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Pastorek: Stipend cuts OK

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Posted: Feb 24, 2010 6:23 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: stipend, Paul Pastorek, school, teacher, program, national certification

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.

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