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  • Summary date: Apr 17 2019 - View Summary

    Contains whereas clauses.

    Directs the Department of Public Instruction (Department) to contract for a detailed study on the feasibility and advisability of extending certain teacher contracts from 10 to 11 months in order to provide teachers with more opportunities for professional development and improve student achievement. Sets out the categories of teachers to which the extended-year contracts would be available, as: (1) teachers with an initial professional license, (2) master teachers, (3) teachers assigned to schools identified as low-performing, and (4) certain teachers holding a current professional license.

    Directs the Department to issue an RFP and select a consultant for the study. Details the information that the RFP must require of the proposals, including (1) the composition of the team of persons that will perform the study, (2) the criteria for selecting and employing a third-party person to work alongside the study team, and (3) a description of the report that will be submitted at the conclusion of the study. Requires the Department to issue an RFP for the study by September 15, 2019, and for proposals to be submitted by October 15, 2019. Directs the Department to select a contractor to perform the study by December 15, 2019. Requires the selected consultant to report the study's results to the State Board and the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by April 15, 2020.

    Appropriates $100,000 in nonrecurring funds from the General Fund to the Department for the 2019-20 fiscal year to be awarded to the consultant selected by the Department for the expenses associated with the study.

    Effective July 1, 2019.