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The K-12 budget impasse: an analysis

The Senate Education Committee put its stamp — albeit a faint stamp — on the K-12 budget on Wednesday. The committee opened the morning with a public hearing on two contentious pieces of the budget, pay for performance and technology

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Signs point to a K-12 budget accord (UPDATED)

(UPDATED, 10:37 a.m., with comments from Senate floor.) Do legislators have a deal to set the 2013-14 public school budget — and end the 2013 legislative session? Here’s one important sign. The House and Senate education committees have scheduled a public

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While we wait: two good links on the K-12 budget impasse

April began quietly at the Statehouse. Almost ghost-town quiet. The House and the Senate won’t convene until 1:30 p.m. — the better to allow out-of-town legislators to spend the Easter weekend at home. No committee meetings are scheduled today. And

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Six House defectors helped Senate derail schools budget

When several House Republicans sought to defect to the Senate during the 2012 elections, the conventional wisdom held that this shift would make the Senate more conservative — and more like the House. The verdict: Yes and no. The newcomers

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The Senate’s public schools budget vote: an analysis

Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett It has been, as Sen. Steven Thayn put it Wednesday, a “dysfunctional” session on education issues. And he said that before senators did something extremely unusual: They voted down a public schools budget on a narrow 17-18 vote.

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