Money lacking for teacher bonuses

Thursday, December 4th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ State schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett says there isn't enough money to pay bonuses promised to teachers who earned a national certification.

Teachers who were named National Board Certified Teachers are to get a bonus of $5,000 a year for 10 years under a law passed by the Oklahoma Legislature.

A total of 226 teachers earned the honor this year and more than 850 across the state are now certified.

Garrett said the number of teachers earning the certification was higher than expected and she will ask the Legislature for a supplemental appropriation worth about $600,000 to ensure the teachers get their bonuses.