Bill Text: TX HB198 | 2017 | 85th Legislature 1st Special Session | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to a study on an average pay increase for classroom teachers, the creation of certain teacher designations, teacher retention, and a teacher quality allotment under the Foundation School Program.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 44-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-08-11 - Committee report sent to Calendars [HB198 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB198-Comm_Sub.html
  85S12681 MEW-F
 
  By: Clardy, et al. H.B. No. 198
 
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 198:
 
  By:  Huberty C.S.H.B. No. 198
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to a study on an average pay increase for classroom
  teachers, the creation of certain teacher designations, teacher
  retention, and a teacher quality allotment under the Foundation
  School Program.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 21, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 21.010 to read as follows:
         Sec. 21.010.  STUDY ON AVERAGE PAY INCREASE FOR TEACHERS,
  TEACHER DESIGNATIONS, TEACHER RETENTION, AND TEACHER QUALITY
  ALLOTMENT. (a) A committee is established to study and make
  recommendations regarding an average pay increase for classroom
  teachers, the creation of certain teacher designations, teacher
  retention, and a teacher quality allotment under the Foundation
  School Program.
         (b)  The committee is composed of 13 members, consisting of:
               (1)  six members appointed by the lieutenant governor;
               (2)  six members appointed by the speaker of the house
  of representatives; and
               (3)  the commissioner or the commissioner's designee.
         (c)  The appointments made by the lieutenant governor must
  consist of:
               (1)  three members of the senate;
               (2)  a leader of the community;
               (3)  a classroom teacher; and
               (4)  a superintendent of a school district.
         (d)  The appointments made by the speaker of the house of
  representatives must consist of:
               (1)  three members of the house of representatives;
               (2)  a leader of the business community;
               (3)  a classroom teacher; and
               (4)  an elected member of the board of trustees of a
  school district.
         (e)  The lieutenant governor and speaker of the house of
  representatives shall each designate a co-chair from among the
  committee members.
         (f)  The recommendations regarding an average pay increase
  for classroom teachers must include recommendations on:
               (1)  a requirement that school districts and
  open-enrollment charter schools ensure that the average annual pay
  for classroom teachers employed at the district or school is
  either:
                     (A)  at least $1,000 more than the average annual
  pay for classroom teachers employed at that district or school
  during the school year immediately preceding the previous school
  year; or
                     (B)  equal to or greater than $51,000; and
               (2)  exceptions to the requirements described by
  Subdivision (1).
         (g)  The recommendations regarding the creation of teacher
  designations must include recommendations on:
               (1)  the creation of a tiered approach to teacher
  designations that includes designations as an accomplished,
  distinguished, or master teacher;
               (2)  the eligibility criteria, requirements, and
  credentials required for designation as an accomplished,
  distinguished, or master teacher; and
               (3)  methods of finance for a school district,
  open-enrollment charter school, or the state to pay for a classroom
  teacher to pursue a teacher designation.
         (h)  The recommendations regarding teacher retention must
  include recommendations on how to retain quality teachers,
  including mentoring programs.
         (i)  The recommendations regarding a teacher quality
  allotment must include recommendations on creating an allotment
  under the Foundation School Program that provides school districts
  and open-enrollment charter schools funding for classroom teachers
  with teacher designations, including increased funding for
  classroom teachers who are assigned by a school district or
  open-enrollment charter school to a campus at which a majority of
  students are educationally disadvantaged or who are employed by a
  school district or open-enrollment charter school that qualifies as
  rural.
         (j)  Not later than September 1, 2018, the committee shall
  submit to the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the
  house of representatives a report on the results of the study and
  any recommendations for legislative or other action.
         (k)  This section expires January 1, 2019.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect on the 91st day after the last day of the
  legislative session.
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