Teacher spending accounts
SCHOOLS – Adds to existing law to establish provisions regarding teacher spending accounts.

RS30577 / S1153

This bill creates “teacher spending accounts” to help offset costs educators incur for things like classroom supplies and materials, organizational supplies and professional development to increase content knowledge. Unfortunately, despite yearly increases in Idaho funding for public school districts over the past 10 years, not enough of the money is actually making it to classrooms. Idaho teachers spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars, a year out of their own pockets to provide basic supplies for their classrooms. This bill creates a vehicle to address that problem by directing the State Department of Education to develop a plan and process to distribute money directly to teachers to defray costs for classroom-related expenses. None of the funds can be used for administration at the school or district level, and the money goes straight to the classroom.

This bill only creates the accounts and does not specify a total amount to be allocated nor a specific amount per teacher. The bill is subject to appropriation by the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, and JFAC will determine funding levels.

Bill Events
Date Description
03/08 Introduced; read first time; referred to JR for Printing
Reported Printed; referred to Education
03/13 Reported out of committee; to 14th Order for amendment
03/15 Placed in the Committee of the Whole
Reported out without recommendation, as amended
Amendments ordered printed; referred for engrossment
03/16 Amendments reported printed
Reported engrossed, filed for first reading, as amended
Read first time as amended, filed for Second Reading
03/17 Read second time as amended, filed for Third reading
Rules Suspended (2/3 Vote - Read in full as required) – Read third time in full as amended – PASSED - 34-0-1
AYES – Adams, Anthon, Bernt, Bjerke, Burtenshaw, Carlson, Cook, Den Hartog, Foreman, Grow, Guthrie, Harris, Hart, Hartgen, Herndon, Just, Lakey, Lee, Lenney, Nichols, Okuniewicz, Rabe, Ricks, Ruchti, Schroeder, Semmelroth, Taylor, Toews, Trakel, VanOrden, Ward-Engelking, Winder, Wintrow, Zuiderveld
NAYS – None
Absent and excused – Lent
Floor Sponsor - Herndon
Title apvd - to House
03/20 Received from the Senate, Filed for First Reading
Read First Time, Referred to Education