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Tue., Jan. 8, 2013, 3:54 p.m.

Survey: Idaho Teachers In Despair

The report also identified “a strong undercurrent of despair” among teachers, who said they perceive a climate that “disparages their effort and belittles their contribution,” said OPE analyst Lance McCleve. School officials reported trouble recruiting teachers, particularly for hard-to-fill positions including science, math and special education. Salary was cited overwhelmingly as the top barrier to recruitment; 76.2 percent of superintendents and 66.7 percent of principals pointed to salary. In addition, 81 percent of superintendents and 59.9 percent of principals said they’re concerned about their ability to retain their current teachers; even larger numbers said their teachers are taking on additional duties due to a loss of support staff/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Now why would an Idaho teacher feel despair?




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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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