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For Immediate Release
May 27, 2005

Illinois State Board of Education announces available financial support for candidates of National Board of Professional Teaching Standards

Applications due June 20, 2005

Springfield, Ill. –The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has announced that it will pay $2,000 of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) candidate application fee for qualifying Illinois public school teachers seeking National Board certification in 2005-2006. The Board anticipates that it will be able to assist at least 325 teachers during the June 2005 application period. All interested teachers are asked to apply. Priority will be given to teachers who meet the established criteria and have filed the completed ISBE application (ISBE 77-32) with ISBE on or before Monday, June 20, 2005.

The application and instructions are available at Awards will be announced by Thursday, June 23.

For more information about the NBPTS application process, contact an Illinois NBCT Coordinator. Names and contact information are available at

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777