February 2, 2014

Certified teachers feel slighted by budget


Associated Press

— 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, it isn’t expected to translate to raises for about 2,000 nationally certified teachers in Georgia.

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

National Board of Professional Teaching Standards spokeswoman Aparna Kumar told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution nearly three-fourths of all states offer support for teachers who are nationally certified.