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Idaho teachers earn below the national average and the value of their salary appears to be moving backwards.  We'll speak with the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy about a recent report documenting teacher pay in the Gem State and the Idaho Education Association will share their assesment of teacher pay, recruitment and retention.

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Idaho schools chief Sherri Ybarra is proposing a 7.5 percent hike in public school funding. The increase would go toward more money for teacher salaries and restoring funding to pre-recession levels for Idaho's 115 school districts to spend on paying insurance, utilities or other operations costs.

Ybarra presented her budget to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Tuesday. She is requesting spending $1.5 billion for fiscal 2017, which is nearly $110 million more than this year's budget.