesday’s lengthy debate on House Bill 206, which would provide facilities money to charter schools.
The bill passed, 42-27, with opponents saying the state couldn’t afford to incur the new expense.
Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, said the needs are great in regular public schools, including in rural Idaho.
That prompted Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, to rise in objection to what he heard as a smear on charter schools.
“Charter schools are REAL schools, too!” said Nielsen.
Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, corrected Nielsen, saying, “Gentleman, I believe the lady said, ‘rural’ schools.”
Nielsen apologized and voted with the majority. The bill now goes to the Senate.