Idaho school districts considering financial emergency declaration - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Idaho school districts considering financial emergency declaration

BOISE, Idaho. - A school district in eastern Idaho is believed to be the first to declare a financial emergency under a new state law, opening the door for administrators to modify contracts and reduce teacher pay.

School District 25, which serves about 12,000 students in Pocatello and Chubbuck, faces an estimated $3 million shortfall next year and plans to reduce its workforce to help offset the loss.

District trustees declared a financial emergency Tuesday and will now begin contract negotiations with the local teachers union.

School districts in Coeur d'Alene and Idaho Falls are also considering whether to declare a financial emergency under a law the governor signed last month.

It does away with the requirement teachers always be paid at least as much as the previous year.

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