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Series of unanimous votes sets school budget that shows 5.9% increase

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...

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 lawmakers call for boost to school funding

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.

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.

Spokane schools plan for budget boost from state

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.

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.