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Should teachers keep supplements?

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A state Senator and former educator is pushing legislation to restore salary supplements to teachers who earn their national board certification.

Senator Freddie Powell Sims of Albany says it's critical that we have the best teachers in our schools to help students achieve. She says teachers work hard and often shell out their own money to further their education and undergo the arduous certification process.

House Bill 243 would allow teachers who are already board certified, or enrolled in the process as of March of this year, to continue to be eligible for the increases.

She said, "You don't want to divest in education, you want to continue to invest and investment comes with professional growth of the teacher as well as results for the children, buildings, the physical part of it, but it's important that these teachers receive their pay because it is a legal issue also. They were promised this."

The professional association of Georgia Educators, filed suit against the state over the reduction in pay supplements, arguing that board certified teachers had been promised the pay and lawmakers had no right to cut it.

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