Idaho’s teacher salaries, adjusted for cost of living, rank lowest in the nation and come in 12 percent below the national average. That’s one finding from a larger national salary study from the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution.
The pay raises are the largest in the era of the “career ladder,” Idaho’s five-year, $250 million plan to boost teacher pay. The average teacher salary now exceeds $48,000.
In the coming weeks, lawmakers will consider putting another $62 million into teacher pay. Is this cash infusion helping schools recruit and retain quality teachers?
The plan would increase starting teacher pay to $40,000, boost pay at the top end of the salary schedule, and provide leadership awards to teachers. The cost: $35 million to $43 million per year.