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Another pitch to save board certified teacher bonuses



With the House preK-12 appropriations budget conforming bill up for a vote today, Rep. Marty Kiar, D-Davie, made another pitch to save a state program that awards bonuses to National Board certified teachers.

The conforming bill would require any new National Board certified teachers to work in a low-performing school to earn the bonus, which has been almost $5,000 a year, whereas currently all National Board certified teachers regardless of school are awarded the bonus. Kiar offered an amendment that would keep it that way, protecting teachers who already rely on the bonus, he said. Additionally, Kiar proposed offering a separate bonus (of paying the application fee) to those National Board certified teachers who work in low-performing schools.

House preK-12 appropriations chair Rep. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, said the changes would cost an additional $5 million to $8 million and that because there's no money left in the budget, she could not support the proposal.

Kiar expressed hope for working with Flores on a bipartisan amendment to save the bonuses and then withdrew his proposal.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:20am]


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