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Leah Jones: Invest in our kids. They’re worth it

The Invest in Idaho citizen ballot initiative is about investing in our children and the future of our state. A generation of kids has already been left behind. We can’t afford to saddle the next generation with the same problems.

A tale of two schools: Test scores diverge on Spokane campuses, despite investments

More money is needed at schools in lower-income neighborhoods to pay for more counselors, therapists and other specialists, said school district officials. “The primary driver is working to create focus in serving the whole child,” said associate superintendent Adam Swinyard, the chief academic officer for Spokane Public Schools.

Sen. Mark Schoesler: Don’t blame Legislature for school districts’ budget problems

If Spokesman-Review readers saw last week’s story (“Spokane schools issues 325 layoff notices amid budget shortfall”), they understandably would have questions, and might conclude the Legislature caused the $31 million deficit being predicted for next year by Spokane Public Schools. But there is more to this issue. People should be aware of the factors that school districts and education unions aren’t mentioning when claiming to be in financial trouble.

Neal Kirby: Proposed staff mix factor for teachers harmful to rural areas

Education finance laws passed in 2017 eliminated the staff mix factor. This factor was used to provide state salary funds based on a teacher’s experience and training. Instead of the staff mix factor, the state adopted an average teacher salary funding plan whereby each district will receive the same funding for each teacher within each regional salary designation. (The state also ended equal statewide salary funding and adopted regional salary funding based on housing costs.)

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 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...

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.