BOISE -- The state Department of Education's release of data telling teachers whether they've earned a bonus under Idaho's new merit pay plan is being delayed.

The agency says the information -- initially scheduled to go out Sept. 1 -- likely won't be released until next week because school districts were given more time to appeal student achievement results that were finalized in late August.

After districts get the merit pay data, they'll have 30 days to appeal any of the information being used to calculate the teacher bonuses.

The data dump is being pushed back as pay-for-performance opponents criticize state officials over the timing of the bonus payout, scheduled for Nov. 15. The bonuses are among reforms being challenged at ballot box and must first pass voter muster Nov. 6.

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