Education Funding http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Idaho Endowment Fund Hits Record $1.7 Billion http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-endowment-fund-hits-record-17-billion <p>Idaho's endowment fund hit a record high of $1.73 billion after earning high returns on its investments over the past year.</p><p>Investment manager Larry Johnson told the Idaho Land Board on Tuesday that the fund during the fiscal year that ended June 30 earned its second-highest amount in its history.</p><p>This is also the second year in a row the fund hit an all-time high.</p><p>That means there will be an increase in how much the fund can distribute to public schools and other endowment beneficiaries.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:27:01 +0000 Associated Press 48863 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Coeur d'Alene Tribe Donates $1.2 Million To School Programs http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/coeur-dalene-tribe-donates-12-million-school-programs <p></p><p>The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has donated $1.2 million to 52 educational programs in Idaho.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1cFuIYA">The Coeur d'Alene Press reports</a> the tribe made the announcement Thursday.</p><p>The money is going to support educational efforts ranging from reading, music, arts, science, college scholarship programs and vocational preparation.</p><p>The chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Chief Allen, says the money will allow students to focus on learning.</p><p>Most of the money was distributed in Kootenai and Benewah counties in northern Idaho.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:42:00 +0000 Associated Press 41843 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Coeur d'Alene Tribe Donates $1.2 Million To School Programs Idaho School Districts Increasingly Rely On Levies To Pay The Bills http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-school-districts-increasingly-rely-levies-pay-bills <p>School districts across Idaho will be asking voters to approve supplemental levies Tuesday.&nbsp;That includes Meridian, Nampa, and Kuna. Districts going to voters for more money has become commonplace in recent years.</p><p>A little more than a decade ago, about a third of Idaho schools had levies in place. Now it’s two thirds, according to Mike Ferguson, head of the non-profit research group&nbsp;Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy. In that time, the money coming from levies has tripled to about $190 million.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 41334 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho School Districts Increasingly Rely On Levies To Pay The Bills Idaho Budget Writers Approve 5 Percent Boost For Schools http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-budget-writers-approve-5-percent-boost-schools <p>Budget writers at Idaho’s Capital approved a 5.1 percent increase in education spending for next fiscal year. The budget includes a 1 percent boost for teacher pay and an additional $15.8 million dollars for leadership bonuses.</p><p>If approved, the budget will bring state spending on schools to $1.374 billion dollars. That’s slightly higher than 2008’s $1.367 billion, but still below the state’s 2009 peak of $1.418 billion.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:59:42 +0000 Adam Cotterell 41094 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Budget Writers Approve 5 Percent Boost For Schools Idaho Isn't Very Fair About How It Doles Out School Cash, Report Finds http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-isnt-very-fair-about-how-it-doles-out-school-cash-report-finds <p></p><p>A <a href="http://www.schoolfundingfairness.org/National_Report_Card_2014.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> from the New Jersey-based advocacy group the <a href="http://www.edlawcenter.org/home.html" target="_blank">Education Law Center,</a> says Idaho does not do a good job spending its education money fairly for all students.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 39844 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Isn't Very Fair About How It Doles Out School Cash, Report Finds Idaho Schools Stay Near The Bottom In Education Report Card http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-schools-stay-near-bottom-education-report-card <p>Idaho’s education system saw no significant improvement in the past year, at least according to <a href="http://www.edweek.org/media/ew/qc/2014/shr/16shr.id.h33.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Education Week’s</em> 2014 Quality Counts state report card</a>. The annual report from the education-focused news outlet is frequently cited by all sides during education debates in Idaho.</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:18:48 +0000 Adam Cotterell 38340 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Schools Stay Near The Bottom In Education Report Card Luna's K-12 Budget Plan Could Mean Less Money For Idaho Universities http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/lunas-k-12-budget-plan-could-mean-less-money-idaho-universities <p>Some Idaho Board of Education members fear a proposed 5.9 percent funding hike for public schools in 2015 could come at the expense of universities.