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Bill Detail: SB20-066

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Title Highly Effective Teachers And Low-performing Schools
Status Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (01/29/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors B. Buentello (D)
L. Saine (R)
Senate Sponsors K. Priola (R)
House Committee
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 01/08/2020
Description


The bill creates the highly effective teacher incentives program
(program) to enable school districts, boards of cooperative services that
operate public schools, and charter schools (local education providers) to
offer salary bonuses to attract highly effective teachers to teach in
elementary, middle, or junior high schools that are implementing priority
improvement or turnaround plans (low-performing schools).
The department of education (department) and the state board of
education (state board) will implement the program by distributing grants
in 2-year cycles. The amount of a grant is based on the number of highly
effective teachers who meet the requirements for receiving salary bonuses
and are employed by local education providers in low-performing
schools. Each local education provider that applies and meets the
requirements for a grant will receive a grant, subject to available
appropriations. A local education provider may use the grant only to pay
nonbase-building salary bonuses to eligible highly effective teachers. A
local education provider that receives a grant and is already paying
incentives to highly effective teachers who teach in low-performing
schools must pay the bonuses funded by the grant money in addition to
the other incentives.
A highly effective teacher must meet specified criteria to receive
the salary bonus. The amount of the salary bonus depends on whether the
teacher was working in a high-performing local education provider and
changed employment to work in a low-performing school or is continuing
to work in a low-performing school and whether the highly effective
teacher works in a low-performing elementary, middle, or junior high
school.
The bill creates the highly effective teacher incentives fund (fund),
which consists of a one-time appropriation of $4 million from the state
education fund. The state board will disburse approximately one-half of
the money in the fund in the first grant cycle and approximately one-half
of the money in a second grant cycle.
By December 15, 2025, the department must submit to the
education committees of the general assembly a report concerning the
implementation and effectiveness of the program.

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