More than 10,000 Idaho teachers and administrators received leadership premiums, according to a report by the State Department of Education. Senate Education Committee members were provided with a presentation by the SDE, detailing how districts distributed more than $16 million in Leadership Premiums.
Idaho law outlines that an individual may receive a leadership award for teaching a dual credit course, holding certification in and also providing services in multiple subject areas, teaching in a hard-to-fill position, providing mentoring, peer assistance, or professional development, providing career or academic counseling to students in addition to regular classroom duties, or carrying out any other responsibility established as a leadership duty by the local school board.
According to the SDE report, of the 19,734 individual teachers and pupil services staff who were eligible, 52.5% of them received leadership premiums; 23 of the 164 school districts and charter schools reported that 100% of their staff members received a bonus. The average dollar amount issued equaled $1,350.
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Legislator’s Personal Story Touches Committee
Rep. Hy Kloc (D-Boise) told the story of his family’s emigration to the United States as he introduced HCR 29, a concurrent resolution honoring the values of America symbolized by the Statue of Liberty.
In this report filed by Betsy Russell of the Spokesman Review, Rep. Kloc recounted his family’s life after World War II and their passage to America. He told committee members, “We found ourselves sailing into New York Harbor under the watchful eyes of the Statue of Liberty. My mother picked me up so I could see, and as she was pointing to the statue, she said, ‘Look, America.’ And so for me, that Statue of Liberty was always America.”
Still Time to Weigh in on Harmful Teacher Contract Bill
Idaho Day celebrations and other issues prevented the Idaho House from taking up SB 1248 on Friday, which means there is still time for you to contact your Representatives and tell them to vote NO on this bad legislation. SB 1248 would allow charter schools to use whatever teacher contract they feel like using, resulting in a destabilization of the teacher workforce and an undercutting of teacher collective bargaining rights.