AN ACT TO ENACT THE EXCELLENCE IN SCHOOL LEADERSHIP ACT.
Enacts the Excellence in School Leadership Act, as the title indicates. Provides a series of "whereas" clauses setting out the policy reasons supporting this act, which include the importance of a school principal in ensuring the effectiveness of all teachers in a school and the academic success of students.
Appropriates $6 million for the 2015-16 fiscal year and $6 million for the 2016-17 fiscal year from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to be used to increase pay under the school-based administrator salary schedule by 3% effective July 1, 2015. States that the increase in the school-based administrator salary schedule will provide an incentive for entry into the profession, retention, and continuous professional growth.
Additionally appropriates from the General Fund to DPI the sum of $2 million for fiscal year 2015-16 and $2 million for the 2016-17 fiscal year to provide principals of schools that exceed annual growth expectations for student achievement, as measured by the Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) with a annual bonus of $2,000.
Directs the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee (Committee) to conduct a comprehensive study on excellence in school leadership and report the results of the study to the General Assembly before December 31, 2015. Tasks the Committee with developing comprehensive strategies to be implemented in the 2016-17 that will attract, prepare, induct, develop, support, and reward principals and assistant principals. Provides a list of suggested strategies but does not limit strategies to those provided in this list.
Makes this act effective July 1, 2015.
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