'When finances become scarce energy is placed on survival not change"

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Administrators and teachers from rural school districts warn that if the state wants higher standards for students it will take money to do it.

Superintendent of the Minidoka School District, Dr. Scott Rodgers, testified before the joint room of law makers on Monday. He said it's not that schools don't want change it's that they don't have the funds to do it.

"Schools are eager to implement change, maintain higher learning standards, and reward good teachers," said Rodgers. "But when finances become scarce energy is placed on survival and not change."

Others at the meeting gave their take on how lack of funds have made it hard to keep good teachers who often get more money out of state. Some also talked about how disappointed they were when Proposition 3 was voted down back in November.

That was the law that gave laptops to every high school student in the state. In rural districts many thought that would help them get much needed technology upgrades and help them compete with larger schools.

Both the House and Senate are hearing from the public before moving forward on new education reform laws.