Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter on Jan. 9 unveiled a new state budget proposal that includes a $31.6 million increase in spending for public schools that would help fund the state's plan to distribute laptops to high-school students and teachers. Several critics of the proposal object to the diversion of some money from public-school salaries to fund the state's school-technology initiative, as well as its plan to implement merit pay for teachers.
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