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Idaho’s largest budget item is set for fiscal year 2013. After more tense debate in the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) Monday, the panel set an overall $1.566 billion budget for Idaho’s public education system. That represents a total spending hike of .4 percent, though the state money in the plan would jump 4.6 percent. The JFAC-approved budget calls for $1.28…

In an unusual meeting Wednesday morning, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to end the teacher pay reductions imposed by reforms pushed last year by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. The bill, brought by Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, one of Luna’s chief foes in the reform battle last year, also has the backing of Senate Education Committee chair…

One of the main components of Superintendent Tom Luna's education reform package is being sent back to committee after coming close to passage on the Senate floor. Senate Bill 1113, which mandates four online classes for high school students and changes how schools receive funding for students, will receive additional consideration by the Senate Education Committee.  "We still have a…

A few researchers from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) think Idaho's public schools aren't that bad – at least in some areas. One political operative from Caldwell thinks Idaho could do more to improve educational reforms and enhance school choice, while one state lawmaker thinks some reforms might not work in the Gem State. Dr. Matthew Ladner, Andrew LeFevre,…