House Passes Non-Traditional Preparation Program for Teachers

On February 5, 2019, State Representative Lance Clow (R-Twin Falls) introduced House Bill 93 (H0093). The stated purpose of this legislation is to “allow school districts and charter schools to enter into agreements with non-traditional teacher preparation programs to help recruit, select, train and retain teachers for hard to fill positions.”

Allowing non-traditional teacher preparation programs as the legislation proposes expands the pool of prospective teacher candidates, suggesting school districts will have more options in selecting teachers and preventing a problem of too few teachers.

However, House Bill 93 does come with a price tag. According to the legislation’s fiscal note, “the sponsors anticipate an appropriation request of $200,000 from the General Fund. Any allocated state funding must be matched by a minimum of 1:1 by private dollars.”

H0093 passed the Idaho House on February 28, 2019, with a vote of 43-25-2.

(Update: On March 18, 2019, House Bill 93 was voted out of the Senate amended (33-0-2) and awaits final action in the House.)

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Bill Details

Number: H0093 (2019)
Text | Statement of Purpose

Sponsor(s): Representatives Lance Clow (R-Twin Falls), Judy Boyle (R-Midvale), Gayann DeMordaunt (R-Eagle)

Co-Sponsor(s): Representatives Ryan Kerby, Jerald Raymond, Wendy Horman, Terry Gestrin, Randy Armstrong, Steven Harris, John Vander Woude, Bryan Zollinger, Thomas Dayley, Barbara Ehardt

Bill status: House, 3rd Reading (03.23.2019)