By Levi B Cavener (Note, the following is intended to be satirical)
Executive Director Matt Freeman of the State Board of Education shared a piece in which he suggested that educators need to be better informed of facts regarding Master Educator Premiums. My “teacher-mode” kicked in while reading his editorial, and I have made some revisions to his writing which I have shared below: (Note, the following are my words, not Director Freeman’s. We can only wish the SBE could treat teachers this way).
First, I want to issue the most pleasant of greetings to Idaho’s teachers during this summer. I know this message will find Gem State Educators all across the country taking professional development, university courses, advanced placement training, etc. I appreciate how Idaho leads the nation in its teachers taking unpaid time in order to benefit their students.
I want you to know that the State Board of Education is listening to the conversation and frustration of Idaho’s teachers regarding the Master Educator Premium program which has its first submissions due at the end of this month. We believe leadership starts at the top, which is why SBE President Critchfield has instructed all SBE members and staff to develop a portfolio of their own in order to demonstrate our mastery in leading Idaho’s education system.