BOISE, Idaho — In a story March 27 about Idaho’s House failing to override Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s first veto of the 2018 session, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the new comprehensive test for young students had been rejected by the Republican governor. Otter’s veto still keeps the new comprehensive replacement test in place.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Governor vetoes bid to unlink reading test to teacher pay
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has vetoed legislation that would have removed the state’s long-standing reading test for young students from being tied to teachers’ evaluations
By KIMBERLEE KRUESI
BOISE, Idaho — House Republicans failed Tuesday to override Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s veto of legislation that would have removed the state’s long-standing reading test for young students from being tied to teachers’ pay raises.
Otter, a Republican, said Monday the so-called Idaho Reading Indicator is still a valid measure of student growth. Lawmakers replaced the test with a more comprehensive assessment during this session, which Otter strongly supported.
Otter added lawmakers passed a five-year teacher pay plan in 2015 — known as the career ladder — designed to be paired with accountability measures.
“Accountability for student outcomes is a hallmark of the career ladder for teacher pay that was approved by the 2015 Legislature,” Otter wrote in his veto letter. “Reading proficiency in kindergarten through third grade is a critical metric of student progress and teacher accountability,”
The early reading test is targeted toward kindergarten through third-graders students with the intent of identifying students falling behind.
House Republicans met privately Tuesday to discuss the veto, but ultimately voted against overriding the governor’s veto on a 34-29 vote with no debate. Reversing a governor’s veto required a two-thirds majority in the House.
Lawmakers are finished passing bills and resolutions for the year, but they are sticking around the Capitol until Otter finishes signing or vetoing bills they sent to his desk due to a new adjournment process put in place after an Idaho Supreme Court ruling deemed the Legislature’s previous procedure illegal.
State lawmakers used to be able to go home once done passing legislation, leaving them little opportunity to overturn a governor’s veto in years past because they had already left the Capitol.
Otter has until the end of Wednesday to approve or block bills. Some of the remaining proposals include a contentious trespassing proposal and a repeal of a 2016 non-compete law.