State report raises questions about school districts' distribution of teacher 'leadership premiums'

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A new state report is raising questions about how Idaho school districts are distributing “leadership premiums” designed to reward select teachers who take on added responsibilities, reports Idaho Education News. In 2015-16, legislators earmarked $16.1 million to reward teachers who take on leadership roles. Lawmakers want these ongoing “leadership premiums” to go to select teachers who take on added responsibilities. Yet the new report shows 19 districts gave a share of the money to at least 90 percent of their teaching staff, writes EdNews reporter Kevin Richert. Lawmakers also wanted eligible teachers to receive a significant bonus, writing an $850 minimum into state statute. Eighteen districts and charter schools awarded smaller premiums anyway;...

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