FY2014 Budget Request (2013-2014 School Year)
Every September, all state agencies must submit preliminary budget requests for the next fiscal year to the Governor's office. Earlier this month, Superintendent Luna submitted his budget request for Idaho's public schools in FY2014. The budget request includes a 5.1% increase in state funding for Idaho's public schools. Nearly 90% of the new funding will go toward increasing compensation and benefits for school employees across Idaho.
Here are the highlights of the public schools budget request for FY2014:
- Continues to fully fund all components of Students Come First.
- $14.8 million in new funding to increase base salaries for Idaho teachers, administrators and classified staff by 1.67 percent, offsetting an FY2012 shift in salary-based apportionment under Idaho Code.
- $6.2 million in new funding to restore one year of experience that is currently frozen on the grid for Idaho teachers.
- $22.6 million in new funding for statewide pay-for-performance. Total funding for statewide pay-for-performance will be $61 million. The increased funding will be used to financially reward Idaho teachers for taking on leadership duties and working in hard-to-fill positions in FY2014. It also includes funding to ensure school-based classified staff, such as paraprofessionals, can participate in schoolwide student achievement bonuses in the future.
- $8.4 million in new funding to deploy 1:1 laptop devices to high school students in the first one-third of high schools selected statewide. High school teachers and principals statewide will receive 1:1 devices this school year.
- $1 million in new funding dedicated to District IT staff support at the local level. With this new funding, the total funding for District IT staff support will be $3.5 million.
- $1.1 million in new funding for the line item dedicated to Remediation, Math Initiative and the Reading Initiative. The new funding will be used specifically to assist local school districts in implementing the new Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts and the state's new accountability system, known as the Five-Star Rating System.
- $740,000 in new funding for student achievement assessments. Of this new funding, $600,000 will be used to finish developing statewide Science end-of-course assessments in biology and chemistry, and $140,000 will be used so Idaho high schools can administer the PSAT for students in their sophomore year.
- The proposed budget also increases Discretionary Funds by 2%.
This budget request will now go to the Governor's office for consideration. The Governor will present his budget request to the Idaho Legislature in January. The Legislature will set the budget for fiscal year 2014 early next year. Fiscal year 2014 begins July 1, 2013.