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Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, explained in detail the process of setting the next Idaho public schools budget as part of his presentation to the Senate Education Committee Wednesday afternoon.  Cameron is one of the leaders of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, which set the public schools budget Wednesday.  That budget includes a $128 million, 7.5 percent spending reduction. During the meeting,…

The biggest surprise in the Idaho public schools budget set Wednesday was a last-minute addition to let all school districts declare a financial emergency during the next school year. The proposal from Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley, is intended to give schools more flexibility to renegotiate contracts with employees during difficult times. The Joint Finance-Appropriations (JFAC) approved Wood’s measure toward the…

Idaho lawmakers set a public schools budget Wednesday with minor changes to the proposed plan with a $128 million, 7.5 percent spending reduction released last week. Salaries for teachers and other school staff would be reduced, as would money for bus transportation and some statewide education programs. The budget approved by lawmakers on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) would zero…

A leading Idaho lawmaker on budget issues said Tuesday he hasn’t seen any new tax revenue numbers after the top House representative on education said he’s heard it is $10 million below expectations.  Meanwhile, the economist who puts together the tax projections and collections report said looking at the raw numbers doesn’t tell you all you need to know about…

Idaho lawmakers crafting the next state budget are taking a little more time putting together part of the spending plan for higher education. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) voted Tuesday to delay setting the budget for the $10 million special programs for higher education until Monday. The main budget for state colleges and universities is being pushed back from Thursday…

Idaho lawmakers are taking two additional days to look over the next public schools budget, which is likely to see a 7.5 percent reduction. It would be the first decrease in state school funding in Idaho history. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committeee was scheduled to set the schools budget Monday, but it has been delayed until Wednesday so that all state…

Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, sent the details of the latest draft of the next public schools budget to all Idaho lawmakers, education leaders, and members of the media Friday afternoon.  He called the early release of the details, including a 7.5 percent reduction to schools, unprecedented.  Cameron is one of the leaders of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, which writes the…

The latest draft of the next Idaho public schools budget shows a $128 million reduction from the current school year to the next. That’s a 7.5 percent reduction from the current $1.7 billion mix of state, dedicated, and federal spending. Local property taxes also contribute more than $200 million to schools, but that amount varies among school districts. “This is…

The stakeholders in Idaho public schools are reaching a consensus on the lower spending and increased flexibility that could come in the budget for the next school year. Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, said lawmakers have talked with interested parties, including Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and school board members, teachers, and administrators. He characterized the two meetings on Feb.…

The Idaho Senate unanimously approved legislation Thursday setting up a universal pool of vaccines for children that will be funded by insurance companies.  The new pool comes after a decision last year to end state funding for vaccines that led to what Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, called unintended consequences.  The move required doctors to have two separate stocks of immunizations,…