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.
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 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.