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Thursday headlines: K-12 budget blowback, and a pre-K bill in works

Two education items from Thursday:

K-12 budget criticized. Two State Board of Education members ripped Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s proposal to boost K-12 spending by $77 million in 2014-15.

Their concern: The money could come at the expense of higher education.

“I find this to be just an unacceptable increase in numbers,” board member Bill Goesling said during the board’s meeting in Lewiston. “I think at some point the board is going to have stand up and say, ‘This is not going to work for higher education.’”

Said board member Milford Terrell: “The fact is these numbers are staggering when you look at where we are going and what we are doing and who is going to be robbed in this whole spectrum of moneys.”

Here’s the full story from Idaho Education News’ Clark Corbin.

Pre-K bill on the way. A first-term lawmaker is taking on a long-standing and emotional educational battle: pre-kindergarten programs.

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Rep. Hy Kloc, D-Boise

Rep. Hy Kloc wants the state to launch a three-year pre-K pilot program, with 55 percent of the funding coming from private sources.

Critics have said the state cannot assume and sustain funding for pre-K — and say preschoolers are best taught at home. So while Kloc is convinced pre-K is a solid educational investment, he’s also realistic about the political prospects.

“I fully believe it will pass — eventually,” Kloc, D-Boise, said in an interview this week.

Here’s a link to my full story at Idaho Ed News, and a link to a guest opinion from Kloc.

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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