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RE: National Board Professional Teaching Standards

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Sears, Ellen (
Sun, 28 Nov 1999 19:34:01 -0500

"We already have to pass detailed state requirements for
teacher certification requirements (at least here in California), for which
have to pay out of our own pockets. Now there are another bunch of
requirements carrying a hefty price tag. "

Carla and interested parties:
A great thing about National Boards is that it is optional - actually can't
be required.
I did it because the timing was right personally and financially - I didn't
pay any of the fee, 1/2 was state subsidy, 1/2 grant, and I was looking at
options for continuing my education. I receive my
Rank I (30 hours over a Masters, and a pay raise) from the state for
completing and passing. Some states and districts really reward teachers
for receiving certification. And some districts pay for part of the fee.
Even if I did pay the fee, it would have been a lot less than 30 graduate
hours, travel time and inflexible scheduling. I have 3 children, and it was
much easier to carve out time for this during the year than 10 classes over
the summer and during the school year.
It's not for everyone - it worked for me.

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