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Bill Detail: SB20-089

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Title Educator Pay Raise Fund
Status Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole (03/13/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Senate Sponsors L. Garcia (D)
J. Danielson (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 01/13/2020
Description

The bill creates the educator pay raise program (program) to
provide funding to school districts and charter schools to assist them in
increasing their minimum teacher salaries to the district required
minimum teacher salary amount specified in the bill and the minimum
hourly wage paid to other employees to the district required minimum

hourly wage amount specified in the bill. A school district or charter
school that seeks to participate in the program must submit an application
to the department of education (department) that meets the requirements
specified in the bill. A school district or charter school may choose to
participate to increase minimum teacher salaries or the minimum hourly
wage, or both. The department shall review the applications and
recommend to the state board of education (state board) those applicants
that should be selected to participate in the program. In selecting program
participants, the department and the state board must prioritize those
applicants that demonstrate the greatest financial need. The bill specifies
criteria to apply in determining the prioritization. As a condition of
participating in the program, each participant seeking to increase teacher
salaries must increase its minimum teacher salary to the district required
minimum teacher salary amount and each participant seeking to increase
the hourly wage must increase its minimum hourly wage to the district
required minimum hourly wage amount. In the first year in which a
school district or charter school participates, the amount required for the
increases is paid through the program. In the second and subsequent years
of participation, each program participant is required to contribute an
increasing amount of matching money while the amount that the program
participant receives is decreased over time. The department determines
the amount of matching money and the amount that a program participant
receives based on schedules for increasing teacher salaries and schedules
for increasing the hourly wage adopted by rule of the state board. A
program participant may continue participating in the program so long as
the participant meets the matching money requirement and continues to
qualify for the program. A program participant no longer qualifies for the
program when the department determines that the participant has
sufficient resources to pay the district required minimum teacher salary
amount or the district required minimum hourly wage amount or both, as
applicable, without assistance.
The bill creates the educator pay raise fund (fund), which consists
of the greater of 10% or $15 million of the gross income annually earned
on the public school lands and any other money that the general assembly
may appropriate or transfer to the fund.
Beginning in the 2022 regular legislative session, the department
shall include in its annual report to the joint education committee
information concerning implementation of the program.

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