Support units increase

Alex Adams, Gov. Brad Little's budget chief, presents a revision of the governor's proposed budget to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Wednesday morning, Jan. 16, 2019.

Gov. Brad Little has submitted a series of revisions to his proposed budget, most of them small adjustments, but there’s a big one: Public schools are expecting an increase in support units that adds up to a $3,529,900 million increase in his proposed public school budget. That would take the budget for public schools next year from a 5.94 percent increase to a 6.14 percent increase in state general funds.

Support units are a measure of student enrollment, with one support unit roughly equal to a classroom full of kids. So the increase — which comes to 35 more support units on a mid-year calculation or 41 more support units by the best-28-weeks measure — means there are lots more kids enrolled in Idaho’s public schools this year than were anticipated.

The forecast for support units was for 219 mid-term and 221 best-28-weeks; it's now up to 254 mid-term and 262 best-28-weeks.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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