Responding to Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposed budget - which leaves out funding for nationally certified teachers' supplements - the St. James parish School Board has decided to cover the loss with local funds.
This story by Advocate reporter Ryan Lamy says the vote to continue the $5,000 annual supplement with local funds was unanimous. The vote was largely symbolic, because state law requires local boards to continue the teacher supplement without state funding.
The report does not state whether or not St. James Parish will continue to pay supplements for other nationally certified professionals, such as speech therapists and school psychologists. They are also entitled to a stipend by state law but, unlike the teacher stipend, there is no guarantee in law that they will receive the money.