Nearly 500 schools share $38M in teacher bonuses

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Public schools in Idaho's capital will get the biggest share of a $38 million pay-for-performance bonus under Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's now-repealed education overhaul.

Boise School District teachers will share $4.6 million, with teachers in the Meridian School District, the biggest in the state, taking home a combined $4.2 million.

The Pocatello School District will receive $2 million to distribute to educators.

In all, 499 schools, or 76 percent of Idaho's roughly 650 schools, will receive one-time bonuses linked to student performance in 2011-2012.

Despite his loss Nov. 6 on all three of his education laws, Luna has promised to resurrect some provisions during the 2013 Legislature including merit pay.

Foes of the laws this week warned that he shouldn't pursue anything without first enlisting their support.