Ed referendum rejection left about $30M on table

Ed referendum rejection left about $30M on table

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Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 12:28 PM

BOISE -- Idaho lawmakers have at least three options for $30.6 million that the repeal of public schools chief Tom Luna's education overhaul left stranded ahead of the 2013 Legislature.

The Idaho Legislature's education analyst, Paul Headlee, Wednesday told budget writers they could simply bank the money in public education rainy-day accounts.

They could use it to restore programs eliminated by the Nov. 6 vote, including nearly $850,000 to pay for high school students to earn college credits and nearly $5 million to pay for math and science teachers.

And perhaps most-controversial: They could take the money, which amounts to about 2.4 percent of this year's $1.28 billion public education budget, and redirect it for other uses within state government -- possibly personal property tax repeal, as some lawmakers have suggested.

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