Survey: Idahoans dissatisfied with K-12 funding

Nearly two-thirds of Idahoans believe their state is not spending enough money on schools, according to a survey released Monday.

Meanwhile, a majority of Idahoans believes state education policy is headed in the wrong direction.

These were two findings from a survey conducted by Salt Lake City-based polling company Dan Jones and Associates for Idaho Politics Weekly, a new online newsletter that describes itself as “a one-stop source for Idaho political, government and public policy information.” The newsletter is funded by Zions Bank of Salt Lake City.

Highlights from the survey on education issues:

  • Sixty-five percent of Idahoans believe school funding is too low, while 20 percent say the budget is just right and 7 percent say funding is too high. The rest were undecided.
  • Fifty-eight percent of Idahoans say education policy is headed in the wrong direction, while 31 percent support the state’s direction.
  • Seventy-two percent of Idahoans say the state should rebid the disputed contract for the Idaho Education Network school broadband system.
Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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