Teacher Pay Bill: Back Again

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A House panel has introduced its third version of a bill to raise the pay for Idaho teachers.

The House Education Committee voted unanimously Thursday to consider the plan after introducing — and then killing — a similar plan on Wednesday.

Special Assistant for Education Marilyn Whitney says the bill was tweaked to let groups of teachers — not just individual teachers who meet certain benchmarks — apply for $4,000 per person bonuses.

But Republican Rep. Patrick McDonald from Boise raised concerns with teachers’ roles in how the benchmarks are set.

Negotiations over the bill will likely push lawmakers past their March 27 expected end-date.

The bill would increase salaries for rookie teachers by almost $1,000.

The panel is slated to have a full hearing on the plan Friday.