Idaho Senate backs contentious charter school contract bill

Source: Kimberlee Kruesi, Idaho Statesman, February 22, 2016

Charter schools would no longer be required to use the same teacher contracts as other public schools under a bill that has cleared the Idaho Senate. Senate lawmakers voted 22-13 Monday to allow charter schools to create their own contracts without approval from the state’s superintendent of public instruction. The legislation wouldn’t require charter schools to opt out of using the superintendent-approved language nor would it affect current charter teacher contracts. … Nonini said a charter school in his legislative district asked for the exemption. For example, if approved, charters could provide one-year contracts rather than the current mandated three-year contract. They could also mix in half-days or add duties outside the classroom inside their contracts. … Officials warned during the bill’s legislative hearing that teachers in charter schools will be at risk of getting roped into contracts that do not guarantee their rights as protected in the standard language overseen by the superintendent’s office.