Idaho House committee passes teacher education credit bill

classroomIdaho teachers who have earned advanced degrees could again be eligible for higher salaries under a measure passed by the House Education committee.

The bill approved Monday would repeal a freeze imposed two years ago on pay increases for teachers who go back to school for more training. The proposal would restore $4 million annually for salaries.

Teacher pay has traditionally been determined by a matrix that increased pay based on years served and degrees earned. But teachers who earned advanced degrees were no longer eligible for pay hikes under Idaho’s fiscal year 2011 budget.

The Students Come First laws unfroze the salary grid, but teachers getting new education credits were stuck again when those measures were repealed by voters last November.

The bill now moves to the full House for debate. (AP)

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