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Nationally Certified Teachers In the South

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Hoping to boost teacher quality, Southern states lead the nation in the number of teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. These totals are as of Dec. 3, 2003.

Certificates Issued State Incentives for Teachers With NBPTS Certification**
 Alabama 632 $5000 bonus upon initial certification.  $5000 annually for the life of the certificate.
 Arkansas 183 Initial bonus increased to $5000 by 2005.  Annual bonus of $2000 for the life of the certificate.
 Delaware 206 Annual bonus of 12 percent of the state portion of salary for the life of the certificate.
 Florida 4,940 Annual bonus of 10 percent of the prior year's average statewide salary for teachers for the life of the certificate.
 Georgia 1,323 10 percent of the state portion of salary annually for the life of the certificate (calculated annually).
 Kentucky 537 $2000 annually for the life of the certificate.
 Louisiana 337 $5000 annually for the life of the certificate.
 Maryland 334 State will provide matching funds, up to $2000, for the bonuses provided by local boards (Bonuses vary by school system.)
 Mississippi 1,761 $6000 annually for the life of the certificate.
 North Carolina 6,641 12 percent of the state portion of salary annually for the life of the certificate (calculated annually.)
 Oklahoma 858 $5000 annually for the life of the certificate.  Bonus will increase to $7000 when funding is available.
 South Carolina 3,225 $2000 bonus upon initial certification. $7500 annually for the life of the certificate.
 Tennessee 91 No monetary bonus provided by the state.
 Texas 141 No monetary bonus provided by the state.
 Virginia 552 $5000 bonus upon initial certification.  $2500 annually for the life of the certificate.
 West Virginia 151 $2500 annually for the life of the certificate.
 SREB States 21,912
United States* 32,131

*Includes "others" (teachers who did not provide city of state information), teachers with multiple certificates, and those who are deceased.

**Bonuses and incentives in some states may be affected by the economy.

SOURCE: Southern Regional Education Board

Vol. 23, Issue 28, Page 23

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