National Board Certified Teachers in Oklahoma say if the state eliminates stipends for such teachers, it could discourage others from applying and have a long-term effect on schools. The state legislature is considering a bill that would reinstate $5,000 annual stipends for NBCTs. "It really pushes you to take it to the next step," said NBCT Daniel Buckmaster. "A big portion of the national board is becoming a reflective teacher. You're showing evidence that you're a master teacher."
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