Bill Summary for H 464 (2013-2014)

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Mar 28 2013

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
House Bill 464 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROVIDE SALARY INCREASES FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES.
Intro. by Glazier, Michaux, Lucas, Goodman.

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Declaresthat it is the intent of the General Assembly to move salaries for North Carolina's teachers to the national average by the 2019-20 school year.

Teacher salary schedules 2013-14 fiscal year. Establishes the monthly salary schedules for the 2013-14 fiscal year for certified personnel of local school administrative units (LEAs) who are classified as teachers. The schedule contains 37 steps with each step corresponding to one year of teaching experience.Salaries range from $3,172 forteachers witha class "A" certification and zero years of experience to $5,478 for those with 36+ years of experience, and from $3,553 for teachers that have National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)certification and three years of experience to $6,135 for those with 36+ years of experience. Salaries range from $3,489 for teachers with a class "M" certification and zero years of experienceto $6,026 for those with 36+ years of experience, and from $3,908 forthose who are NBPTS certified with threeyears of experience to $6,749 for those with 36+ years of experience. Provides that teachers employed during the 2012-13 school year who did not work the required number of hours to acquire an additional year of experience do not receive a decrease in salary as otherwise required by the salary schedule. Directs that teachers obtaining a master's degree or receiving NBPTS certification are not to be prohibited from receiving the appropriate increase in salary.

Teacher salary schedules 2014-15 fiscal year. Establishes the monthly salary schedules for the 2014-15 fiscal year for certified personnel of LEAs who are classified as teachers. The schedule contains 38 steps with each step corresponding to one year of teaching experience.Salaries range from $3,267 forteachers witha class "A" certification and zero years of experience to $5,642 for those with 37+ years of experience, and from $3,659 for teachers that have NBPTScertification and three years of experience to $6,319 for those with 36+ years of experience. Salaries range from $3,594 for teachers with a class "M" certification and zero years of experienceto $6,206 for those with 37+ years of experience, and from $4,025 forthose who are NBPTS certified with three years of experience to $6,951 for those with 37+ years of experience.

Specifies the following annual longevity payment rates for teachers: (1) 1.5% of base salary for 10 to 14 years of state service, (2) 2.25% of base salary for 15 to 19 years of state service, (3) 3.25% of base salary for 20 to 24 years of state service, and (4) 4.5% of base salary for 25 or more years of state service. Provides that the longevity payment must be in a lump sumpaid once a year.

Authorizes the following salary supplements: (1) for teachers with certification based on academic preparation at the six-year degree level, $126 in addition to the compensation provided for certified personnel classified as "M" teachersand (2) for teachers with certification based on academic preparation at the doctoral degree level, $253 per month in addition to the compensation provided for certified personnel who are classified as "M" teachers.

Specifies that the first step of the salary schedule for school psychologists for the 2013-14 fiscal yearis equivalent to step 10 on the salary schedule for class "M" teachersand equivalent to step 11 on the salary schedule for class "M" teachers for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Directs that certified psychologists be placed on the salary schedule at an appropriate step based on their years of experience and receive longevity payments based on years of state service in the same manner as teachers. Authorizes the following salary supplements for school psychologists: (1) $126 per month for certified psychologists with certification based on academic preparation at the six-year degree leveland (2) $253 per month for certified psychologists with certification based on academic preparation at the doctoral level.

Specifies that speech pathologists who are certified as speech pathologists at the master's degree level and audiologists who are certified as audiologists at the master's degree level and who are employed in the public schools as speech and language specialists and audiologists must be paid on the school psychologist salary schedule. Authorizes the following salary supplements: (1) $126 per month for speech pathologists and audiologists for certified speech pathologists and audiologists with certification based on academic preparation at the six-year degree leveland (2) $253 per month for speech pathologists and audiologists for certified speech pathologists and audiologists with certification based on academic preparation at the doctoral degree level.

Directs that certified school nurses who are employed in the public schools as nurses be paid on the "M" salary schedule. Specifies that, as used in this section, the term "teacher" also includes instructional support personnel.

School-based administrator salary schedule 2013-14 fiscal year. Directs that the base salary schedule for school-based administrators applies only to principals and assistant principals. Establishes the base salary schedule for the2013-14 fiscal year, commencing July 1, 2013, for principals and assistant principals. Provides that school-based administrators (1) who were employed during the 2012-13 school year, (2)did not work the required number of months to acquire an additional year of experience, and (3) who were employed during the 2013-14 school year in the same classificationdo not receive a decrease in salary as would otherwise be required by the salary schedule. Sets out the salary schedule.

School-based administrator salary schedule 2014-15 fiscal year. Also establishes the base salary schedule for the2014-15 fiscal year, commencing July 1, 2014, for principals and assistant principals. Provides that school-based administrators (1) who were employed during the 2013-14 school year, (2)did not work the required number of months to acquire an additional year of experience, and (3) who were employed during the 2013-14 school year in the same classificationdo not receive a decrease in salary as would otherwise be required by the salary schedule. Sets out the salary schedule.

Provides a schedule for placement of principals and assistant principals on the salary schedule based on number of teachers supervised. Specifies that the number of teachers supervised includes teachers and assistant principals paid from state funds only; it does not include teachers or assistant principals paid from non-state funds or the principal or teacher assistants.

