Idaho schools received more than 63 cents of every education dollar from the state Legislature — one of the highest percentages in the nation.
Meanwhile, local dollars accounted for less than 23 cents on the Idaho education dollar — one of the lowest percentages in the nation.
These were two findings from a new U.S. Department of Education study. The feds released the study Thursday, the same day newly elected state superintendent Sherri Ybarra appeared before the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee to discuss her 2015-16 K-12 budget request.
The federal report is based on old numbers, from 2011-12, but they place Idaho’s unusual K-12 budget pie into national perspective. For details, click on my story at Idaho Education News.