Federal funding for National Board is quite different from other congressionally directed spending that may only benefit a specific state, district or region and change year-to-year. In contrast, our program is an authorized nationally-structured programs with many years of bipartisan support and that benefits millions of students and families in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In short, we are not what is envisioned as the typical congressionally directed spending item that has invoked the public’s demand for earmark reform.
Elimination of this federal funding for National Board would decrease the ability of over 20,000 teachers annually to seek National Board Certification, and impede the participation of over 91,000 National Board Certified Teachers in school reform efforts. National Board has historically used the majority of its federal funds to directly and financially support teachers seeking to improve their teaching practice and skills through each year through National Board Certification nationwide, particularly in high need areas. Elimination would also reduce the ability of National Board Certified Teachers to engage in teacher mentoring and leadership programs.
Thank you for your past support and consideration, and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.