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A $208.9 million school election day

$208,877,000. That’s the bottom line from a busy election night across the state. All told, voters approved just shy of $209 million in school levies and bond issues, according to an Idaho Education News analysis of election results. By and

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Mitchell blames Risch for Idaho’s ‘race to the bottom’ on K-12 funding

Democrat Nels Mitchell says then-Gov. Jim Risch‘s 2006 law shifting hundreds of millions in school funding from local property taxes to the state general fund was a “disastrous scheme” for which he should apologize. Risch replied that he’s proud of

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For school levies and bond issues, a key deadline is looming

Only two days ago, Gov. Butch Otter unveiled his 2014-15 budget proposal for K-12 education. But school superintendents and school boards can’t wait for the budget-writing process to begin — much less the outcome. Not if they plan to take supplemental levies

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School bonds and levies: looking at the trends

In 2008-09, 61 Idaho school districts were using supplemental levies to help backfill their budgets. In 2013-14, that figure had climbed to 94 districts. Those numbers — demonstrating the increasing reliance on levies — come from Eric Heringer, a public

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Tuesday’s school elections: try, try again?

Tuesday is Election Day — the sequel — in at least four Idaho school districts. These districts are taking a second run at property tax levies, modeled after proposals rejected earlier this year. Here’s the rundown: Cassia County. Seeking a

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Meridian School District looks at 2014 building bond issue

Idaho’s largest school district — and one of its fastest growing districts — hasn’t sought a building bond issue in nearly a decade. That may change in 2014. Linda Clark, Meridian superintendent The Meridian School District will likely go to

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Tuesday’s school election price tag: $130.2 million statewide

Voters across Idaho said yes to at least $130.2 million in school bond issues and levies Tuesday night. Meanwhile, two big school districts will see some School Board shakeups. Among Tuesday’s headlines: Voters in Canyon County’s rapidly growing Vallivue School

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Will Nampa schools seek a third supplemental levy?

Will the Nampa School District ask voters to approve a third property tax levy to help stop the flow of red ink? It’s hard to say. But it appears the idea will come up for discussion Tuesday night. An item

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Vallivue voters face a $50 million question

The Vallivue School District is rooted in Canyon County’s rural past. The 145-square-mile district was formed in 1961, when 13 one-building districts merged to build a junior-senior high school. But Vallivue High School, sitting in open acreage south of Caldwell,

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