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February 3, 2015 at 3:23 PM

Roundup: Idaho border towns struggle with teacher pay; texting teens through a crisis

Idaho border towns struggle to match teacher pay in neighboring states (KPLU): Average annual starting salaries for teachers in Idaho are several thousand dollars below what a new teacher can expect to make in Washington and Wyoming, leaving some districts scrambling to attract qualified job candidates. Some educators say the state has a political climate that is unfavorable to teachers and makes working there even less desirable.

Nonprofit counsels teens in crisis via text message (The New Yorker): Crisis Text Line is the only national, 24-7 crisis line operating entirely by text message.

Tennessee wants schools to promote backpack safety (Chalkbeat Tennessee): A state lawmaker in Tennessee has proposed a resolution urging educators, parents and students to learn about the dangers of carrying heavy backpacks to school.

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