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NC Leads Nation In Nationally Certified Teachers

The News & Observer

North Carolina's public school classrooms continue to lead the nation with the most teachers certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, according to results released Tuesday.

The state now has 20,122 National Board-certified teachers, accounting for almost 19 percent of the country's total. Statewide, 21 percent of public-school teachers have this certification, which is considered the highest credential in the teaching profession.

The new figures came out the same day that the N.C. Association of Educators filed a lawsuit in Wake County Superior Court against the General Assembly's decision this year to phase out tenure for teachers. In addition to eliminating tenure, state legislators also voted to to begin eliminating extra pay for new teachers who receive advanced degrees.

But legislators left in place the 12 percent salary supplement that the state pays National Board-certified teachers. The process to achieve certification is rigorous and voluntary.

Wake County is the top district in the nation, with 2,365 National Board-certified teachers. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system is fourth with 1,927.

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