AN ACT TO PROVIDE EDUCATION-BASED SALARY SUPPLEMENTS FOR CERTAIN SCHOOL EMPLOYEES.
Repeals Section 8.22 of SL 2013-360, as amended, which phased out specified teacher salary supplements.
Specifies that only the following teachers and instructional support personnel will be paid on the "M" salary schedule or receive a salary supplement for academic preparation at the six‑year degree level or at the doctoral degree level for the 2015‑16 and subsequent school years: (1) certified school nurses and instructional support personnel in positions for which a master's degree is required for licensure; (2) teachers and instructional support personnel who were paid on that salary schedule or received that salary supplement before the 2014‑15 school year; (3) teachers and instructional support personnel who complete a degree at the master's, six‑year, or doctoral degree level for which they completed at least one course prior to August 1, 2013, and would have qualified for the salary supplement pursuant to State Board of Education policy, TCP‑A‑006, as it was in effect on June 30, 2013; and (4) teachers and instructional support personnel who do not qualify under subdivisions (1), (2), and (3) of this section but who spend at least 70% of their work time in either classroom instruction related to their graduate academic preparation in their field or subject area within their area of licensure or work within the employee's area of graduate academic preparation.
Requires, beginning with the 2015‑16 fiscal year and subsequent fiscal years, for teachers who are paid on the "M" salary schedule under subdivision (4) above, annual determination of whether teachers and instructional support personnel will be paid on the "M" salary schedule or receive a salary supplement for academic preparation. Allows teachers and instructional support personnel to be moved off of the "M" salary schedule or discontinue receiving salary supplements if they are not meeting the specified requirements.
Provides that unless an individual otherwise qualifies under subdivision (2) or (3) above, teachers and instructional support personnel who earn an advanced degree in school administration must not be paid on the "M" salary schedule or receive a salary supplement for academic preparation unless they serve as an assistant principal or principal.
Effective July 1, 2015.
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