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December 19, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Education budget crunch

What help?

As a teacher hired in 2006, I will be going through the National Boards Certification process. You stated that “Seattle offers assistance for its teachers as well.” As a Seattle teacher, I’m curious about that statement [“National Board Certification = Quality Teachers,” editorial, Dec. 15].

We were informed that Seattle Public Schools offers one planning day for its teachers going through the board process. No videographer, no upfront payment for teachers (like Bellevue does), and if you want a support group — lucky for the UW [University of Washington]. Since they partnered with Seattle Public Schools, UW gets our $500 for being a part of a cohort.

With the state budget crisis, teachers’ cost of living allowance is threatened. We were told that there was only one more year guaranteed for the $5,000 bonuses. After that, the state couldn’t promise anything.

Being a new teacher who started a career with over than $30,000 in school loans from my master’s degree and special-education endorsement, I’m wondering, since my district won’t help me with the costs, and it looks like the state won’t be in any shape to help over the next few years, if The Seattle Times would help us teachers out?

Since they think its such a good idea.

— Kate Napolitan, Seattle

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