Teachers Under Criminal Investigation Could Still Get Paid Under Idaho Bill
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho senators have agreed to modify a proposal aimed at freeing school districts from having to pay teachers under criminal investigation. The bill proposed by the Idaho School Board Association originally would have placed educators who are in jail or under criminal court order on unpaid leave.
The idea drew criticism from the Idaho Education Association for essentially punishing teachers before their criminal case is resolved. But Republican Sen. Bob Nonini of Coeur d’Alene offered a compromise Tuesday: Have districts to put a teacher’s salary into a reserve account that be paid out if cleared of wrongdoing.
The Senate voted unanimously for the amendment and will vote later on the entire bill. A similar solution was considered in the House Education Committee, but the bill never got a hearing.