By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
Quality teachers make the learning experience special for students and Kentucky is fortunate to rank 11th in the nation in the number of teachers who have attained National Board Certification status.
Nearly 2,500 teachers in Kentucky are nationally board certified, with Jefferson County leading the Commonwealth with 221 - more than any other district – and half of them have been certified in the past three years. Comparatively the entire state of Indiana has 155 teachers who are nationally board certified.
Certainly there are plenty of quality teachers in both states who don't have this certification, and the expense and time involved curtail some from trying to get it.
Money is understandably tight for state government as well, but it would be a wise investment for both Indiana and Kentucky legislators to offer pay rewards to teachers who do become nationally board certified. Alternatively, underwriting the certification costs for teachers in specific schools would be a strong charitable investment from private businesses or colleges. The University of Louisville partners with Atkinson Elementary in a similar effort.
Better classroom instruction ultimately benefits all of us.