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Idaho official defends state's education system to lawmakers

Idaho Statehouse
Posted at 4:59 PM, Jan 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-24 18:59:15-05

BOISE, Idaho — A top Idaho education official gave a full-throated defense of the state's public education system that in recent years has come under attack by far-right-wing lawmakers seeking to cut financial support.

Idaho State Board of Education President Kurt Liebich on Monday told the Legislature’s powerful budget-setting committee that the education system is directly responsible for Idaho’s economic success that this year includes a record budget surplus of $1.9 billion.

Lawmakers on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee this week will be hearing budget requests from the state’s universities and colleges. Lawmakers last week heard the budget request for K-12 education.