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Otter firm in transgender dispute

Gov. Butch Otter is standing by his numbers, in an ongoing dispute over transgender student policies. Otter maintains that the Obama administration’s transgender student guidelines jeopardize about a third of the state’s education funding. The claim was made in a legal brief filed by the state Friday — and Idaho Education News first reported about the claim Monday. Writing on Otter’s behalf, staff attorney Cally Younger said Idaho could lose 34.4 percent of its education funding, if it fails to comply with the transgender student guidelines. That 34.4 percent figure doesn’t square with the state’s K-12 budget; in 2016-17, federal dollars will account for only 13.7 percent of Idaho’s public schools budget/Kevin Richert, Idaho Education News. More here.

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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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