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    Filed at 5:53 pm under by dcobranchi

    Several school districts, including Pittsburgh, provide bonuses or salary increases as incentives for obtaining the certification. City schools pay nationally certified teachers an additional $4,600 a year once they obtain the certification.

    Certification shouldn’t mean more money. The teachers should have been qualified to begin with.

    2 Responses to “Payoffs”

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    July 26th, 2004
    at 6:36 pm

    The certifications are above and beyond the normal ed-school certs. Personally, I don’t have a problem with school districts paying teachers more for passing the National Boards if there were some evidence that they were relevant in the classroom. The jury is still out on that.

    Comment by
    July 26th, 2004
    at 7:16 pm

    I do have a problem with paying them more. 🙂

    I take into consideration all the benefits they receive. Many teachers receive lifetime health insurance, yearly raises, sick and personal days, which can be cashed in. They don’t have to pay into Social Security as they receive hefty pensions when they retire. Those pensions are probably tax-exempt. Many receive holiday pay, which covers their winter break and all the other days off in the school year. There’s also a tax credit for school supplies, and the list goes on. Add all that to their paychecks and see how much they really make for working about 180-185 days out of a year.