BOISE -- Lawmakers in Idaho's House of Representatives have approved the state's public schools budget, including a 1 percent pay increase for teachers and administrators and money to improve classroom technology.
The House passed the $1.37 billion budget in a series of seven bills on Wednesday evening. The money represents about a 5 percent increase over last year. It now goes to the Senate.
Supporters said they felt it was important hold some money back this year to rebuild the state's coffers in case the economy again turns sour.
Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, said she was voting against the part of the legislation giving teachers a 1 percent salary increase because it didn't go far enough to make up for the salary cuts they've sustained in recent years.