Celebrate teachers, our partners in the education of Idaho’s future

For several generations, our family has been involved in animal husbandry in Idaho. It is a useful but challenging business that requires dedicated and very hardworking employees.

Governor Brad Little

One thing I’ve learned as a ranch owner and businessman that I apply to my work as a governor: you can attract and retain dedicated, quality workers just by paying them competitively, offering good benefits and making them feel valuable.

This was true on the ranch, and it is true with any work team, especially with our teachers.

I recently concluded a week of teacher gratitude rallies across Idaho to express my gratitude to teachers and school staff, and to celebrate the adoption of my “Idaho Leader” Teacher Health Insurance Bill. The new law aims to expand health benefits to preserve the health of Idaho teachers and their families and allow them to keep more of what they earn.

When the people of Idaho elected me governor more than three years ago, I never thought we would achieve what I call a “trifecta”. This year, we have already achieved record tax breaks, and we are on track to record investments in education and transportation – all in one year. Our success is impressive!

A big component of my Leading Idaho plan is to ensure that we compensate and reward teachers for their hard work. My budget is investing in these partners – our teachers – who ultimately serve the Idaho families. My plan also includes raising teachers ’salaries to 10% along with bonuses of $ 1,000.

Why?

Because teachers come to work early, so they prepare for a fruitful day of learning as their students walk through the classroom door.

Because teachers adapt throughout the day, adapting lesson content to different learning styles so that each student can leave with a better foundation of knowledge and skills.

Because teachers face the daily challenge of helping one or two, and perhaps more, students with individual behavioral needs.

Because teachers step up to fulfill the necessary roles in coaching, running student clubs and other extracurricular activities.

Because teachers spend their evenings and weekends evaluating school assignments and answering texts, phone calls and emails from parents and students with a special request if they could spend this time with their families.

Because teachers are passionate about preparing students for future careers and creating an environment where students feel safe and supported.

Mostly because teachers collaborate with parents in teaching children, and we cannot fulfill our commitments to students without supporting the people who teach them in the classroom.

I want to thank my partners in the legislature for making teachers a priority. By adopting a bill last week on teachers ’health insurance, they recognize the important role of teachers in our state.

So, teachers, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for everything you do for the students and their families!

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