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.

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