A week after Wisconsin officials approved a law to limit collective bargaining for teachers, Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed into law a similar measure, one that drew protests in his state.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna said the measure, which would limit collective bargaining agreements to one year and phase out tenure, would save public schools $9 million a year.
Gov. Otter also signed a pay-for-performance plan that will allow teachers to earn higher salaries if they improve students’ achievement and work in hard-to-staff positions. Mr. Luna said a teacher could earn an extra $8,000 a year with the new law.
A version of this article appeared in the March 30, 2011 edition of Education Week as Idaho Gov. Signs Merit Pay, Collective Bargaining Bills