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Idaho Schools Superintendent seeks school budget boost

Stricker Elementary School in Kimberly.
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LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra says she’ll ask the Legislature for a $101 million increase to the public schools budget next year.

The Lewiston Tribune reports Ybarra made the announcement during a presentation at the Idaho State Board of Education meeting at Lewis-Clark State College on Wednesday.

If approved, the request would account for a 5.3% increase over the current year’s appropriations, bringing the general education budget for K-12 to just under $2 billion.

Ybarra said three priorities include boosting teacher’s salaries, funding early literacy efforts and college and career advising.

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