The beginning classification for principals in alternative schools and in cooperative innovative high school programs is the Principal III level. Principals in alternative schools who supervise 33 or more teachers are classified according to the number of teachers supervised.

Directs that a principal be placed on the step on the salary schedule that reflects total number of years of experience as a certificated employee of the public schools and an additional step for every three years of experience as a principal. Specifies that a principal or assistant principal also continue to receive any additional state-funded percentage increases earned for the 1997-98, 1998-99, and 1999-2000 school years for improvement in student performance or maintaining a safe and orderly school.

Directs that principals and assistant principals with certification based on academic preparation at the six-year degree level shall be paid a salary supplement of $126 per month and at the doctoral degree level shall be paid a salary supplement of $253 per month.

Directs that longevity pay for principals and assistant principals must be as provided for state employees under the State Personnel Act.

Specifies that if a principal is reassigned to a higher job classification because the principal is transferred to a school within a local school administrative unit with a larger number of state-allotted teachers, the principal must be placed on the salary schedule as if the principal had served the principal's entire career as a principal at the higher job classification. If a principal is reassigned to a lower job classification because the principal is transferred to a school within a local school administrative unit with a smaller number of state-allotted teachers, the principal must be placed on the salary schedule as if the principal had served the principal's entire career as a principal at the lower job classification. Applies to all transfers on or after the effective date of this sectionexcept transfers in school systems created by merging two or more school systems. Transfers in these merged systems are exempt from the provisions of this subsection for one calendar year following the date of the merger.

Directs that participants in an approved full-time master's in school administration program receive up to a 10-month stipend at the beginning salary of an assistant principal during the internship period of the master's program. Specifies that for the 2006-07 fiscal year and subsequent fiscal years, the stipend may not exceed the difference between the beginning salary of an assistant principal plus the cost of tuition, fees, and books and any fellowship funds received by the intern as a full-time student, including awards of the Principal Fellows Program. The Principal Fellows Program or the school of education where the intern participates in a full-time master's in school administration program must supply the DPI with certification of eligible full-time interns.

During the 2013-15 fiscal biennium, the placement on the salary schedule of an administrator with a one-year provisional assistant principal's certificate must be at the entry-level salary for an assistant principal or the appropriate step on the teacher salary schedule, whichever is higher.

Provides the monthly salary range for assistant superintendents, associate superintendents, directors/coordinators, supervisors, and finance officers forthe 2013-14 fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2013, and the 2014-15 fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2014. Directs the local board of education to determine the appropriate category and placement for each assistant superintendent, associate superintendent, director/coordinator, supervisor, or finance officer within the salary ranges and within funds appropriated by the General Assembly. The category in which an employee is placed must be included in the contract of any employee.

Also provides the monthly salary ranges for superintendents employed by LEAs for the 2013-14 fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2013, and the 2014-15 fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2014. Directs the local board of education to determine the appropriate category and placement for the superintendent based on the average daily membership of the local school administrative unit and within funds appropriated by the General Assembly.

Directs that longevity pay for superintendents, assistant superintendents, associate superintendents, directors/coordinators, supervisors, and finance officers must be as provided for state employees under the State Personnel Act.

Directs that superintendents, assistant superintendents, associate superintendents, directors/coordinators, supervisors, and finance officers with certification based on academic preparation at the six-year degree level receive a salary supplement of $126 per month. Directs that superintendents, assistant superintendents, associate superintendents, directors/coordinators, supervisors, and finance officers with certification based on academic preparation at the doctoral degree level receive a salary supplement of $253 per month.

Prohibits the State Board of Education from permittingLEAs to transfer state funds from other funding categories for salaries for public school central office administrators.

Provides for a salary increase of 3% beginning July 1, 2013, and an additional 3% beginning July 1, 2014, for all permanent full-time personnel paid from the Central Office Allotment. Directs the State Board of Education (SBE) to allocate these funds to LEAs and directs local boards of education to establish guidelines for providing salary increases to these personnel.

Additionally provides for a 3% salary increase for permanent, full-time noncertified employees of LEAs whose salaries are supported from the state's General Fund beginning July 1, 2013, and by an additional 3% beginning July 1, 2014. Directs local boards of education to provide annual salary increases of 3% for fiscal years 2013-14and 2014-15 for employees who were employed for all or part of those fiscal years and who continue their employment for the following fiscal year. Provides that the pay increase be pro rata for part-time employees, based on the number of hours worked. Authorizes the SBE to adopt salary ranges for noncertified personnel to support increases of 3% for the 2013-14 fiscal year and again in the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Requires that funds in the Reserve for Compensation Increases be used to increase annual salaries by 3% for the 2013-14 fiscal year and by an additional 3% for the 2014-15 fiscal year for employees of schools operated by DPI, DHHS, and the Department of Public Safety who are paid on the Teacher Salary Schedule or the School-Based Administrator Salary Schedule.

Appropriates $214,793,331 from the General Fund to the Reserve for Compensation Increases for the 2013-14 fiscal yearand $436,030,461 for the 2014-15 fiscal year to implement the provisions of this act

This act is effective July 1, 2013.

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