FY15 Budget

JFAC takes hands-on look at K-12 budget

Legislative budget writers met with Boise School District leaders Tuesday to get a sense of how the public school budget affects large districts.

Otter signs final K-12 budgets

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.

Otter signs pieces of the K-12 budget

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.

House passes K-12 budget bills

Democrats lead opposition to the school budget bills, saying the state still lags 2009 spending levels by more than $100 million.

Lawmaker: K-12 budget a ‘dismal failure’

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.

IEA: Many districts near ‘tipping point’

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.

Video vault: Three Monday links

Want to learn a little more about the K-12 budget, the Idaho Core Standards rollout, and the Meridian school levy? Tune in here.

Budget proposal draws widespread backing

‘It’s hard to be anything other than optimistic,’ Idaho Falls schools Superintendent George Boland says of the proposed K-12 budget. See why educators and stakeholders are rallying behind the plan.

JFAC leaves tech details on hold

Two small but contentious pieces of the $1.7 billion budget are unresolved — high school WiFi technology and the Schoolnet instructional management system.

JFAC calls for 5.1 percent increase

The proposed budget includes a 1 percent raise for teachers, and $15.8 million in teacher “premiums.”