Several of the state’s largest districts already have agreements in place — or awaiting final approval.
But even after two years of relatively robust raises, Idaho’s average salary remains more than $10,000 below the national average, and lags behind most neighboring states.
The signing was a formality, and hardly unexpected. The spending bill bankrolls the plan to increase minimum teacher salaries to $40,000 over the next two years.
Gov. Little has changed his salary proposal since January’s State of the State address.
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.
High school students seem less interested in majoring in education, according to a recent 10-year study. It could take minimum teaching salaries of more than $50,000 to turn that around.
And what’s more, Idaho’s salaries are comparable to other red states, where teachers have gone on strike to protest low pay.
A recent national report ranking teacher salaries does not factor in Idaho’s career ladder — and the state’s 9 percent average pay increases since 2015.