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Initial results from Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake’s school elections showed that East Valley School District voters approved two levies and Central Valley had a narrow lead.
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.
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.
The Washington Constitution requires “ample” school funding. Spokane and the entire state are learning that ample funding is not enough.
Budget negotiators in Olympia reach tentative agreement on a $52.4 billion two-year budget.
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.
Legislature facing pressure over school funding as it moves toward a deal on the 2019-21 general operating budget.
A task force to study possible removal of the Snake River dams could generate outsized controversy in Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget.
Budget bills, other changes to state education policies and programs may satisfy Supreme Court order on providing adequate money for public schools.
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.)
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...
The new state school funding formula is complicated and full of variables, and legislators are trying to work them out. In the meantime, voter-approved levies remain vital to your local schools.
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.
The 2018 Legislature faces some familiar issues, including a final fix for public schools, a construction budget left over from last year and a possible tax on carbon pollution.