Stories tagged: Idaho school funding
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 8:16 p.m.
Idaho approves 7 percent boost in school funding from endowment
Idaho’s public schools will see a 7 percent boost in their payout from the state endowment next year, under a plan approved unanimously by the state Land Board on Tuesday.
UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:33 p.m.
Ybarra’s rural school network bill squeaks through Idaho House
Idaho state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s rural schools bill, HB 223, narrowly passed the House Tuesday on a 37-33 vote.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 10:32 p.m.
Idaho schools chief makes pitch to lawmakers to stick with plan to boost teacher pay, earns high marks
Idaho state school Superintendent Sherri Ybarra told lawmakers Thursday that funding the third year of Idaho’s five-year plan to improve teacher pay is imperative, “not only to attract new teachers …
Tue., Aug. 16, 2016, 2:18 p.m.
Idaho schools to get $10 million boost from endowment
Idaho’s public schools will get a $10 million boost in funding next year from the state endowment due to strong earnings in 2014 and 2015.
Tue., Dec. 1, 2015, 2:05 p.m.
Core testing boycott could endanger millions in funding for Idaho schools
Idaho school officials say a nascent movement among some anti-Common Core parents to boycott required annual student testing could endanger tens of millions in federal funding for the state’s cash-strapped …
Sat., Nov. 28, 2015, 10 a.m.
Idaho ballot proposal would lower sales tax, cut exemptions
The League of Women Voters of Idaho is launching a ballot initiative drive to lower Idaho’s sales tax from 6 percent to 5 percent.
Sun., June 21, 2015
Eye on Boise: Schools could get $3 million a year more from endowment
Idaho schools could collect nearly $3 million a year more from the state’s endowment starting a year from now. Based on how investment returns are coming into Idaho’s endowment, the …
Sat., March 28, 2015
Idaho teachers get pay boost
BOISE – Idaho lawmakers set a $1.48 billion public school budget on Friday, matching Gov. Butch Otter’s call for a 7.4 percent increase and fully funding the first year of …
Fri., Jan. 30, 2015
Ybarra unclear on budget figures in public instruction presentation to legislators
BOISE – Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra wants local school officials to decide how money should be spent in the classroom. During her first budget presentation to the …
Sun., Jan. 18, 2015
Eye on Boise: Otter names Field to head correction board
Gov. Butch Otter has named Debbie Field, former chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee, former state drug czar and former chairman of Otter’s re-election campaign, as the new chair of …
Tue., Jan. 13, 2015
Otter urges school funding hike, tax cuts in State of State message
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter called for boosts to school funding and tax cuts for businesses and top earners in his State of the State message to a joint …
Fri., Jan. 9, 2015
Otter says 2015 budget will reflect state’s financial health
BOISE – Laying out priorities for the upcoming legislative session, Gov. Butch Otter told reporters Thursday he’ll propose finally restoring school funding in Idaho to pre-recession levels not seen since …
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
Board of Education endorses pay ladder for Idaho teachers
BOISE – Idaho’s state Board of Education has unanimously endorsed legislation to set up a “career ladder” for Idaho teachers, phasing in substantial pay increases if teachers meet performance standards. …
Sun., Sept. 21, 2014
Eye on Boise: Idaho treasurer’s office receives clean audit
The office of state Treasurer Ron Crane received a clean bill of health in a new management audit released late last week by Idaho’s state auditor’s office. The new review, …
Sun., Aug. 24, 2014
Eye on Boise: Politics hinder wildfire funding bill
A year ago, Idaho GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, gathered at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise to push the …
Sun., March 23, 2014
Education was Idaho legislators’ priority this session
BOISE – Education funding took center stage at the Idaho Legislature this year. Lawmakers nearly doubled Gov. Butch Otter’s proposed 2.9 percent increase in school funding, to $66 million. The …
Tue., Jan. 21, 2014
Proposed alternative budget would benefit Idaho schools
BOISE – Idaho could spend tens of millions more on public schools, raise pay for teachers and state workers, and restore services to the poor and disabled – all while …
Tue., Jan. 7, 2014
Idaho education a priority in Gov. Butch Otter’s budget
BOISE – Education is the top priority for Idaho for the coming year, Gov. Butch Otter declared Monday, coming even ahead of tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy. “Any …
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
Rathdrum charter school to add high school grades
A popular charter school in Rathdrum has been approved to expand from its current K-8 focus into high school grades – over the objections of the local school district, which …
Thu., Dec. 5, 2013
Bipartisan Idaho school reform bills unveiled
BOISE – In a rare moment of bipartisanship on school reform in Idaho, Democratic state lawmakers unveiled four far-reaching bills Wednesday, and GOP state schools Superintendent Tom Luna endorsed them. …
Thu., June 13, 2013
Idaho schools superintendent dismisses adding counselors
BOISE – Idaho lawmakers are unhappy that the state’s schools superintendent has resisted moves to add more school counselors. More counselors equals more students continuing their education at colleges or …
Fri., April 5, 2013
Idaho’s lawmakers pass budget, head home
BOISE – Idaho lawmakers adjourned their legislative session Thursday after 88 days, running nearly a week longer than planned amid a deadlock in the Senate over the budget for public …
Thu., April 4, 2013
Idaho lawmakers have deal on new schools budget
BOISE – A new $1.3 billion Idaho public schools budget built by legislators this week is poised to pass a final vote today. The compromise version has been embraced by …
Thu., March 28, 2013
Idaho school budget rejected by one vote in Senate
BOISE – In a stunning move Wednesday, the Idaho Senate rejected the public school budget by one vote – sending lawmakers back to the drawing board and derailing plans to …
Tue., March 5, 2013
Panel backs restoring teacher pay
BOISE – Idaho would restore cuts to state funding for teacher salaries made over the past three years under a public schools budget set Monday by a legislative committee. Five …
Sun., Dec. 9, 2012
Eye on Boise: Ed funding ‘probably not’ up to snuff
BOISE – Idaho is “probably not” meeting the state constitution’s requirements to provide for education, Gov. Butch Otter told a crowd of more than 400 people last week. The implications …
Tue., Oct. 2, 2012
Idaho suit takes on school fees
BOISE – A former Idaho school district superintendent with twin granddaughters in kindergarten is suing the state, charging that cash-strapped schools are violating the Idaho Constitution by charging fees for …
Mon., Oct. 1, 2012, 1:09 p.m.
Idaho school fees challenged as unconstitutional
An Idaho grandfather and former school district superintendent is suing the state of Idaho and all its school districts, charging that cash-strapped schools are violating the Idaho Constitution by increasingly …
Sun., Sept. 9, 2012
Eye on Boise: If voters say no to school reforms …
BOISE – There’s a what-if question being debated in Idaho politics that matters quite a bit: What if voters in November reject Propositions 1, 2 and 3, repealing state Superintendent …
Thu., June 28, 2012
Idaho education spending near last
BOISE – Idaho’s school spending per pupil ranks second-worst in the nation for a second straight year, according to the latest figures from the U.S. census, while Washington’s is 32nd, …