Charter school funding bill introduced in House
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho charter schools would be eligible for state funding to help pay for new schools or improvements to existing buildings under a bill now making its way through the House.
The House Education Committee voted Thursday to introduce a measure that would make $1.4 million available for nontraditional schools.
Charter schools get a share of tax dollars to help with general operating budgets. But unlike traditional public schools, charter schools can't ask local voters to approve a levy for building improvements.
Department of Education Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Hancock said the legislation is an equalizer for those schools using money for teacher salaries on building maintenance.
He said the proposal would cover 20 percent of the school facilities costs the first year, then increase to 30 percent by 2015.