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Support a teacher? Maybe not



The Florida Legislature's plan to cut funding for National Board certified teachers hasn't gone down well with Pasco school leaders. The district relies on the mentors to help new teachers, superintendent Heather Fiorentino said. Without the state money backing teachers' applications or paying the bonuses, School Board member Marge Whaley suggested, teacher participation is likely to fall off.

Kstarkey The prospect of losing "one of the most effective programs we have" disturbed School Board chairwoman Kathryn Starkey so much that she proposed an adopt-a-teacher plan: "What do you think about putting a call-out to the community to sponsor a teacher? Put me down as the first one."

To be sure Starkey understood how much that might cost, assistant superintendent Sandy Ramos gave a partial description of the amount at stake. The state covers the $2,250 application fee as well as a mentoring bonus of about $4,000, both of which the Legislature would do away with.

Starkey smiled and blushed a bit. "Okay, well, forget about that," she said, quickly abandoning her idea. "Hopefully it's just zeroed out for one year."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:40am]


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