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Unconcerned Legislature Strangling UI

The lack of concern for education and its proper funding from the Idaho Legislature is amazing. In recent years, the state has hacked away at the public education budget forcing school districts to run levy and bond elections, or make substantial cuts. For higher education, that same financial black hole is increasingly subsidized with tuition paid by students. Or at least that's what the schools hope will happen.But the Idaho State Board of Education - for two years in a row now - has stopped this from occurring. The University of Idaho asked for approval of a 5.9 percent increase for in-state tuition at an SBOE meeting last week and was denied it. The board, instead, voted for a 5 percent increase - a loss of $500,000 from UI's anticipated $3.3 million in additional revenue for 2013-14/Elizabeth Rudd, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: I keep asking the question, over and over -- Why do we let the Idaho Legislature get away with underfunding all levels of education? When are we going to say, enough, and start voting these guys out of office? We certainly have some anti-education ringleaders in North Idaho.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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