Idaho schools chief Luna pushes for more education funding

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tom Luna, who struggled to find support for his Students Come First education reforms in 2011, got early backing for his proposed 2015 public schools budget unveiled Tuesday.

The key: Luna isn’t going it alone this time. He’s investing in proposals at the heart of Gov. Butch Otter’s Task Force on Improving Education, which has unified a sometimes fractious educational community.

Luna’s proposed 6 percent budget increase — the largest since 2008 — is “a reasonable request,” said state Sen. Dean Cameron, co-chairman of the Legislature’s budget committee. “I think Tom has done a pretty good job of listening to the task force’s recommendations.”

But Luna’s budget isn’t the only one lawmakers will consider. Gov. Butch Otter, who also supports his task force’s ideas, will submit an education budget when the Legislature convenes in January.

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