Late Thursday afternoon, Idaho’s literacy initiative appeared to be in trouble — again.
A skeptical Senate Education Committee asked pointed questions about House Bill 526, the backbone for Gov. Butch Otter’s literacy plan. The committee didn’t vote — and because senators had to head to the floor for a late afternoon floor session, they put the bill on hold.
On Tuesday, the same committee was on a similar deadline, with less than an hour to consider this key piece of the literacy bill. But this time, the mood in the room and the tone of the committee could hardly be more different. Skepticism gave way to enthusiasm.