BOISE -- State spending on public schools is in line for a $30 million increase under Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's proposed budget for next year.
Public schools chief Tom Luna wanted at least $60 million of a projected state surplus to go toward public education in fiscal year that starts July 1.
But Otter proposed on Monday a $31.6 million bump in state general funding for public schools. Otter would make up the other half with $26 million in lump sum pay raises that would be pegged to the state meeting revenue targets.
The governor also vowed to fully fund sweeping education changes that were signed into law last year amid fierce debate. Critics behind a campaign seeking to overturn those reforms are gearing up for a November referendum.