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BOISE -- The 2014 Idaho Legislature convenes in less than two months and, once again, education is expected to be a major issue.

In conjunction with American Education Week, a Boise lawmaker visited an elementary school to hear directly from students and teachers about the challenges they face.

Freshman Rep. Holli Woodings went to Hidden Springs Elementary today where she was able to talk to students and teachers about their needs - specifically related to funding and the budget.

She's one of the many lawmakers on an interim committee that is reviewing the recommendations coming from the governor's education task force.

The first-term Democrat took a student-guided tour of the school and says the perspective will help her when it comes to creating a budget for the upcoming school year.

I think that'll be the biggest issue this year is how we fund those changes because they're not going to be inexpensive, said Woodings. But it's definitely a great investment into our future.

Karen Schow is in her 15th year of teaching special education. She says she appreciated Wooding's visit and the time she took to understand the financial difficulties teachers in Idaho face.

I feel very fortunate to work in a school where parents are more than willing to provide some of the necessary items and school supplies that we need and that the students need, said Schow. However, I feel like they shouldn't have to do that. It shouldn't be their responsibility.

There are a lot of stakeholders who have a lot of ideas when it comes to changing and improving education in Idaho.

We'll begin to get a better idea of what those are as we get closer to, and into, the 2014 legislative session.

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