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Bill taps public school budget to fund charter school buildings

Controversial legislation introduced in the House Education Committee on Thursday would siphon off a share of the state’s public school budget to pay for school buildings at Idaho charter schools. Idaho traditionally has relied on local voters to raise their own property taxes to fund school buildings. Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News reports that the funding measure is one of two major charter school bills in the works, with the second designed to change how charters schools are formed and governed in Idaho; it’s likely to be introduced next week. You can read his full report here.

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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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