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Poor districts struggle to pass levies

If voters say yes on Aug. 26, the Wilder School District will put some money from a supplemental property tax levy into athletics and the academic decathlon, to keep the district from imposing a pay-to-play program.

Some money would be used to offset employee health insurance premiums — in hopes of keeping employees from moving to another school district.

It’s the second time around in this rural Canyon County district; voters rejected an identical two-year, $598,000 levy on May 20. That makes Wilder an outlier. Forty-eight Idaho school districts have approved more than $120 million in levies so far in 2014. But one common thread unifies the four districts that have failed to approve levies. They are among the poorest districts in the state. Kevin Richert, IdahoEdNews

What does this say about Idaho Ed funding?



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