Gaps in market values enable some school districts to tap into much more substantial tax bases. Superintendent Alan Dunn said his East Idaho district’s financial plight causes a host of problems.
The law is designed to reward teachers who take on added responsibilities, and the premiums will cost $17.4 million in 2017-18. But the money isn’t always spent as lawmakers intended — or as the law requires.
Charlotte Danielson said local principals and administrators tend to overinflated evaluation scores because of social pressure.
This is the first year districts were required to report bullying incidents to the state and it will be used as a baseline measure to gauge progress.
Fewer than half of evaluations reviewed met all the criteria, according to a State Board of Education report issued Thursday. School leaders say they want better direction going forward. (INSIDE: short video clip of the “salient” point).
Some school districts destroy classroom observations, while others keep them and were able to give them to the state for review. A state spokesman said submitting the observations for review “wasn’t optional.”
Officials at the State Department of Education say they are still collecting and verifying information from districts and charters.
Idaho’s seven elected constitutional officers are exempt from purchasing and bidding laws, but more legal questions continue to arise.