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Tom Luna’s K-12 budget, Version 2.0

That K-12 budget Tom Luna presented in October?

It was not, as the state superintendent took pains to say Thursday, not entirely his budget. It was, largely, the education reform task force’s budget.

Luna presser
Tom Luna addresses reporters after presenting his 2014-15 K-12 budget request Thursday.

Three months ago, Luna tried to draft a budget that would fund the first year of task force reforms — and show Idahoans the hard numbers needed to bankroll a K-12 makeover costing more than $350 million.

On Thursday, Luna went before the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee with a budget that still reflects the work of Gov. Butch Otter’s task force. But there are some significant changes — which, as much as anything, may reflect two political realities.

To read more about the changes and the politics, here’s a link to my analysis 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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