Magic Valley education leaders say they’re pleased with governor’s budget proposal

TWIN FALLS — Local education leaders are keeping an eye on state funding proposals that will affect thousands of students and employees.

During his final State of the State address Monday, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter outlined his budget proposal. It includes education wish list items for fiscal year 2019, including $123.3 million for enhancing “K-through-career” initiatives, and boosting spending in areas such as literacy, mastery-based education, college and career advising, and classroom technology.

What do Magic Valley school district superintendents think about Otter’s proposal? They’re generally happy.

John Graham, superintendent of the Filer School District, said his reaction is “definitely positive” and the budget proposal is “moving us in the right direction.”

“I think there’s a lot to be excited about in the budget,” he said.

One cause for concern, though, is Otter isn’t recommending an increase in discretionary funding for school districts — money that’s used for operational expenses, Graham said.

In recent years, “there’s been a big push to bring us back with inflation to pre-recession levels,” he said.

The Filer School District is seeing increased costs for utilities and insurance, Graham said. “All of our various operating expenses go up every year.”

Source: Magic Valley education leaders say they’re pleased with governor’s budget proposal | Southern Idaho Education | magicvalley.com

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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