AN ACT TO REINSTATE EDUCATION-BASED SALARY SUPPLEMENTS FOR CERTAIN TEACHERS.
Repeals Section 8.22 of SL 2013-360 and Section 8.3 of SL 2014-100, regarding the phase out of certain advanced-degree-based salary supplements for teachers and instructional support personnel.
Specifies certain teachers and instructional support personnel eligible to 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 2019-20 school year and subsequent school years. Includes: (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 the schedule or received the salary supplement prior to the 2014-15 school year; (3) teachers and instructional support personnel who complete a degree at the specified 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 who do not otherwise qualify under the act but spend at least 70% of their work time in classroom instruction related to their graduate field or subject area of licensure with remaining time spent on mentoring teachers, performing demonstration lessons, writing curricula, and/or developing and leading staff development programs.
Requires an annual determination beginning with the 2019-20 fiscal year as to whether a teacher who is paid on the M salary schedule under the fourth category, described above, should be paid on the M salary schedule or receive a salary supplement. Permits removal or discontinuance if the requirements of the fourth category for eligibility are not being met.
Specifically prohibits teachers and instructional support personnel who earn an advanced degree in school administration from being paid on the "M" salary schedule or receiving a salary supplement for academic preparation unless the individual qualifies under specified provisions of the act.
Effective July 1, 2019.
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