<br /><br />On Thursday, board member Bill Goesling of Moscow worried the $77 million increase public schools chief Tom Luna wants for K-12 schools would siphon money from colleges including the University of Idaho, Idaho State University and Boise State University.<br /> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 22:14:31 +0000 Associated Press 34127 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Texas Stuntman Sends Nearly $1 Million To Idaho Schools http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/texas-stuntman-sends-nearly-1-million-idaho-schools <p>Idaho schools will get $943,000 from a Texas stuntman, in return, the stuntman has purchased the right to jump the Snake River Canyon.</p><p>The bid made by <a href="http://www.bigedbeckley.net/">&quot;Big&quot; Ed Beckley</a> in a public auction last week is due to the state of Idaho Friday afternoon. He&#39;ll wire the money to the state.</p><p>Beckley is a 63-year-old who&#39;s been jumping motorcycles since the mid 1970s.&nbsp; At 285 lbs. he bills himself as the world&#39;s largest motorcycle jumper.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:59:50 +0000 Scott Graf 33374 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Texas Stuntman Sends Nearly $1 Million To Idaho Schools Idaho Schools Chief Asks For Big Funding Increase, But Lawmakers Rarely Oblige http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-schools-chief-asks-big-funding-increase-lawmakers-rarely-oblige <p>Idaho&rsquo;s school superintendent Tom Luna released his budget request for next year Tuesday. Luna is asking for a $77.8 million bump in state spending for education. That would be a 5.9 percent increase. That&rsquo;s how much the Legislature increased education spending in 2007, the year before the financial crisis. Since then, the education budget has seen big cuts, and more recently, modest increases.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:07:48 +0000 Adam Cotterell 33270 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Schools Chief Asks For Big Funding Increase, But Lawmakers Rarely Oblige Idaho Is Next To Last On Education Spending http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-next-last-education-spending <p></p><p>Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia only Utah spends less on education than Idaho. A new <a href="http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/governments/cb13-92.html" target="_blank">report </a>Tuesday from the U.S. Census Bureau says Idaho spent $6,824 for each student in its public schools in 2011. The National average is $10,560. New York tops the list spending $19,076.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 23:49:51 +0000 Adam Cotterell 25994 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Is Next To Last On Education Spending Public Tells Idaho Ed Task Force To Increase Funding, Get Idaho Out Of Common Core http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/public-tells-idaho-ed-task-force-increase-funding-get-idaho-out-common-core <p>Idaho’s Education Improvement Task Force finished a statewide listening tour Thursday night in Boise. The group was created to recommend ways to improve the state’s schools after voters repealed an education overhaul last November.</p><p>Thursday night’s public meeting was well attended compared to some past meetings. About 200 people squeezed into the state capital building’s Lincoln Auditorium and 37 spoke. It lasted more than two and a half hours.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:35:44 +0000 Adam Cotterell 24598 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Public Tells Idaho Ed Task Force To Increase Funding, Get Idaho Out Of Common Core Judge Dismisses Part Of A Case Over Idaho School Fees http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/judge-dismisses-part-case-over-idaho-school-fees <p>A judge has tossed out part of a case to change education funding in Idaho. The case, known as "Joki vs. the State of Idaho," was filed last fall alleging it was unconstitutional for school districts to charge fees for classes. Wednesday’s hearing was to decide what parts of this case could move forward.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 01:26:42 +0000 Adam Cotterell 22412 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Judge Dismisses Part Of A Case Over Idaho School Fees Levy Votes Show Disconnect Between Idaho Public And Lawmakers On Education http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/levy-votes-show-disconnect-between-idaho-public-and-lawmakers-education <p>Idaho voters Tuesday agreed to pay more than $100 million in additional taxes over the next few years when they approved 36 new school district levies. Reliance on supplemental levies to shore up school budgets has increased dramatically since the recession spurred cuts in state funding. &nbsp;</p><p>David Adler, director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State, says the legislature is increasingly shifting the responsibility to fund education to local homeowners who pay property taxes. He says Tuesday’s levy votes reveal a disconnect between voters and lawmakers.