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The Board of Education recently sent out an open letter to Idaho’s educators regarding the new tiered teacher certification proposal. It bluntly admits that Idaho’s teachers aren’t compensated anywhere near where they should be (true), but then argues that the only way Idaho legislators would find a raise to be palatable is to move to a tiered teacher certification system (false).

A tiered certification system is a completely separate topic from teacher compensation. The attempt to conflate the two as being one and the same is deceptive at worst, misleading at best.

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