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State ed funding increase set

March 12, 2014
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL 

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.

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“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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