A fund worth more than $20 million for National Board Certified Teachers' bonuses in Oklahoma -- where 5.7% of teachers have earned the certification -- is underfunded by almost $5 million. However, educators and the state superintendent say that lawmakers should fully fund the program because it improves teaching and learning. "The benefits are immediate; National Board forces teachers to stop and reflect on what they've done," said one teacher who earned National Board Certification in 1999. "I know for a fact these last 10 years have been the most productive and positive of my career."
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