Why It Pays To Be An Idaho Substitute Teacher Right Now!
Idaho has the reputation of not paying its teachers a livable wage. For years educators have fought for any pay raise. It's not unusual for teachers to leave the Gem State once they've established a few years of experience. Some districts are opening up their wallets, if only temporarily, due to many teachers being out sick with Covid.
KTVB is reporting that the pay will increase significantly for substitute teachers, at least for the next few weeks. The Covid outbreak has hard-hit schools across the Treasure Valley and the state. Schools up north, in Caldwell and Nampa have closed their doors because of a lack of personnel.
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The West Ada Teachers Union has taken to social media to express their concerns about staffing during this rampant Omicron wave. The union would like to promote a return to mask-wearing as a means of preventing the spread of the variant.
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Back to the pay raise for substitutes, the district broke down the pay raises on their Facebook page. Here is the new rate for substitute teaching in the West Ada District.
West Ada and all other Idaho districts will continue to struggle to keep enough staff available to keep their schools open. Most Idahoans do not want to see a return to remote learning which took place during the beginning of the pandemic.