Rebecca Mieliwocki, the 2012 National Teacher of the Year, said funding is an issue facing public school students and teachers, CBS News reports. “We don’t necessarily have the funding to keep up with all the things we need to do to give children a 21st-century education,” Mieliwocki said April 23 on “CBS This Morning.” “In my state of California, funding has been cut to such a degree it’s a real challenge to stay strong. That’s what we need to work on.” Mieliwocki, a seventh-grade English teacher from Burbank, Calif., will be honored by President Barack Obama at the White House April 24. When asked how teachers should be rewarded, Mieliwocki said it might not be with higher pay. “No teacher goes into teaching for the money. I think that’s obvious. That’s not why we’re there,” she said. “But one of the things you could do for me is if I’m a master teacher, if I have incredible skills, put me in a position of leadership, put me in a place where I can impact other teachers and help train them and help guide them to the same kinds of successes I’m experiencing.”

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