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UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 9:12 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 8:16 p.m.

Idaho approves 7 percent boost in school funding from endowment

Idaho’s public schools will see a 7 percent boost in their payout from the state endowment next year, under a plan approved unanimously by the state Land Board on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:33 p.m.

Ybarra’s rural school network bill squeaks through Idaho House

Idaho state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s rural schools bill, HB 223, narrowly passed the House Tuesday on a 37-33 vote.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Idaho schools chief makes pitch to lawmakers to stick with plan to boost teacher pay, earns high marks

Idaho state school Superintendent Sherri Ybarra told lawmakers Thursday that funding the third year of Idaho’s five-year plan to improve teacher pay is imperative, “not only to attract new teachers …


Idaho schools to get $10 million boost from endowment

Idaho’s public schools will get a $10 million boost in funding next year from the state endowment due to strong earnings in 2014 and 2015.


Core testing boycott could endanger millions in funding for Idaho schools

Idaho school officials say a nascent movement among some anti-Common Core parents to boycott required annual student testing could endanger tens of millions in federal funding for the state’s cash-strapped …


Idaho ballot proposal would lower sales tax, cut exemptions

The League of Women Voters of Idaho is launching a ballot initiative drive to lower Idaho’s sales tax from 6 percent to 5 percent.


Eye on Boise: Schools could get $3 million a year more from endowment

Idaho schools could collect nearly $3 million a year more from the state’s endowment starting a year from now. Based on how investment returns are coming into Idaho’s endowment, the …


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 …


Ybarra unclear on budget figures in public instruction presentation to legislators

BOISE – Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra wants local school officials to decide how money should be spent in the classroom. During her first budget presentation to the …


Eye on Boise: Otter names Field to head correction board

Gov. Butch Otter has named Debbie Field, former chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee, former state drug czar and former chairman of Otter’s re-election campaign, as the new chair of …


Otter urges school funding hike, tax cuts in State of State message

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter called for boosts to school funding and tax cuts for businesses and top earners in his State of the State message to a joint …


Otter says 2015 budget will reflect state’s financial health

BOISE – Laying out priorities for the upcoming legislative session, Gov. Butch Otter told reporters Thursday he’ll propose finally restoring school funding in Idaho to pre-recession levels not seen since …


Board of Education endorses pay ladder for Idaho teachers

BOISE – Idaho’s state Board of Education has unanimously endorsed legislation to set up a “career ladder” for Idaho teachers, phasing in substantial pay increases if teachers meet performance standards. …


Eye on Boise: Idaho treasurer’s office receives clean audit

The office of state Treasurer Ron Crane received a clean bill of health in a new management audit released late last week by Idaho’s state auditor’s office. The new review, …


Eye on Boise: Politics hinder wildfire funding bill

A year ago, Idaho GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, gathered at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise to push the …


Education was Idaho legislators’ priority this session

BOISE – Education funding took center stage at the Idaho Legislature this year. Lawmakers nearly doubled Gov. Butch Otter’s proposed 2.9 percent increase in school funding, to $66 million. The …


Proposed alternative budget would benefit Idaho schools

BOISE – Idaho could spend tens of millions more on public schools, raise pay for teachers and state workers, and restore services to the poor and disabled – all while …


Idaho education a priority in Gov. Butch Otter’s budget

BOISE – Education is the top priority for Idaho for the coming year, Gov. Butch Otter declared Monday, coming even ahead of tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy. “Any …


Rathdrum charter school to add high school grades

A popular charter school in Rathdrum has been approved to expand from its current K-8 focus into high school grades – over the objections of the local school district, which …


Bipartisan Idaho school reform bills unveiled

BOISE – In a rare moment of bipartisanship on school reform in Idaho, Democratic state lawmakers unveiled four far-reaching bills Wednesday, and GOP state schools Superintendent Tom Luna endorsed them. …


Idaho schools superintendent dismisses adding counselors

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers are unhappy that the state’s schools superintendent has resisted moves to add more school counselors. More counselors equals more students continuing their education at colleges or …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Panel backs restoring teacher pay

BOISE – Idaho would restore cuts to state funding for teacher salaries made over the past three years under a public schools budget set Monday by a legislative committee. Five …


Eye on Boise: Ed funding ‘probably not’ up to snuff

BOISE – Idaho is “probably not” meeting the state constitution’s requirements to provide for education, Gov. Butch Otter told a crowd of more than 400 people last week. The implications …


Idaho suit takes on school fees

BOISE – A former Idaho school district superintendent with twin granddaughters in kindergarten is suing the state, charging that cash-strapped schools are violating the Idaho Constitution by charging fees for …


Idaho school fees challenged as unconstitutional

An Idaho grandfather and former school district superintendent is suing the state of Idaho and all its school districts, charging that cash-strapped schools are violating the Idaho Constitution by increasingly …


Eye on Boise: If voters say no to school reforms …

BOISE – There’s a what-if question being debated in Idaho politics that matters quite a bit: What if voters in November reject Propositions 1, 2 and 3, repealing state Superintendent …