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Report: ID Public School Financial Picture Deteriorating

December 11, 2007

Boise, ID – Public education in Idaho is losing ground financially even as class sizes grow, according to a new report from the National Education Association. The NEA's analysis shows that the average salary for Idaho teachers has dropped to 38th in the nation, the amount spent per student is down to 46th, and Idaho class sizes are now the seventh-largest among the 50 states.

Idaho Education Association President Sherri Wood says finances need to be improved.

"If Idaho wants to attract and retain quality teachers, we must provide adequate and stable funding."

Wood wants the Idaho legislature to pay attention to this report when it convenes in January.

That's when the IEA will introduce legislation to change the way teachers are paid, in the interest of keeping high-quality teachers in the profession, and in the interest of students.

"Our pay plan will emphasize professional development that research shows increases student achievement."

The report is available online, at

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ID