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:00:05 +0000 Adam Cotterell 22392 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Levy Votes Show Disconnect Between Idaho Public And Lawmakers On Education Nampa Voters Agree To Multimillion Dollar School Levy http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/nampa-voters-agree-multimillion-dollar-school-levy <p><strong>Updated 11:30 A.M.:</strong> Teachers, administrators and parents in the <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/nampa-voters-asked-bail-out-school-district" target="_blank">Nampa School District </a>are likely breathing a sigh of relief. Nearly three quarters of voters said yes to a $4.3 million levy request Tuesday.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:52:40 +0000 Adam Cotterell 22353 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Nampa Voters Agree To Multimillion Dollar School Levy Idaho School Districts Ask Voters For More Money http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-school-districts-ask-voters-more-money <p>School districts across Idaho are asking voters for more money Tuesday through levies. Many districts that are still recovering from years of state budget cuts say they need more help from local residents. The Payette school district, for example, may have to close a small elementary school and send its students to other district schools. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:08:41 +0000 Adam Cotterell 22315 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho One Of Five States That Stand To Lose Most Education Money In Sequester http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-one-five-states-stand-lose-most-education-money-sequester <p>It’s been several days since the federal spending cuts known as <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/20/the-sequester-absolutely-everything-you-could-possibly-need-to-know-in-one-faq/">the sequester</a> went into effect, and it’s still unclear how they will impact people’s lives. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:08:09 +0000 Adam Cotterell 21963 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho One Of Five States That Stand To Lose Most Education Money In Sequester Public Wants Idaho Lawmakers To Invest More Dollars Into Education http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/public-wants-idaho-lawmakers-invest-more-dollars-education <p>About 350 people came to a meeting at Idaho’s capital Monday night which lawmakers called an education listening session. Many signed up to share their thoughts on issues facing public schools. One theme rose to the top, education funding, or the lack of it.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:04:14 +0000 Adam Cotterell 20847 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Public Wants Idaho Lawmakers To Invest More Dollars Into Education Idaho Schools’ Chief Wants 3 Percent Increase In Education Spending http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-schools-chief-wants-3-percent-increase-education-spending <p>Idaho’s Superintendent of Education asked lawmakers Thursday to increase funding for public schools by 3 percent. For some details on that proposed budget our education reporter Adam Cotterell joined All Things Considered host Samantha Wright in the studio.</p><p>Here follows a transcript of that conversation:</p><p>Samantha Wright: Adam Where should we start?</p><p>Adam Cotterell: How about where Superintendent Tom Luna started with lawmakers?</p><p>Tom Luna: “A lot has occurred since I stood before you a year ago.”</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:40:33 +0000 Adam Cotterell 19941 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Schools’ Chief Wants 3 Percent Increase In Education Spending Idaho’s Universities Steadily Lose State Support Over Long Haul http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-s-universities-steadily-lose-state-support-over-long-haul <p>For the past three days, the presidents of Idaho’s state colleges and universities have stood before lawmakers. They’ve all made the case for why their school should get state money. But that’s been an increasingly tough sell over the years.</p><p>This year Idaho’s colleges and universities got a $19 million boost from lawmakers. But after several years of cuts that only brought higher education spending back to 2006 levels.&nbsp;And even in times when schools were getting more money each year, the increases did not keep pace with growth.</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:58:33 +0000 Adam Cotterell 19885 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho’s Universities Steadily Lose State Support Over Long Haul Idaho Governor Not Committed To Education Funding Says Former Advisor http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-governor-not-committed-education-funding-says-former-advisor <p>First came the preliminaries: welcomes, thanks, a nod to Abraham Lincoln for creating the Idaho Territory 150 years ago this year.&nbsp; But then it was time for the money. Governor Butch Otter’s first announcement in his State of the State address Monday was a proposal to raise state spending <em>as a whole </em>by 3.1 percent. That’s based on an estimated 5.3 percent increase in revenue.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 05:56:49 +0000 Adam Cotterell 19090 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Governor Not Committed To Education Funding Says Former Advisor