One more cut for National Board teachers
One more thing in today's budget proposal: The House is recommending further reductions to the amount of money that National Board certified teachers get.
Last spring, the Legislature cut its support for the application process -- about $2,500 -- and eliminated the mentoring bonus -- about $4,800. Interest in applying has since declined drastically, to no one's surprise.
The newest suggestion is to cut the remaining bonus by 20 percent to help balance the budget.
Rep. John Legg, vice chairman of the House Pre-K-12 Appropriations Committee, predicted a fight as the idea winds its way through committees this week. But we've been told by several insiders that this proposal, as much of the education spending plan, already has buy-in from House and Senate leaders and is not likely to change much.
See also our Tallahassee bureau's story on the Legislature's plans for education funding. And stay tuned.