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Teachers could lose pay supplements

(WLBT) - Mississippi's budget crisis could result in some top teachers losing pay supplements.

More than 200 Rankin County teachers and about 40 in Hinds County could lose their $6,000 annual national board certification stipend in the 2011 budget. The supplement is based on state funding, but Mississippi's revenue collections are millions of dollars below projections.

Last week, Rankin County schools superintendent Lynn Weathersby sent teachers a letter explaining that the district's ability to pay the supplement is based on state funding. Rankin County has the most national board certified teachers in the state.

It would cost one point $4 million to pay the supplement in Rankin County and more than $240,000 for Hinds County teachers. Governor Haley Barbour has cut more than $206,000 million from Mississippi schools.

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