NBCT teacher pay to continue in Hillsborough
The Hillsborough school district has agreed to continue a stipend for National Board Certified Teachers after the state's lucrative bonus ends.
While contract negotiations are ongoing, the teachers union has announced a tentative agreement to create a salary differential for NBCT certification, similar to that for higher degrees. Details still have to be worked out, but the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association proposes as a starting point the stipend for specialists, set at $4,370 in 2007-08.
Florida has offered lucrative bonuses to teachers with the certification, considered the gold standard in teaching. But facing a bleak budget picture this year, the Legislature decided to end the payments after 10 years. Hillsborough's enhancement would kick in during the second, 10-year certification period.
Hillsborough also has hammered out a consensus on teacher use of cell phones. There will be no restrictions on teachers, but they are expected behave professionally and use discretion in taking emergency cell phone calls during class time.
Both side still are discussing salary items. The teachers union has requested a seven percent raise, and the district has offered zero percent.