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Luna: Idaho must start now to implement task force plan

State schools Superintendent Tom Luna, beginning his public school budget presentation, told lawmakers, “Overall, our schools are doing better as evidenced by our Five Star Rating System.” The top 5-star rating is not easy to get, he said; fewer than 100 schools statewide have it. But, he said, “Today, we have more 5-star schools than the year before and fewer 1-star schools.”

He urged lawmakers to read the full report from the governor’s school improvement task force. “When totaled, we estimate the recommendations will cost $350 million to $400 million over the course of 5 to 6 years,” Luna said. “We strongly believe implementation must begin today.”

He said his budget proposal for next year is designed to start that process.


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