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Mon., Feb. 11, 2013, 4:04 p.m.

Testimony: ‘A real, live financial crisis for local school districts’

Among the testimony at this afternoon's education "listening session":

Scott Rogers, superintendent of the Minidoka school district, said, “We desperately need an increase in operational funding from the state of Idaho. What we’re facing is a real, live financial crisis for local school districts.” He said, "Now, I am no farmer, but this much I do know: If you starve a pig, it will die."

Karen Pyron, superintendent of the Mackay schools, told lawmakers “Small rural schools are simply crumbling. It is time for reform.”

Gail Chumbley, a longtime teacher at Eagle High School, said she’s retiring at the end of this school year. “I can’t do what I know is needed, and I cannot lower my standards,” she said.

Ron Perrenoud, superintendent of the Ririe School District near Idaho Falls, said, “For the first time since the district began in 1932, the Ririe School District has to look at trying to pass a supplemental levy to just take care of our operational costs.” He said, “Please make the tough decisions to provide adequate and thorough funding for all students and educators.”

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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