Improved Educator Bonus Bill Approved by Senate

Members of the Idaho Senate approved an appropriations bill that includes $1,000 “pandemic bonuses” for all educators in a 28-5 vote on Wednesday. The IEA lobby team proactively and successfully worked with legislative budget writers to expand Gov. Brad Little’s original proposal to offer bonuses only to certified educators. Senate Bill 1404 includes $1,000 bonuses for…

Rural Educator Incentive Heads to Governor

Legislation creating incentives to recruit and retain educators in rural areas is on its way to the Governor’s desk to become law after final approval by lawmakers this week. Senate Bill 1290 creates a four-year educator grant program for student loan repayments, postgraduate studies and additional teaching endorsements. Payments start at $1,500 the first year and…