Idaho lawmakers to consider teacher pay raises

Idaho lawmakers could soon unveil a new five-year teacher pay plan that provides some $225 million in additional state support for teacher salaries.

Details on the proposal are still being finalized, but a bill will likely be introduced once the House and Senate education committees wrap up their work on the school content standards and other administrative rules.

The impetus for the plan comes from Governor Brad Little’s Our Kids, Idaho’s Future education task force.

After meeting for several months over the course of 2018, the task force recommended that the “career ladder” teacher pay plan be expanded to include a third tier for veteran teachers. It proposed state funding be raised to $40,000 for beginning teacher, $50,000 for mid-level teachers and $60,000 for veteran educators.

Little’s plan essentially mirrors that recommendation. (Lewiston Tribune)