Eye On Boise

Otter not backing math initiative funding

State Schools Supt. Tom Luna got some favorable reactions from JFAC members this morning to his proposed math initiative, but Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, noted that Gov. Butch Otter hasn’t recommended funding the $4 million proposal. Otter’s budget director, Wayne Hammon, told the joint committee, “It’s very expensive, and a lot of very expensive ongoing items are not funded in the budget. … We have not seen any information as of yet as to how last year’s money was spent. … We want to know before we commit that kind of money.” Luna said last year’s $350,000 in “seed money” was used to evaluate current math instruction, review research, and develop the initiative.

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