Idaho Ed News: Dems Have Alternative Ed Funding Plan

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While the Idaho Legislature's budget writing committee continues to draw water from a stone, in an attempt to pass a bare-bones K-12 education spending plan, two Boise Democratic lawmakers say they're already preparing a counterplan to provide more funding for schools than the budget that they fear will surface.

Idaho Ed News reports that Reps. John Gannon and Phyllis King, both minortiy members of the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, say their plan is $29.5 million on top of the 7.4 percent increase already proposed by Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter.

"Our proposal moves kids to the front of the line," King told Idaho Ed News.

JFAC has already pushed its budget-setting session for K-12 public schools back by a full week and hasn't yet rescheduled a date to vote on a spending plan. Much of that delay has been pushed by the House Education Committee, which is still wrangling with a proposed career ladder that met with significant pushback during last week's public testimony from teachers throughout Idaho.