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Thu., Sept. 20, 2012, 2:35 p.m.

State Ed Dept. sends bonus data to districts

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― The state Department of Education has posted data online telling school districts which teachers have earned a bonus under a new merit pay plan. Districts were notified Wednesday they'll have 30 days to review and appeal the data used to calculate the pay-for-performance bonuses scheduled to go out Nov. 15. The bonuses, however, are part of a reform package being challenged at the ballot box and must first pass voter muster Nov. 6. The timeline is prompting outcry from critics of the reforms authored by state schools chief Tom Luna. The Idaho Education Association wrote Luna last week asking him to promptly disburse the bonus funding. Luna's spokeswoman says he hasn't yet answered the IEA's letter but plans to respond, and will maintain that the bonus timeline cannot be changed.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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