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Number Of Certified Teachers Rise

The number of nationally certified public schoolteachers in California is expected to jump sharply this year, thanks in part to bonuses the state gives those who earn the honor.

State officials say more than 500 state public school teachers are expected to be certified by the nonprofit National Board for Professional Teaching Standards this year. That will push the total number of nationally certified public school teachers in the state to roughly 12 hundred out of 300 thousand California public school teachers.

Public school teachers must have a state credential to teach in California. A national credential is not required, but is considered prestigious. Officials will announce Tuesday which teachers earned certification this year.