Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has stopped spending $600,000 annually on financial support for those seeking National Board Certification, saying that too few teachers were earning the certification to justify the expense. Educators and others say that National Board Certification improves teaching, and NBCTs have been shown to improve student test scores. Rhee said that if the district's budget situation improves, she would consider returning the funding. As part of teachers' contracts, NBCTs will continue to earn a $4,000 pay stipend.

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