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The K-12 legislative interim committee: by the numbers

A by-the-numbers look at the K-12 legislative interim committee, appointed last week:

  • Four. The number of first-term lawmakers on the 10-member committee: Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise; Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls; Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Pingree; Rep. Holli Woodings, D-Boise.
  • Two. The number of committee members who also serve on their local school boards: Horman and VanOrden
  • Two. The number of committee members who also serve on Gov. Butch Otter’s education reform task force: Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, and House Education Committee Chairman Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle. A third legislator serves on the Otter task force: Rep. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise, but House Minority Leader John Rusche had indicated he didn’t want to have one Democrat pulling double duty on both committees.
  • Two. The number of interim committee members who don’t serve on House or Senate education committees: Martin and Woodings.
  • One. The number of committee members who voted against the 2013-14 K-12 budget bill: Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale.
  • Eight and two. The party breakdown (eight Republicans and two Democrats).

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News ( Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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