Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – March 5th, 2018 – The Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee (KCDCC) supports the passage of the maintenance and operation supplemental levies proposed for a vote on March 12, 2019, by the Coeur d’Alene School District No. 271, Lakeland Joint School District No. 272, Plummer-Worley Joint School District No. 44, and both the bond and levy for Post Falls School District No. 273.

Each year, the Idaho Legislature refuses to fully fund Idaho’s public education system, and instead shifts the burden to local property taxpayers to fund the short-fall through supplemental levies. The KCDCC demands that legislators representing Legislative District 2, District 3, and District 4 to pass a budget that will fully fund school districts so they may provide for the safety, education, mental health, and advancement of Kootenai County’s students.

The State of Idaho Department of Education similarly ignores the need to attract qualified students, update technology, maintain buildings, and supply classrooms by underfunding the Idaho public education system. The KCDCC calls on the State of Idaho Department of Education to make attracting qualified teachers, developing STEM programs, maintaining infrastructure, and supplying classrooms a priority in Kootenai County.

Until the Idaho Legislature and the State of Idaho Department of Education fulfills its duties to the students and teachers of Kootenai County, the KCDCC supports the passage of supplemental levies for the safety, education, mental health, and advancement of Kootenai County’s students.