The Senate Education Committee has approved HB 504, the bill to grant $15.8 million in “leadership awards” to teachers next year, bonuses that would go to teachers whose local districts deem them deserving, for anything from mentoring other teachers to teaching advanced or dual-credit courses. The bill has 15 legislative co-sponsors and earlier passed the House on a 62-6 vote. “It’s great to see all three associations supporting this bill,” said Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, referring to the associations representing school board members, school administrators and teachers. “I think it’s indicative of our step forward toward these task force recommendations.”
The bill now moves to the full Senate; to become law, it needs approval there and the governor’s signature.