Bill Text For SB0015 - Senate Floor Version

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 3|SENATE BILL NO. 15                   By: Bice and Loveless             |
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 5|       [ teachers - teacher recruitment programs - Oklahoma            |
  |       Teacher Recruitment Revolving Fund codification -               |
 6|       effective date -       emergency ]                              |
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 9|BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:                  |
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10|    SECTION 1.     NEW LAW     A new section of law to be codified     |
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11|in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 6-131 of Title 70, unless there    |
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12|is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:               |
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13|    Subject to the availability of funds, the State Department of      |
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14|Education and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education,         |
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15|working in cooperation, shall:                                         |
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16|    1.  Develop and implement programs to identify talented students   |
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17|and recruit those students and other persons into the teaching         |
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18|profession.  Persons targeted for recruitment may include, but are     |
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19|not limited to, high school and undergraduate students, mid-career     |
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20|and retired professionals, honorably discharged and retired military   |
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21|personnel and members of underrepresented gender and ethnic groups;    |
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22|    2.  Develop and distribute materials that emphasize the            |
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23|importance of the teaching profession and inform individuals about     |
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24|state-funded loan forgiveness and tuition assistance programs;         |
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 1|    3.  Give priority to developing and implementing recruitment       |
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 2|programs to address the areas of teacher shortage identified and the   |
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 3|recommendations made in the educator supply-and-demand study as        |
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 4|required by Section 6-211 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  The   |
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 5|Department may use discretionary funds to carry out the provisions     |
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 6|of this paragraph;                                                     |
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 7|    4.  Encourage cooperation between the business community and       |
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 8|school districts to develop recruitment programs designed to attract   |
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 9|and retain capable teachers, including programs to provide summer      |
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10|employment opportunities for teachers; and                             |
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11|    5.  Encourage major education associations to cooperate in         |
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12|developing a long-range program promoting teaching as a prestigious,   |
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13|respected and desirable career and to assist in identifying local      |
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14|activities and resources that may be used to promote the teaching      |
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15|profession.                                                            |
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16|    SECTION 2.     NEW LAW     A new section of law to be codified     |
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17|in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 6-132 of Title 70, unless there    |
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18|is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:               |
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19|    A.  Twenty Dollars ($20.00) of the fee authorized by Section 1     |
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20|of Enrolled Senate Bill No. 14 of the 1st Session of the 56th          |
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21|Oklahoma Legislature, for Oklahoma License to Educate license plates   |
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22|shall be deposited to the Oklahoma Teacher Recruitment Revolving       |
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23|Fund created in subsection B of this section.                          |
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 1|    B.  There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving      |
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 2|fund for the State Department of Education to be designated the        |
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 3|"Oklahoma Teacher Recruitment Revolving Fund".  The fund shall be a    |
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 4|continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall     |
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 5|consist of all monies received by the State Department of Education    |
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 6|pursuant to the provisions of subsection A of this section and any     |
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 7|donations, grants and gifts from any public or private source.  All    |
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 8|monies accruing to the credit of the fund are hereby appropriated      |
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 9|and may be budgeted and expended by the State Department of            |
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10|Education for the purpose of operating teacher recruitment programs.   |
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11| Expenditures from the fund shall be made upon warrants issued by      |
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12|the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with     |
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13|the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services for   |
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14|approval and payment.                                                  |
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15|    SECTION 3.  This act shall become effective July 1, 2017.          |
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16|    SECTION 4.  It being immediately necessary for the preservation    |
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17|of the public peace, health or safety, an emergency is hereby          |
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18|declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and    |
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19|be in full force from and after its passage and approval.              |
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20|COMMITTEE REPORT BY: COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS                       |
  |February 15, 2017 - DO PASS AS AMENDED                                 |
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