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Otter signs parts of the K-12 budget

Gov. Butch Otter signed three pieces of the 2014-15 K-12 budget Wednesday — but he hasn’t yet acted on the biggest piece of the $1.37 billion budget.

The three bills Otter signed Wednesday account for about two-fifths of the overall budget. He signed House Bill 637, the $79.7 million administration budget, which includes a 1 percent pay raise for administrators; House Bill 639, a 484.7 million operations budget, which includes a 1 percent pay raise for non-certified employees; and House Bill 640, a $23.9 million general fund appropriation for various children’s programs.

The largest of the seven education bills remained unsigned: House Bill 638, the $755.1 million teachers’ budget, which includes a 1 percent pay raise and $15.8 million worth of teacher leadership premiums.

For more details, here’s a link to my story at Idaho Education News.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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