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Wed., Nov. 14, 2012, 8:27 a.m.

CdASD To Get $1.7M In Merit Pay

Idaho on Tuesday revealed which schools made the cut under a pay-for-performance system rejected by voters a week earlier. The controversial merit pay law pushed by the state schools superintendent, and overturned in last week’s election, will be in effect this year only. The state will pay more than $5.5 million in bonuses in North Idaho, including $1.7 million in the Coeur d’Alene School District. Teachers will receive bonuses of up to $4,142 in the coming weeks, though some who teach at underperforming schools will receive nothing, even if they’re among the best educators in a school district. In Coeur d’Alene, Borah Elementary School fell short of the state’s criteria for merit pay, and the principal and 20 teachers there won’t get a dime/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Is it fair that nothing goes to Borah Elementary teachers, who instruct the poorest students in the Coeur d'Alene School District?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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