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Idaho teachers to get performance bonuses despite voter repeal

Even though voters overturned the Students Come First laws, teachers who earned merit pay during the last school year can expect a payment by Dec. 15, the Times-News reports. The Idaho State Department of Education announced Tuesday that 499 schools around the state qualified to receive pay-for-performance money. A total of $38 million will go out Thursday to school districts and public charter schools. From there, it will be passed out to teachers. About 8 of every 10 educators earned bonuses, according to Tuesday’s announcement. In a legal opinion made public Monday, Deputy Attorney General Andrew Snook wrote that there doesn’t appear to be any legal obstacle to school districts distributing bonuses to educators.

“It is recommended that this ministerial responsibility be completed as efficiently as practical,” he wrote…

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