The Teton Education Association is suing Teton School District 401 along with five members of the school board of trustees. They say district officials refused to reallocate funds released by the state of Idaho when it reversed a 5% holdback that had been instituted at the peak of COVID-19.
They say those funds are critical to staff compensation and student services. TEA says it has made multiple attempts to collectively bargain for these funds, which represent compensation they should have already received.
TEA President Angela Hoopes told KIFI TV, “We are a border community that frequently loses educators to better paying jobs in Wyoming, and the Teton School District’s tactics can only lead to more turnover among staff.” Such turnover, she says is detrimental to students.”