(BOISE, ID) – Gov. Butch Otter is backing recommendations from a bipartisan education task force trying to improve the state’s public schools. Otter says his priority in 2014 will be restoring millions in funding to school districts that have taken major budget cuts since 2008. Otter says the biggest cuts, which happened between 2008 and 2010, were necessary to balance the state’s budget amid plummeting tax revenue. Otter’s support also has the backing of House Speaker Scott Bedke, an Oakley Republican. He says the legislature will gradually increase education funding until it is restored to pre-recession levels over the next five years.
Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com
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