State panel votes to cut board certified teachers' stipends

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In a unanimous vote from The Education Oversight Committee on Monday, the $7,500-a-year stipend that South Carolina pays its top teachers may soon be a thing of the past.

The stipend cut would affect all teachers that apply for or earn national board certification after July 1st, 2010 and limits the time period the already board-certified teachers could get the stipend to 10 years.

The South Carolina education system is struggling enough with abysmal literacy rates and low test scores, is it really a good idea to encourage the most qualified instructors to seek jobs in a state that rewards their efforts?

The State has some good coverage of the issue.

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