Tuesday, September 2, 2014

IdahoEd News: Luna Unveils Lame Duck Budget With 6.9 Percent Bump

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 1:13 PM

In the shadow of the 2014 Idaho Legislature increasing public school funding by 5.1 percent, but not even restoring pre-recession funding levels, lame duck Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna submitted his final budget proposal Tuesday calling for a 6.9 percent increase for K-12 education.

IdahoEd News is reporting that Luna's proposal requests $1,460,700,900 from Idaho's general fund.

Among the highlights, IdahoEd News said the proposed spending plan would:

-Increase discretionary funding to $10 million
-Add $9 million for classroom technology
-Set aside $21.6 million for professional development of teachers
-Restore more than $10 million for maintenance, safety and drug-free schools.

Luna's budget, along with other state agencies, were due to be on the governor's desk this week, but the 2015 Idaho Legislature will have the final say in the matter.

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