Bill Text: TX SB3 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to additional funding to school districts for classroom teacher salaries.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 15-8)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-25 - Scheduled for public hearing on . . . [SB3 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SB3-Introduced.html
  86R7744 MEW-F
 
  By: Nelson S.B. No. 3
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to additional funding to school districts for classroom
  teacher salaries.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter I, Chapter 21, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 21.4023 to read as follows:
         Sec. 21.4023.  CLASSROOM TEACHER SALARY ALLOTMENT. (a)
  Every full-time classroom teacher is entitled to an annual salary
  allotment in the amount of $5,000.
         (b)  A salary allotment a teacher receives under this section
  is not considered in determining whether the district is paying the
  teacher the minimum monthly salary under Section 21.402.
         (b-1)  Notwithstanding Section 21.402, for the 2019-2020
  school year, every full-time classroom teacher is entitled to a
  monthly salary that is at least equal to the sum of:
               (1)  the monthly salary the teacher would have received
  for the 2019-2020 school year under the district's salary schedule
  for the 2018-2019 school year, if that schedule had been in effect
  for the 2019-2020 school year, including any local supplement and
  any money representing any other supplement the teacher would have
  received in the 2019-2020 school year; and
               (2)  $500.
         (b-2)  Subsection (b-1) and this subsection expire September
  1, 2020.
         (c)  A school district may provide a merit salary increase to
  a full-time classroom teacher in addition to the salary allotment
  to which the teacher is entitled under this section.
         (d)  A school district shall provide written notice to each
  full-time classroom teacher that the salary allotment to which the
  teacher is entitled under this section is provided by the state.
         (e)  The commissioner may adopt rules as necessary to
  implement this section.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter E, Chapter 42, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 42.25131 to read as follows:
         Sec. 42.25131.  ADDITIONAL STATE AID OR CREDIT AGAINST COST
  OF ATTENDANCE CREDITS FOR CLASSROOM TEACHER SALARY ALLOTMENT. (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 equal to the product
  of $5,000 multiplied by the number of full-time classroom teachers
  employed by the district.
         (b)  A school district shall use the amount received under
  this section to provide the salary allotments for full-time
  classroom teachers required under Section 21.4023.
         (c)  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.
         (d)  The commissioner may adopt rules to implement this
  section.
         SECTION 3.  This Act applies beginning with the 2019-2020
  school year.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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