Schools of Hard Knocks

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Teachers from across Idaho share front-line classroom successes, concerns with Idaho Legislature education committees. Members of both the Idaho House and Senate Education Committees were schooled Feb. 5 when educators from every corner of Idaho appeared before the lawmakers with a message: Many classrooms are overcrowded and too many school districts are underfunded. "I don't think we should have to choose between paying teachers a livable wage and providing a manageable class size," said Shelly Hopkins, a seventh-grade English teacher in the Kuna School District, adding that she usually works 15-hour days. "I don't think teachers are compensated enough to work 70-hour weeks." Hopkins also showed Senate and House...
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