Bill Text For HB1360 - Engrossed

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  |BILL NO. 1360                        By: Hasenbeck, Boles and Lawson   |
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 8|       [ teachers - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act -                |
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 9|         modifying purpose of the Education Leadership                 |
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10|         Oklahoma program - modifying expenditures from the            |
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11|         Education Leadership Oklahoma Revolving Fund -                |
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12|         effective date ]                                              |
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16|BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:                  |
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17|    SECTION 1.     AMENDATORY     70 O.S. 2011, Section 6-204.2, as    |
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18|last amended by Section 2, Chapter 394, O.S.L. 2013 (70 O.S. Supp.     |
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19|2018, Section 6-204.2), is amended to read as follows:                 |
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20|    Section 6-204.2  A.  The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher           |
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21|Preparation and the State Board of Education are authorized to         |
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22|establish the Education Leadership Oklahoma program.                   |
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23|    B.  The purposes of the Education Leadership Oklahoma program      |
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24|are to:                                                                |
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 1|    1.  Provide teachers throughout the state information about        |
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 2|National Board certification and the Education Leadership Oklahoma     |
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 3|program services;                                                      |
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 4|    2.  Provide technical assistance and National-Board-certified      |
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 5|mentors to all teachers seeking National Board certification upon      |
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 6|request;                                                               |
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 7|    3.  Reward teachers who are seeking National Board certification   |
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 8|by awarding them a portion of the application processing charge and    |
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 9|assessment fee and scholarship as provided in subsection D of this     |
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10|section; and                                                           |
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11|    4.  Reward teachers who are renewing their National Board          |
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12|certification by awarding them a portion of the renewal application    |
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13|fee as provided in subsection E of this section; and                   |
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14|    5.  Provide recognition to National-Board-certified teachers.      |
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15|    C.  To fulfill the objectives of the Education Leadership          |
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16|Oklahoma Act, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall:   |
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17|    1.  Inform teachers of the Education Leadership Oklahoma program   |
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18|and services it provides to teachers seeking National Board            |
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19|certification, emphasizing recruiting efforts toward teachers at       |
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20|high-poverty schools, schools identified as in need of improvement     |
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21|and in counties with the lowest percentage of teachers who have        |
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22|achieved National Board certification; and                             |
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 1|    2.  Ensure that all teachers seeking National Board                |
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 2|certification receive adequate information regarding the level of      |
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 3|commitment required to acquire National Board certification.           |
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 4|    D.  The Commission shall select not more than one hundred          |
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 5|applicants to participate in the program each fiscal year for whom     |
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 6|the Commission shall pay one-half (1/2) of the application             |
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 7|processing charge and assessment fee for National Board                |
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 8|certification.  The total amount paid by the Commission shall not      |
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 9|exceed One Thousand Three Hundred Dollars ($1,300.00).  In addition    |
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10|the Commission shall also provide to the selected applicants a         |
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11|scholarship in the amount of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) to cover   |
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12|other expenses associated with obtaining National Board                |
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13|certification.                                                         |
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14|    E.  The Commission shall select not more than three hundred        |
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15|applicants to participate in the renewal program each fiscal year      |
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16|for whom the Commission shall pay a portion of the fee for National    |
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17|Board certification renewal.  The total amount paid by the             |
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18|Commission shall not exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) per       |
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19|applicant.                                                             |
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20|    F.  The Commission shall promulgate rules establishing a process   |
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21|for accepting applications for the Education Leadership Oklahoma       |
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22|program and for providing to applicants selected for the program       |
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23|up-front payment of the application processing charge and assessment   |
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24|fee and scholarship.  If a selected applicant who receives the         |
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 1|up-front payment does not complete National Board certification        |
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 2|within three (3) years, the applicant shall repay the Commission the   |
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 3|full amount paid by the Commission pursuant to subsection D of this    |
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 4|section.  All selected applicants who do not receive an up-front       |
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 5|payment and successfully complete National Board certification shall   |
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 6|be reimbursed by the Commission for the application processing         |
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 7|charge and assessment fee.  The total amount of reimbursement paid     |
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 8|by the Commission shall not exceed One Thousand Three Hundred          |
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 9|Dollars ($1,300.00).                                                   |
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10|    F. G.  It is the intent of the Legislature that the Oklahoma       |
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11|Commission for Teacher Preparation contract with Southeastern          |
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12|Oklahoma State University to establish Education Leadership Oklahoma   |
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13|program training in higher education teacher preparation programs in   |
