Because state officials consider school construction and maintenance a local responsibility, they’ve gotten careless with Idaho’s 46 million square feet of school buildings.
There are two big forces fueling the projected $1.9 billion surplus. And over the last year, state revenues grew significantly while spending remained low.
Nearly 70 percent of Idahoans, including more than 60 percent of Republicans, said the Legislature should pass full-day kindergarten.
Inside: Idaho’s four-year schools will probably have to increase tuition next year — in order to cover employee raises, limit staff turnover and compete with the private sector.
Increased investments in teacher pay from the last half-decade have been undeniable. But have they been enough?