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Ybarra changes proposal, says all districts should get same amount next year and teachers should get 3% raises

New Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra has changed her teacher pay proposal for next year again, telling the House and Senate Education committees today that she wants all teachers to get 3 percent raises next year. Idaho EdNews reporter Clark Corbin reports that as she did last week, Ybarra again called for a pilot program to phase in a new “career ladder” pay plan for teachers. But when lawmakers pressed her for more specifics on her $25 million plan, she said every district would receive the same amount for teacher pay next year.

“Everybody across Idaho will get a 3 percent increase,” Ybarra said. “Those districts participating in the pilot (will be asked to) come up with creative ways other than original steps and lanes (from the state’s existing salary reimbursement table).” Corbin’s full report is online here. Both Gov. Butch Otter and the House and Senate Education chairs have said they want the new teacher career ladder to start its statewide phase-in next year; it would tie teachers' raises to performance metrics, including evaluations and student achievement.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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