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14|the state to assist teachers in meeting the requirements to obtain     |
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15|National Board certification.                                          |
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16|    G. H.  All teachers seeking National Board certification shall     |
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17|be eligible to participate in Education Leadership Oklahoma program    |
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18|training to assist them in meeting the requirements of the National    |
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19|Board certification process, free of charge.                           |
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20|    H. I.  Subject to district board of education policy or            |
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21|collective bargaining agreement, additional professional leave days    |
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22|may be granted to teachers seeking National Board certification for    |
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23|National Board certification portfolio development.  During the two    |
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24|(2) days of the additional professional days granted to teachers for   |
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 1|National Board certification portfolio development, a substitute       |
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 2|teacher shall be provided by the school district at no cost to the     |
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 3|teacher.                                                               |
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 4|    I. J.  1.  The State Board of Education shall provide to           |
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 5|teachers who attained National Board certification prior to June 30,   |
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 6|2013, a bonus in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00)       |
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 7|annually over a ten-year period, to be paid no later than January 31   |
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 8|each year.  The Board shall provide a bonus to any teacher who         |
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 9|attains National Board certification after June 30, 2013, if the       |
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10|teacher was selected for the Education Leadership Oklahoma program     |
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11|before June 30, 2013, or the teacher has submitted an application      |
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12|for National Board certification to the National Board for             |
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13|Professional Teaching Standards before June 30, 2013.                  |
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14|    2.  The teachers eligible to receive the annual bonus as           |
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15|provided for in paragraph 1 of this subsection shall receive the       |
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16|annual bonus for the ten-year duration of their National Board         |
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17|certification and so long as they are teaching in the classroom        |
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18|full-time in an Oklahoma public school.  No school or school           |
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19|district shall be liable for payment of bonuses pursuant to this       |
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20|section.                                                               |
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21|    3.  The bonus shall not be included in the calculation of the      |
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22|teacher's salary for purposes of meeting the district or statutory     |
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23|minimum salary schedule or for purposes of compensating Oklahoma       |
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24|Teachers' Retirement System contributions or benefits.                 |
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 1|    4.  Teachers eligible to receive the annual bonus as provided      |
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 2|for in paragraph 1 of this subsection shall not be eligible to         |
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 3|receive the additional salary increment for National Board             |
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 4|certification as set forth in the minimum salary schedule in Section   |
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 5|3 18-114.14 of this act title.                                         |
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 6|    5.  Teachers who attain National Board certification after June    |
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 7|30, 2013, shall be eligible to receive the additional salary           |
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 8|increments for National Board certification as set forth in the        |
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 9|minimum salary schedule in Section 3 18-114.14 of this act title.      |
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10|    6.  The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules for a      |
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11|process by which a National-Board-certified teacher will verify        |
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12|that:                                                                  |
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13|         a.    the National Board certification has not lapsed,        |
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14|         b.    the teacher is still a full-time teacher, and           |
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15|         c.    for teachers eligible for the bonus, the teacher has    |
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16|              not exceeded the limit of annual bonus payments as       |
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17|              provided for in paragraph 1 of this subsection.          |
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18|    J. K.  It is the intent of the Legislature that the Oklahoma       |
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19|State Regents for Higher Education incorporate the National Board      |
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20|certification portfolio development into all programs in education     |
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21|leading to a master's level degree.                                    |
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22|    SECTION 2.     AMENDATORY     70 O.S. 2011, Section 6-204.3, as    |
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23|amended by Section 600, Chapter 304, O.S.L. 2012 (70 O.S. Supp.        |
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24|2018, Section 6-204.3), is amended to read as follows:                 |
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 1|    Section 6-204.3  There is hereby created in the State Treasury a   |
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 2|revolving fund for the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation     |
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 3|to be designated the "Education Leadership Oklahoma Revolving Fund".   |
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 4| The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year       |
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 5|limitations, and shall consist of all monies appropriated or           |
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 6|transferred to the fund by the Legislature.  All monies accruing to    |
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 7|the credit of the fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted     |
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 8|and expended by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation to     |
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 9|provide assistance and scholarships for candidates seeking National    |
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10|Board certification and renewal.  Expenditures from the fund shall     |
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11|be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims     |
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12|filed as prescribed by law with the Director of the Office of          |
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13|Management and Enterprise Services for approval and payment.           |
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14|    SECTION 3.  This act shall become effective November 1, 2019.      |
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15|    Passed the House of Representatives the 6th day of March, 2019.    |
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  |    Passed the Senate the ___ day of __________, 2019.                 |
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