Senate Education Chairman John Ford is working to restore a $5,000 stipend to Oklahoma teachers who’ve completed National Board Certification. Ford said ensuring those educators get what was promised is a top priority in the 2012 session.
|Sen. John Ford|
Ford said National Board Certification is a rigorous program that takes teachers one to three years to complete. According to state statutes, those educators who have completed the process are to receive an annual $5,000 stipend for 10 years, if funding is available. Ford’s legislation would make it clear that eligible teachers would get their stipends, as promised.
“If we don’t have the funding to pay the stipend because of budget constraints in the current fiscal year, then those teachers will receive this year’s payment at the end of their certification period,” Ford said. “We have about 2, 275 teachers who are currently eligible for the bonus. They did the additional work and kept their end of the bargain. We need to keep our end of the bargain as well.”