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Judge rules against Nampa School District in teacher contract case

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports today that a Canyon County judge has upheld collective bargaining law for Idaho teachers, ruling that the Nampa School District can’t skirt the local teachers union to sign contracts with individual teachers calling for unpaid furloughs. The Nampa Education Association, not the individual teachers, is the legal negotiating agent between educators and the district, 3rd District Judge Molly Huskey ruled.

Paul Stark, attorney for the NEA, told the Press-Tribune, “We’re appreciative that the rule of law has been upheld in this case, and that the collective bargaining process has been defended and validated. The ruling is going to ensure that deviations from the law like this will not happen again in Nampa, and hopefully not in other parts of the state.

The newspaper reported that district public information officer Allison Westfall said the district was disappointed with the order, but glad the matter’s now settled. “Our sole intent last December was to find a way to accommodate those individual teachers who came forward wanting to volunteer for furlough days to help with the district’s financial crisis,” she said. Read the paper’s full report here from reporter John Funk.

As pay cuts loom, growing number of Nampa teachers quit

As teacher contract negotiations continue in the Nampa School District, Idaho Education News reports that nearly 100 teachers and community members participated in an hour-long tailgate party before last night’s school board meeting, designed to welcome new board members and urge the district to focus on retaining good teachers, at a time when as many as 20 percent of Nampa’s teachers have quit their jobs ahead of the upcoming school year.

 “We continue to have people come in and tender their resignations, and that is ongoing,” said Interim Superintendent Pete Koehler, Idaho EdNews reports. “I expect that to continue all the way up through the month of July until we hit the point where the law says we must now take action.” You can read the full report here from reporter Clark Corbin.

Former teacher Bonnie Richardson said six of Nampa High School’s eight English teachers left their jobs this year – herself included. Each teacher has at least five years experience, but left for financial reasons. “There is a train crash on the horizon,” Richardson said. “With the proposed salary cuts, they can’t afford to have a family.”

The Idaho Statesman has a report here on the situation from reporter Bill Roberts.

Meridian declares impasse in teacher talks, imposes contract terms

The Meridian School District – the state’s largest – declared an impasse today in its negotiations with its local teachers union, reports Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News, ending negotiations for the upcoming school year and issuing contracts based on the district’s last best offer; you can read Richert’s full report here.

Though legislation requiring school districts to unilaterally impose contract terms if agreement isn’t reached by a June deadline was defeated in this year’s legislative session, other legislation set a July 1 deadline for issuing contracts, and Richert reports that an Idaho attorney general’s opinion says if school districts reach that deadline and declare an impasse, they can impose terms. They weren’t required to, however; they could issue contracts today without a master agreement in place, and continue negotiating.

Meanwhile, Idaho Statesman reporter Bill Roberts reports that Meridian is the only district in the state to impose terms in this manner; other districts that have continued negotiating say the law's not clear that they can do that. You can read his full report here.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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