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Spokane Public Schools has decided to wait at least another six weeks to hopefully find some clarity and perhaps avoid declaring a financial emergency in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Schools are doing their best to cope with larger class sizes and other budget-related challenges, a trio of principals told Spokane Public Schools board members Wednesday night.
With the clock ticking toward Sunday’s scheduled end of the legislative session and a possible deal on the state operating budget, Spokane Public Schools officials were making pleas Monday to local lawmakers for help with their projected shortfall.
Idaho lawmakers on Monday set a public school budget for next year that reflects a 5.9 percent, $100 million increase in state funding next year – and it passed unanimously and with no debate or dissent.
In a series of unanimous votes, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee this morning set a public school budget for next year that reflects a 5.9 percent, $100 million increase in state general funds to $1.785 billion. There was no debate or dissent, and support for every...
Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com 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...
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.
In addition to highlighting the teacher career ladder as her top request in the public school budget for next year, state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra is highlighting requests for anti-bullying programs under the Safe & Drug-Free Schools program; additional funding for advanced opportunities for students;...
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...
The Idaho House passed all seven bills that make up the K-12 public schools budget on Monday with no debate and just a handful of “no” votes.
Idaho’s legislative budget writers set a public school budget today that reflects a 6.8 percent increase in state funds for next year, but several additional pieces that still are pending could push that up to 7.4 percent or more.
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.
More teachers, more counselors, more technology, more security and more kindergarten are all part of Spokane Public Schools’ 2013-14 preliminary budget to be presented tonight at the school board’s regular meeting. The additions are due mostly to new money expected from the state – an estimated $14.9 million in revenue – much of which will be spent on teachers, counselors and specialists. About $3.9 million of it will pay for full-day kindergarten, which is being implemented at all of the district’s elementary schools, district officials said.
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.