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Idaho Schools Get a Progress Report

Idaho schools got a progress report this week. Credit: Shrironosov/iStock
Idaho schools got a progress report this week. Credit: Shrironosov/iStock
November 5, 2015

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho schools are making progress but they need more money. That's the word from the Governor's Task Force for Improving Education, which presented a progress report Wednesday in Boise.

The meeting addressed goals set by the task force two years ago. Blake Youde is the chief communications officer and legislative affairs officer for the State Board of Education.

"Idaho is implementing core content standards, we've increased salary levels for teachers, we will put forth recommendations for improving literacy," says Youde. "It's an entire package that's leading to improvement in Idaho schools."

The task force endorsed an idea proposed by the state superintendent to return funding to 2009 levels by next year.

Penni Cyr, president of the Idaho Education Association, praised the improvements made since the massive budget cuts during the recession but said there's still a long way to go.

"Funding is still not where it should be," she says. "Our classrooms still have too many students in them, we're still struggling with attracting people to come to Idaho and we're still struggling with retaining teachers that are here."

The issue of school funding will be addressed once the governor puts forth his budget proposal and the legislature takes it up next year. However, voters took matters into their own hands on election day this week passing school bond measures and levies to better fund schools in several counties.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - ID