For 1,405 Idaho teachers, the wait is over. And for 1,226 teachers, the money is on the way. The vast majority of applicants will receive one of Idaho’s new master educator premiums, writes Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News, a $4,000-per-year bonus designed to reward Idaho’s highest performing veteran teachers.

The State Board of Education’s emails to applicants began going out Monday, and more went out on Tuesday. The long-awaited word on the premiums comes more than three months after applicants turned in detailed portfolios laying out their case for a share of the money. You can read Richert's full story online here at

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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