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No school in Tacoma on Thursday as teachers announce strike

Tacoma teachers say they will strike starting Thursday.


‘Bargain now,’ Kennewick teachers demand. District says not so fast.

Hundreds of Kennewick teachers, nurses and other certificated workers rallied and marched Tuesday, saying the school district is getting millions more from the state for their salaries and benefits but …


Arizona is next stop for movement seeking better teacher pay

The latest stop in the national movement seeking higher teacher pay and better education funding is Arizona, where tens of thousands of teachers have voted to walk off the job …


Editorial: Legislators heading for inexcusable cram session

To pull a cram session on something as momentous and far-reaching as education funding is a dereliction of their duty.


Education funding talks can finally begin

Now that Senate Republicans have produced a plan to resolve the most contentious aspects of basic education funding, it means that bargaining can begin.


Website’s claim that Coeur d’Alene teachers worst-paid in U.S. isn’t quite right

The claim by national online site Career Trends by Graphiq were startling, depressing – that the average pay for high school teachers in Coeur d’Alene are the worst in the …


Washington school salaries hard to compare

Comparing pay for teachers and other public school employees around Washington is difficult, experts tell lawmakers as the Legislature tries to figure out how much the state must spend to …


Washington teachers receive same base pay no matter location

While many rural school districts in the United States struggle to recruit and retain quality teachers, Washington is one of just a few states where a teacher’s base salary is …


Otter signs $125 million teacher pay bill

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed a major teacher-pay bill into law Thursday, saying the measure marks a “historic” legislative session for Idaho that overcame years of bitter school-reform …


Idaho House OKs bill to improve teacher salaries

BOISE – The Idaho House has approved a teacher-pay bill that calls for spending $125 million more on teacher salaries over the next five years. House Education Chairman Reed DeMordaunt, …


Teacher pay bill widely supported

BOISE – Something rare emerged in the Idaho Legislature on Friday: consensus on a major teacher pay bill. Teachers, school districts, lawmakers and state officials all backed the new plan, …


Opposition to Idaho teacher-pay bill delays education budget vote

BOISE – Teachers from across Idaho traveled to the Capitol this week to speak against a controversial teacher performance-pay plan, and now the bill – which is the centerpiece of …


Idaho may restore some teacher pay cuts

Teachers stand to see wages bolstered under a plan approved Monday by legislative budget writers who favored unwinding a 2-year-old freeze on the system that helps set their pay, as …


Ill-fated teacher bonuses patchy

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, …


Bill to restore Idaho teacher pay clears Senate

BOISE – The Idaho Senate has unanimously backed a major change to the controversial Students Come First school reform law that requires annual cuts to the teacher salary funds to …


Deal reached on deep state spending cuts

Legislative leaders unveiled a new version of the 2011-13 operating budget they described as painful but sustainable. A deal on the capital budget and changes to the state’s debt limit …


Teacher pay doesn’t benefit kids, study finds

WASHINGTON – A study released Tuesday found that offering teachers annual bonuses of up to $15,000 had no effect on student test scores – a result likely to inflame debate …


Idaho school districts declaring emergencies

BOISE – At least a dozen Idaho school districts have declared financial emergencies under a new state law, and more are considering the move as they face their first-ever cut …


Idaho sets teacher pay funding

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers set state funding for teacher raises for the coming year at 2.2 percent Tuesday, while setting aside 3 percent to boost the minimum salary for starting …


Senate rejects merit pay for teachers

BOISE – The Idaho Senate rejected a controversial teacher merit pay plan Friday, after an impassioned debate that ran more than two hours. Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, …


Teacher merit pay plan clears Senate panel

BOISE - A divided Idaho Senate committee barely passed a teacher merit pay plan Tuesday, after weeks of hearings and heartfelt testimony and multiple revisions in the plan. “I think …


Teacher merit pay plan outlined

BOISE – Coeur d’Alene Sen. John Goedde unveiled a new teacher merit pay plan Tuesday, along with another bill to “streamline” teacher firings. Goedde, the Senate Education Committee chairman, told …


Teacher raise plan tied to performance

BOISE – State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna called Monday for big raises for Idaho’s teachers next year – but only if they come through a new pay-for-performance plan. Luna …