Bill Text: TX HB218 | 2017 | 85th Legislature 1st Special Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the salary paid to certain professional employees of public schools.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-07-20 - Referred to Appropriations [HB218 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB218-Introduced.html
  85S10204 MM-D
 
  By: Martinez H.B. No. 218
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the salary paid to certain professional employees of
  public schools.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 21.402(a), Education Code, as effective
  September 1, 2017, is amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (e-1) or (f), a school
  district must pay each classroom teacher, full-time librarian,
  full-time school counselor certified under Subchapter B, or
  full-time school nurse not less than the minimum monthly salary[,
  based on the employee's level of experience in addition to other
  factors, as determined by commissioner rule,] determined as
  provided by Subsection (b) [the following formula:
  [MS = SF x FS
  [where:
         ["MS" is the minimum monthly salary;
         ["SF" is the applicable salary factor specified by Subsection
  (c); and
         ["FS" is the amount, as determined by the commissioner under
  Subsection (b), of the basic allotment as provided by Section
  42.101(a) or (b) for a school district with a maintenance and
  operations tax rate at least equal to the state maximum compressed
  tax rate, as defined by Section 42.101(a)].
         SECTION 2.  Sections 21.402(b), (c-1), and (e-1), Education
  Code, are amended to read as follows:
         (b)  The commissioner shall adopt rules to establish a method
  for annually setting a salary schedule for classroom teachers,
  full-time librarians, full-time school counselors certified under
  Subchapter B, and full-time school nurses based on the employee's
  level of experience.  The commissioner's method must provide a
  salary level for each year of experience from 0 years through 20
  years.  The commissioner shall ensure that the salary schedule is
  consistent with the national average salary, based on experience,
  for those employees as determined by statistics gathered by the
  National Center for Education Statistics or a similar independent
  education-oriented institution.  Not later than June 1 of each
  year, the commissioner shall determine, based on the salary
  schedule, the minimum monthly salary for each classroom teacher,
  full-time librarian, full-time school counselor certified under
  Subchapter B, and full-time school nurse for the following school
  year [the basic allotment and resulting monthly salaries to be paid
  by school districts as provided by Subsection (a)].
         (c-1)  Notwithstanding Subsections (a) and (b), each school
  district shall pay a monthly salary to each classroom teacher,
  full-time speech pathologist, full-time librarian, full-time
  school counselor certified under Subchapter B, and full-time school
  nurse that is at least equal to the following monthly salary or the
  monthly salary determined by the commissioner under Subsection
  [Subsections (a) and] (b), whichever is greater:
 
Years of Monthly
 
Experience Salary
 
0 2,732
 
1 2,791
 
2 2,849
 
3 2,908
 
4 3,032
 
5 3,156
 
6 3,280
 
7 3,395
 
8 3,504
 
9 3,607
 
10 3,704
 
11 3,796
 
12 3,884
 
13 3,965
 
14 4,043
 
15 4,116
 
16 4,186
 
17 4,251
 
18 4,313
 
19 4,372
 
20 & Over 4,427
         (e-1)  If the minimum monthly salary determined under
  Subsection (b) [(a)] for a particular level of experience is less
  than the minimum monthly salary for that level of experience in the
  preceding year, the minimum monthly salary is the minimum monthly
  salary for the preceding year.
         SECTION 3.  Subchapter E, Chapter 42, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 42.2520 to read as follows:
         Sec. 42.2520.  ADDITIONAL STATE AID OR CREDIT AGAINST COST
  OF ATTENDANCE CREDITS FOR PROFESSIONAL STAFF SALARIES. (a) For
  each school year, a school district, including a school district
  that is otherwise ineligible for state aid under this chapter, is
  entitled to state aid in an amount, as determined by the
  commissioner, equal to the difference between the district's salary
  cost under Section 21.402, as amended by __.B. ___, Acts of the 85th
  Legislature, 1st Called Session, 2017, for all classroom teachers,
  full-time librarians, full-time school counselors certified under
  Subchapter B, Chapter 21, and full-time school nurses employed by
  the district and an amount equal to what the district's salary costs
  would have been for that school year under Section 21.402, as it
  existed before amendment by __.B. ___, Acts of the 85th
  Legislature, 1st Called Session, 2017.
         (b)  A school district that is required to take action under
  Chapter 41 to reduce its wealth per student to the equalized wealth
  level is entitled to a credit, in the amount of state aid to which
  the district is entitled under this section, against the total
  amount required under Section 41.093 for the district to purchase
  attendance credits.
         (c)  A determination by the commissioner under this section
  is final and may not be appealed.
         (d)  The commissioner may adopt rules to implement this
  section.
         SECTION 4.  Section 21.402(c), Education Code, is repealed.
         SECTION 5.  Not later than March 1, 2018, the commissioner of
  education shall adopt rules to establish a method for annually
  setting a salary schedule as provided by Section 21.402(b),
  Education Code, as amended by this Act.
         SECTION 6.  This Act applies beginning with the 2018-2019
  school year.
         SECTION 7.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017, 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 effect on that
  date, this Act takes effect on the 91st day after the last day of the
  legislative session.
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