Legislative budget writers met with Boise School District leaders Tuesday to get a sense of how the public school budget affects large districts.
Topping the list is the teacher pay bill, which provides teachers a 1 percent raise, $15.8 million in leadership “premiums,” and a boost in starting salary.
Still sitting on Gov. Butch Otter’s desk: a bill to provide teachers a 1 percent raise and $15.8 million in leadership premiums. Otter has until April 4 to act on the bill.
Democrats lead opposition to the school budget bills, saying the state still lags 2009 spending levels by more than $100 million.
The proposed K-12 budget still lags behind the original 2008-09 budget by $43 million. And the budget fails to keep up with enrollment increases, rising health insurance costs and other variables, says state Rep. John Gannon, D-Boise.
Patrons in 35 school districts approved school tax levies Tuesday, but many of these communities are “stretched extremely thin financially,” Idaho Education Association President Penni Cyr said Wednesday.
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Two small but contentious pieces of the $1.7 billion budget are unresolved — high school WiFi technology and the Schoolnet instructional management system.
The proposed budget includes a 1 percent raise for teachers, and $15.8 million in teacher “premiums.”