States Eye NBCT Supplements In Budget Battles

nbptsSince the establishment of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 1987, almost 74,000 educators across the country have earned the designation of National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT). Many states help classroom teachers pay for the $2,500 application fee and pay stipends to those that maintain their NBCT status. Due to budget shortfalls caused by a worsening economy, states across the country have begun to reduce or withdraw financial support and incentives for teacher participation.

With the second-highest number of NBCTs in the country, Florida’s state legislators have cut spending on the program in half, dropping applications for the program to just 12% of last year’s numbers. Mississippi has reduced its spending on the program, while Georgia, South Carolina and Louisiana’s proposed budgets would eliminate NBCT teacher stipends.

Ten additional CCS teachers recently achieved this highly sought after designation, bringing the district’s NBCT count to 114. Columbus City Schools has more NBCTs than any other district in the state of Ohio.