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Board OKs master teacher pay bonus plan

Posted at 4:21 PM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 18:21:53-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Experienced teachers in Idaho looking for a bonus will have to show their work -- just like their students, under a new plan recently adopted by the Idaho State Board of Education.

Under the new state guidelines, teachers with at least eight years of experience will have to submit a portfolio documenting how they meet the standards required to receive a master teacher premium. These $4,000 bonuses won't go into effect until 2019, but the board wants to give enough time to teachers and schools district for preparation.

Mark Jones, a Boise principal who helped draft the new plan, says an independent committee will review the portfolios to determine if they meet the criteria for a bonus.

Master teacher premiums are part a five-year pay plan designed to attract and retain teachers.