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BOISE – From thousand-dollar bonuses and raises for teachers to funding that could cover full-day kindergarten statewide at the option of school districts, Idaho lawmakers on Monday set a budget for the state’s public schools for next year that includes an 11.3% boost in state funding.

State schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra called it a “historic investment,” and said, “I am thrilled that this budget continues to make support for public schools such a high priority.”

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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