$51 Million More for Idaho Teachers


Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter wants it both ways for education funding. Monday, Otter said the recent federal Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act spends "beyond our grandchildren's means." Yet in the same breath he said he would put out his plate for a $51 million dollar slice of the pie.

The money is expected to be divided among Idaho's school districts, specifically earmarked for salaries and benefits for teachers, thus reducing projected furloughs. Traditionally, the Boise school district receives approximately 8 percent of similar revenue streams.

While Rep. Walt Minnick voted in favor of the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, Rep. Mike Simpson, Sen. Mike Crapo and Sen. Jim Risch all opposed the measure.