Companies Would Take Risk In Education Programs Under Idaho Bill

Feb 23, 2015

A legislative panel is backing a bill that would let Idaho's Education Department contract with private companies for education programs, and then only pay once the programs are shown to work.

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The House Education Committee unanimously approved the plan, dubbed "Pay for Success," on Monday.

Sen. Bob Nonini from Coeur d'Alene sponsored the legislation. He says Idaho would not have to pay any money unless an independent evaluator decides the educational pilot program has met its goals under the contract.

Usually, the state funds pilot programs with its own money.

Rep. Ilana Rubel from Boise and Rep. Judy Boyle from Midvale worried that the evaluator would be biased, because they would be paid by the private company.

The bill now goes to the full House for approval.