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Gov. Otter Lays Out Plan for Education

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said he’ll lay groundwork during the 2014 Legislature for a “five-year plan” to bolster public education, saying his next fiscal year budget will help fulfill his pledge to replenish Idaho’s K-12 system after deep cuts following the Great Recession.

Otter provided few specifics Friday during The Associated Press’s legislative preview. But he pledged more details in his State of the State speech Monday — with a rough outline of what he wants to be accomplished in the next half-decade.

Otter’s move to burnish his education credentials comes during the 2014 election year. If he survives May’s primary against GOP state Sen. Russ Fulcher, Otter will likely face Boise School Board Chairman A.J. Balukoff, a Democrat, in November. Balukoff has made education his main campaign theme, too.

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