MTG: STEM Action Center and legislative wrap-up

Posted at 6:21 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 20:32:34-05

It’s one of Gov. Butch Otter’s various funding requests for education: a big boost in funding for the state’s fledgling STEM Action Center.

The centerpiece of the plan would transfer $10 million of general fund dollars into another fund — one that would cover grants and professional development to advance the “STEM” disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math...

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The Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee approved a rule that would ease fire alarm requirements in a host of buildings — including smaller schools.

Under the rule change, fire alarms would be required only in school buildings with 50 students or more. The current threshold is 30 students or more.

The state’s Division of Building Safety proposed the fire alarm language, saying it would bring Idaho into compliance with the latest — but still unadopted — version of the International Building Code. The language was part of a larger rule that included, among other items, language pertaining to fire-resistant walls in townhouses.

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