Certified Ga. teachers feel slighted by budget

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ATLANTA — Some Georgia educators say they feel slighted by pay increases for nationally board certified teachers being left out of the state’s education budget.

After the recession started, the state cut ten percent raises for teachers who spent time and money on national board certification. Although Gov. Nathan Deal says he’s planning to spend $547 million more on education, the extra money isn’t expected to translate to raises for about 2,000 nationally board certified teachers in Georgia.

“They took our supplement and gave us furlough days,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Cherokee County high school science teacher Christine Lauer as saying. “They took the people who had gone the furthest, who had gone the extra mile, and said, ‘We’re going to hurt you for bettering yourself.’”

National board certification isn’t a requirement, but it’s believed to have ties to how effective an educator is in the classroom. During a study in 2012, researchers from Harvard University found that teachers who were board certified in Gwinnett County – the state’s largest district – outperformed peers with the same level of experience in certain subject areas. Several other studies have also found that national board certified teachers had greater impacts on minority and low-income students.

Heavenly Montgomery, a board certified teacher who now works as a Title I data support specialist for Fulton County Schools, said the national board certification process forced her to follow research-based practices in theory and application.

“In order to certify you have to show evidence in writing and video-taped lessons of the teacher actually applying best practices,” she said.

Republican Rep. Earl Ehrhart, House budget subcommittee chairman, said it would be difficult to fund the pay supplements, and he understands why Deal didn’t include them in the 2014 budget proposal.

“I haven’t changed my position on national board certification,” he said. “It was a promise we made and I still think we ought to continue to try to find a way to fund it.”

National Board of Professional Teaching Standards spokeswoman Aparna Kumar said nearly three-fourths of all states offer support for teachers who are nationally certified. The support can range from extra pay to the state paying for teachers to renew their certification.

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Bodhisattva 02/03/14 - 08:42 am
Since 2003, according to QBE

Since 2003, according to QBE funding requirements, Georgia has underfunded K-12 education by $7.6 billion dollars. Now, thanks to intense lobbying and money from out of state interests, a large portion of education funding is being siphoned out of public education and used to promote for profit interests due to the charter school scam. Georgia also diverts millions of taxpayer funds to unaccountable private schools, and some want to divert more, while shortchanging public schools. The state has also has massive cuts in funding to higher education causing tuition to skyrocket. What we have seen is private and for profit interests cutting into funds which should be solely used for public education. The GOP has shown they have no interest in funding or bettering public schools. They are interested in stealing every dollar they can and diverting it to those who can pour big dollars into campaigns and into private schools which are free to discriminate in any number of ways in their selection of their students.



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Little Lamb 02/03/14 - 09:23 am
How Much?

Bodhisattva posted:

Now . . . a large portion of education funding is being siphoned out of public education and used to promote for profit interests due to the charter school scam.

Please tell us how much is being siphoned out; and tell us how much the overall budget is; so we can determine whether it's a "large portion" or not. My guess is, "No."

And remember, money spent on charter schools is not "siphoned out" of public education. Charter schools remain part of the public school system.

corgimom 02/03/14 - 10:31 am
There is a growing problem

There is a growing problem with those for-profit schools.

The charter school idea was never meant for organizations to make big money, but that's the way it's headed.

Those for-profit schools are just as bad as the for-profit "colleges" that accept anybody and everybody and do not provide a quality education.

scoobynews 02/03/14 - 04:00 pm
These national certified

These national certified teachers don't deserve a 10 percent raise when they could easily manipulate the "filming" of their lessons in order to get certified. I know way to many of them who handpicked kids and filmed required lessons during their planning time. If everyone can't get a raise then I guess no one should!

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