2014 budget: Luna seeks 3 percent increase

Superintendent Tom Luna proposes an increase in overall education funding, an increase in teacher pay and he recommends funding the ideas produced by the governor’s education task force.

2013 budget: Put money back into education

Schools chief Tom Luna says money left in limbo because of Students Come First repeal must return to funding schools.

Governor’s task force resumes work Friday

The governor’s Education Task Force meets for the second time on Friday. The day’s agenda includes presentation from local and national experts on best practices. The members then break into work groups.

U of I seeks to expand Boise law school

It may sound like a lawyer-joke punchline, but it’s not. The University of Idaho says the state isn’t producing enough lawyers — imposing a “hidden tax” on Idahoans who need legal help.

Amid growth, CWI pushes for state funding

The College of Western Idaho’s enrollment has skyrocketed since its January 2009 opening — and the college’s president has a laundry list of requests.

Education could benefit from federal land

Utah law could be a model for Idaho if Idaho lawmakers decides to join the battle against the federal government to acquire land for state control and profit.

Education briefs from around the rotunda

Education committees will hold a joint session to listen to public testimony. Each speaker will have three minutes. The House Ed Committee will consider a bill that protects cursive handwriting. In other news, students enjoyed MLK Day events Monday at the Statehouse.

Kustra asks lawmakers for equity in funding

Boise State University president Bob Kustra made his budget request to lawmakers on Monday. Idaho State University president Arthur Vailas asked lawmakers to fund five additional Idaho seats at the University of Washington’s medical school. More education budget hearings continue this week.

Education week concludes today

Idaho budget writers will spend this week hearing budget requests for public schools and higher education. Gov. Butch Otter has already asked lawmakers to increase public school spending next year. The budget request hearing for K-12 public schools is Thursday.

Tim Hill is a funny guy

The Deputy Superintendent of Public School Finance used a little humor while explaining to lawmakers the complicated formulas for how schools are funded.