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Ybarra pitches 6.8% increase in state spending on schools next year

Here’s a link to my full story at on today’s public school budget hearing, in which Sherri Ybarra, Idaho’s state superintendent of schools, made a strong pitch to lawmakers increase state spending on schools by 6.8 percent next year, with the biggest portion of...

Ybarra pitches 6.8 percent school budget increase to lawmakers

Sherri Ybarra, Idaho’s state superintendent of schools, made a strong pitch to state lawmakers Thursday to raise the public school budget by 6.8 percent next year, with the biggest portion of the increase going to the multiyear effort to raise teachers’ salaries.

Ybarra opens school budget presentation: ‘We are on the right track’

Idaho state Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra told legislative budget writers this morning that she is “truly honored to come before you a fourth time on behalf of Idaho’s children.” She’s proposing a 6.8 percent increase in state general funds for K-12 public schools...

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 a five-year plan to boost Idaho teachers’ salaries. Two Democrats on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee pushed for a larger boost, saying that because of big growth in its student population, Idaho still isn’t increasing school funding to where it was in 2009.

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 schools. In the end, the budget that passed both houses Thursday morning was identical to the original, giving schools a 2.2 percent boost in state funding next year to $1.3 billion. But rancor remained over the direction of education policy in Idaho: In November, voters repealed the Students Come First school reform laws that lawmakers had enacted in 2011.

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 both the state Senate and House, passing each chamber on Wednesday and setting up final approval that features a few small changes.

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 end Idaho’s legislative session this week. At issue was $21 million for merit-pay bonuses and professional development for teachers, at the discretion of local school districts, and $3 million for technology pilot-project grants.