Barring any last-minute problems, the state should be able to notify master educator premium applicants by the end of next week.
Each of the teachers will receive the full $4,000 premium this year.
“I don’t think it’s reflective of the quality of teachers around the state,” a Boise teachers’ union leader said Tuesday.
But Idaho Education Association President Kari Overall hailed the first round of master educator premiums, awarded this week.
Ybarra won’t comment on the rocky rollout of the teacher bonus program — and won’t say whether she supports keeping the program in place.
About 87 percent of applicants will receive one of the new state premiums, which could be worth $12,000 over three years.
Applicants will be notified by email whether they qualify for the premium or not.
About 1,400 veteran teachers are waiting for word on the three-year, $4,000-a-year premiums.
Veteran teachers probably will have to wait until mid-September to find out if they will receive the $4,000-a-year bonus.
The State Board of Education is still hoping to award the $4,000-a-year bonuses by its Sept. 1 deadline.