An Idaho Freedom Foundation report sets the stage for a debate over another round of pay raises — this time, designed to reward veteran teachers.
The National Education Association’s numbers are dated — but they suggest Idaho’s starting teacher salaries lag behind neighboring states. Gov. Brad Little has proposed boosting the minimum salary to $40,000.
And what’s more, Idaho’s salaries are comparable to other red states, where teachers have gone on strike to protest low pay.
The leaders of several education groups told State Department of Education officials that teacher pay continues to be their top budgetary proposal for next year.
The 2017 Legislature gave school districts and charter schools $61.9 million for teacher pay raises. But more money doesn’t always simplify the bargaining process.
In 28 states — including Idaho — teachers can earn an evaluation score of “effective,” even if a teacher scores low on student growth measures.
It will cost $62 million to cover the third year of the teacher salary plan, an aide to Gov. Butch Otter said Monday. That’s up from the $58 million in Otter’s budget.
The State Board wants to crack down on bad teacher evaluations data. When the idea went public this week, education leaders were caught off-guard.
However, the career ladder does little to boost salaries for veteran teachers — creating a dilemma for districts.
Charter school officials are split on a bill to rewrite the teacher contract process. Three powerful education groups oppose the idea.