BOISE -- At least 21 Idaho school districts are unilaterally imposing contract terms on teachers after failing to reach agreement with local unions.
The districts' ability to impose contracts without negotiating with unions comes under Idaho's new "Students Come First" school reform laws. The laws rolled back most collective bargaining rights for teachers and limited contracts to one-year terms. It also limited contract negotiations to salary and benefits only and shifted budget money from salaries to merit bonuses.
State Schools Superintendent Tom Luna told The Spokesman-Review that it's good news that just 21 out of 130 school districts and charter schools weren't able to reach agreement by the deadline.
But Lakeland School District high school art teacher Carrie Scozzaro says teachers feel like they're no longer being listened to as professionals.