Continued Fiscal Woes Force Idaho Ed. Cuts
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R)
| IDAHO | A major revenue shortfall forced Idaho lawmakers to cut K-12 education programs by 7.5 percent, or $128.5 million, in fiscal 2011. The state’s total budget for that year is $2.8 billion, and the K-12 budget is $1.7 billion.
To balance the books, state lawmakers cut teacher salaries by 4 percent and administrator salaries by 6.5 percent. And the state trimmed back funding for some education programs, including 33 percent, or $2 million, for students with limited English-language skills.
While no one is happy with this budget to cut public education, I am pleased we were able to come to consensus and craft a budget that will preserve ... those programs that get into the classroom and have the most immediate, positive impact on student achievement, state schools Superintendent Tom Luna said in a statement.
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