Some Idaho lawmakers have an idea on how to get more qualified teachers into the state, by helping them pay their student loans.
Since 2110, the number of teachers in Idaho has been dwindling. By 2013 the number of teachers leaving Idaho classrooms was twice the number of teachers seeking certification, about 1800 versus 900.
Now comes a new proposal in the form of a bill that would grant new teachers in rural areas some relief to their student loans. The bill is sponsored by North Idaho Democratic representative Paulette Jordan.