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State ed funding increase set

March 12, 2014


Assistant editor

Some $1.375 billion has been appropriated by the Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance Appropriations Committee (JFAC) for this year’s K-12 public education budget.

This past week JFAC set the K-12 education budget, said Rep. Marc Gibbs of Grace. Gibbs represents residents of Franklin County and is on JFAC.


“This budget has been everyone’s top priority this legislative session. We were able to appropriate $1.375 billion, $66 million more than FY 2014,” he said. “This is also $29 million more than Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter had requested in his budget.”

This budget reflects an increase of one-percent to the teacher salary base and also raises the starting pay of teachers to $31,750, said Gibbs. He also said discretionary funding was increased from $20,000 per support unit to $22,401.

“This is a 12-percent increase. The Governor’s Task Force on Education had recommended restoring this funding over a five-year period. The increase accounted for two years of the phase-in,” he said. “We may be able to restore the funds faster than we originally estimated.”

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