House passes all 7 pieces of the public school budget with no debate, few dissents

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The House has passed all seven bills that make up the K-12 public schools budget, with no debate, according to Idaho EdNews. It took the House just 28 minutes to pass the school budget, which adds up to nearly $1.7 billion, a 6.3 percent increase in state general funds. Gov. Butch Otter had called for a 6.4 percent increase. Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, told the House that the school budget represents 48.8 percent of the state’s total general fund budget. The budget bills each passed with just a handful of dissenting votes. The budget includes a 4.1 percent increase in discretionary funds to school districts to $26,748 per support unit (a support unit is roughly one classroom full of kids). It includes $62 million to fully fund the third year of...

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