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Budget writers set Idaho schools spending plan

By Associated Press
Published On: Mar 04 2013 09:53:27 AM MST
BOISE, Idaho -

Budget writers are now wrestling over the spending plan for public schools in fiscal year 2014, aiming to dedicate some $1.3 billion in taxpayer funding to the state's 115 districts for the coming 12-month period.
    
Debate Monday focused on competing plans, one to spend about $30 million more in 2014 - a proposal that's 2 percent above the previous year, and that mirrors Gov. "C.L. "Butch" Otter's wishes - and a slightly more generous option that foresees spending about 2.2 percent more than 2013.
    
Idaho's public schools budget is easily the largest lawmakers will set - and one of their most-watched.
    
Budget analyst Paul Headlee, who advises the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, pointed out nearly half of the state's general fund will go to educate kids from kindergarten through 12th grades.