The 2 1/2-hour session is set for the same time and place as the hearing in the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee that was cancelled by GOP leadership last week.
"This was always my intent," said House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, who visited the press room Monday to assure that a news release from the Education Committee chairs, Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene and Rep. Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, had been delivered. "This is about elevating these other germane committees and is certainly not to denigrate JFAC."
The joint hearing is set for 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 1 in the Capitol Auditorium.
A second hearing of the joint Health & Welfare committees will likely take place the following week, Bedke said. The speaker had hoped that hearing would be on Feb. 8, the same day JFAC had scheduled its second listening session, but that date isn't convenient for the committees. The hearing date will be announced soon.
Said DeMordaunt in the news release: "We want to invite all citizens to attend and share their thoughts on how our education system can be improved."
Said Goedde: "We believe that listening sessions like these, in conjunction with the Governor's Task Force (on K-12 reform), can provide ideas to better educate Idaho's students. In addition, we want to encourage our citizens to attend the regularly scheduled Education Committee hearings where public testimony on proposed legislation is always appreciated."
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