Science And Technology Tuesday: Too Little-Too Little
The State of Idaho is considering giving science and math teachers a whopping 3.75% premium for teaching in these tough-to-recruit subject areas:
A Senate panel has approved a bill that would raise math and science teacher pay in the hope of attracting more of those educators to Idaho.If all the state of Idaho pays its beginning teachers is thirty grand per year, I'm not suprised that there's a teacher shortage in those critical areas.
The measure would cost the state around $2.8 million and would raise pay for those teachers by 3.75 percent.
That's a raise of just over $1,000 for a teacher earning $30,000 a year.
The pay raise wouldn't come until the teacher had been working at least five years, a time lag that some critics say would weaken the measure.
It passed the Senate Education Committee yesterday after a debate.
Heh. I wonder how many aspiring teachers would be willing to change their majors and head north in order to collect Idaho's $100 per month (less taxes) bonus? And before you begin cashing those checks, better not forget that five-year time lag...