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Do you know what Idaho spends on education?

January 29, 2019

Before I started blogging for Idaho Education News, I was totally unaware of how much our government spent on education. I knew teachers salaries were low and schools were constantly pushing fundraisers, so I assumed education was underfunded.

While teachers may not make very much money and schools do need fundraisers, it is not because the government doesn’t spend money on education. Did you know that nearly half of Idaho’s budget goes towards education? Here is the breakdown from 2017-18;

2017 - 2018 Idaho Budget
2017 – 2018 Idaho Budget

It is also interesting to note that the average teacher salary in Idaho is $49,740 this year, up from $48,113 a year ago. (some teachers even make more than $60,000).

And here is how schools spend their money; Are you surprised by how much money goes towards education?

2017 - 2018 Idaho Public School Budget
2017 – 2018 Idaho Public School Budget