Feb 24, 2010 8:06 AM by APNewsNow
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek has reversed course on the merits of a national certification program that adds at least $5,000 a year to teachers' paychecks.
Pastorek touted the achievement last year as vital to creating a world-class education system.
He said Tuesday that national certification does not mean teachers are getting the job done.
Pastorek's new stance backs a proposal by the Jindal administration to get rid of monetary awards.
The governor's $24.2 billion proposed state operating budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 would eliminate $5,000-per-year stipends for public schoolteachers who have earned national certification.
Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan said he is incredulous that Pastorek would question the importance of national certification.
Information from: The Advocate, http://www.2theadvocate.com
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