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Idaho is Changing the Game in Teacher Pay
posted by: Alana | December 23, 2014, 10:19 PM   


In 2012, a bipartisan group of stakeholders uncovered a glaring problem within the Idaho education system. They were losing teachers in drastic numbers to other states and professions offering higher salaries.

So after two long years of work, these stakeholders came up with a simple plan that many consider to be a huge breakthrough for the teachers of Idaho.

The career ladder plan helps Idaho compete with other states, as well as the private sector, by offering higher wages to teachers who meet certain proficiency standards in their evaluations as well as achievement targets set by the school districts. Teachers who attain a higher level of education are also rewarded in this pay structure.

Outside of a $40,000 minimum, school districts are largely free to set their own salary levels. That's a $8,250 increase in pay from the current $31,750 minimum. And top level teachers are expected to see an increase from $47,000 to $58,000.

This plan is being offered in conjunction with the $16 million that school districts already recieve each year for teachers who are acknowledged for mentoring, teaching dual-credit classes, earning additional endorsements, and other various acheivements.

Do you think Idaho's plan is enough to help the state attact and retain quality teachers? What kind of effects do you think this plan will have on the quality of education?
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