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Trib: No Future For Idaho Teachers

Newly minted teachers: Bring your degree to Idaho's classrooms. Spend a couple of years here. Gain some experience. Then leave. Look for a state that values you and your profession.Or find something else to do. If you don't know this already, pay attention to the Legislature's public school blueprint. It increases the minimum salary for starting teachers by $500 to $30,500. Actually, that's just making up for lost ground. Before the Great Recession kicked in, Idaho insisted on paying all new recruits $31,750. It got as low as $29,655 in the 2010-2011 school year. That had better be enough, for awhile.Under Idaho's pay grid, it may be eight years before you're entitled to more. In fact, 31 percent of Idaho's teachers are in the same fix - caught in a compensation package twilight zone/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Has Idaho become a training ground for teachers, who will jump to other states for better pay?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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