BOISE, Idaho — Idaho schools chief Sherri Ybarra is proposing a 5.3% hike in public school funding to just under $2 billion from the state's general fund.
The Republican superintendent of public instruction made the request Thursday to the Legislature's budget-setting committee.
The request is about $100 million more than last year's budget, and about $20 million more than requested by Republican Gov. Brad Little.
The money is used to educate some 300,000 students in K-12 in Idaho's 115 school districts.
The Joint Appropriations-Finance Committee won't make a decision on setting the schools budget until later in the legislative session.