Idaho's state Department of Education is disputing a national study that showed Idaho's per-pupil education funding has dropped by 19 percent since 2008, the fourth-biggest drop in the nation. StateImpact Idaho reports today that the department takes issue with the study from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, saying its own figures show Idaho's per-pupil spending fell just under 12 percent from 2008 to 2011. Among the differences in the figures: The national study, which examined all 50 states, looks at a longer time period and adjusts the numbers for inflation. You can read StateImpact's full report here.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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