Bill Text: TX HB357 | 2017 | 85th Legislature 1st Special Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to requiring a school district to give notice to new classroom teachers of the ability to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-07-31 - Referred to Government Transparency & Operation [HB357 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB357-Introduced.html
  85S11896 AAF-F
 
  By: Hinojosa H.B. No. 357
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to requiring a school district to give notice to new
  classroom teachers of the ability to participate in the Public
  Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subtitle A, Title 6, Government Code, is amended
  by adding Chapter 620 to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 620. NOTICE TO CLASSROOM TEACHERS OF PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN
  FORGIVENESS PROGRAM
         Sec. 620.001.  DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
               (1)  "Classroom teacher" has the meaning assigned by
  Section 5.001, Education Code.
               (2)  "School district" has the meaning assigned by
  Section 21.201, Education Code.
         Sec. 620.002.  NOTICE TO CLASSROOM TEACHERS OF PUBLIC
  SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM. Not later than the 30th day after
  the date on which a classroom teacher begins employment with a
  school district, the school district shall provide written notice
  to the classroom teacher of the ability of eligible classroom
  teachers of the school district to participate in the Public
  Service Loan Forgiveness Program administered by the United States
  Department of Education.  A school district may deliver a written
  notice under this section to a classroom teacher by hand delivery,
  mail, e-mail, or other form of electronic communication commonly
  used by the school district to communicate with classroom teachers.
         SECTION 2.  (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b) of this
  section, Chapter 620, Government Code, as added by this Act,
  applies to a classroom teacher who begins employment on or after the
  effective date of this Act.
         (b)  A school district shall provide the written notice
  described by Section 620.002, Government Code, as added by this
  Act, to a classroom teacher employed by the school district on the
  effective date of this Act not later than December 11, 2017.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect December 1, 2017.
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