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BOISE -- Gov. C.L. Butch Otter doesn't believe Idaho is meeting its constitutional requirement to provide a uniform system of public education.

The Spokesman-Review reports Otter made the comments at a taxpayer group's luncheon in Boise Wednesday.

Otter's words come as Idaho faces a lawsuit alleging that fees charged at some schools for activities and classes violate the state Constitution's requirement for a free public education.

At the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho meeting, Otter took a question from former state economist Mike Ferguson about the number of school districts asking their property taxpayers for more money.

Otter said Idaho is doing the best it can, including using the Idaho Education Network for distance learning in rural districts.

But he agreed the state is probably falling short of the constitutional requirement.

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