Bill Text For HB2521 - Engrossed

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  |BILL NO. 2521                        By: West (Tammy), Provenzano      |
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 8|       An Act relating to schools; creating the Oklahoma               |
  |       Educator Loan Repayment Program; directing the State            |
 9|       Department of Education to administer the Program;              |
  |       providing educational loan repayment assistance to              |
10|       certain teachers; providing repayment distribution              |
  |       based on contract up to certain amount; directing the           |
11|       Department to establish application process;                    |
  |       requiring the Department to establish performance               |
12|       requirements and review certain reports for                     |
  |       compliance; requiring certain review for each year of           |
13|       participation in the Program; providing eligibility             |
  |       requirements; authorizing the Department to accept              |
14|       certain funds; authorizing the Department to contract           |
  |       with other entities; creating the Educator Loan                 |
15|       Repayment Revolving Fund; providing for                         |
  |       appropriations and expenditures of fund; requiring              |
16|       Department to present certain report; defining term;            |
  |       providing for codification; and providing an                    |
17|       effective date.                                                 |
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20|BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:                  |
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21|    SECTION 1.     NEW LAW     A new section of law to be codified     |
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22|in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 2500 of Title 70, unless there     |
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23|is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:               |
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 1|    A.  There is hereby created the Oklahoma Educator Loan Repayment   |
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 2|Program.  The State Department of Education shall administer the       |
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 3|Program.                                                               |
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 4|    B.  The Program, depending upon and limited to available           |
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 5|funding, shall provide educational loan repayment assistance to        |
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 6|Oklahoma certified teachers who agree to work in a school district     |
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 7|located in the state designated as a comprehensive support and         |
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 8|improvement (CSI) school or targeted support and improvement (TSI)     |
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 9|school.                                                                |
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10|    C.  Each award shall be for a contracted period and shall be       |
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11|distributed to the sponsoring entity on behalf of the teacher at the   |
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12|end of each contract year with disbursements not to exceed an amount   |
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13|to be established annually by the Department based on the              |
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14|availability of funds.  A teacher participating in the Program is      |
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15|eligible to receive awards for four (4) years.                         |
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16|    D.  The Department shall develop an application process for        |
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17|teachers to apply for the Program.                                     |
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18|    E.  The Department shall develop performance requirements for      |
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19|teachers in the Program to ensure the participating teacher meets      |
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20|the requirements set forth in this section and any additional          |
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21|requirements promulgated in administrative rules.  Prior to any        |
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22|disbursement, the Department shall certify and review reports          |
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23|submitted by the participating teacher detailing performance of        |
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24|activities in accordance with the Program.                             |
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 1|    F.  The Department shall review the performance of the teacher     |
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 2|during each year in the Program and determine whether an award may     |
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 3|be granted for additional years.                                       |
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 4|    G.  A teacher entering the Program shall agree to be employed      |
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 5|and teach in a school designated as a comprehensive support and        |
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 6|improvement (CSI) school or targeted support and improvement (TSI)     |
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 7|school.                                                                |
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 8|    H.  A teacher shall be eligible to participate in the loan         |
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 9|repayment program if the individual is a:                              |
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10|    1.  Teacher that holds a current Oklahoma teaching certificate;    |
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11|    2.  Recent graduate from an Oklahoma university or college; and    |
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12|    3.  Teacher that has met other criteria established by the         |
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13|Department.                                                            |
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14|    I.  The Department may accept donations of public or private       |
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15|funds to assist in funding the Oklahoma Educator Loan Repayment        |
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16|Program.  The Department may contract with other public entities and   |
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17|nonprofit corporations for the endowment, management and               |
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18|administration of such funds.                                          |
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19|    J.  There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving      |
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20|fund for the State Department of Education to be designated the        |
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21|"Educator Loan Repayment Revolving Fund".  The fund shall be a         |
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22|continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall     |
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23|consist of all monies received by the State Department of Education    |
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24|from public and private funds.  All monies accruing to the credit of   |
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 1|said fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended     |
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 2|by the State Department of Education for the purpose of providing      |
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 3|educational loan repayment assistance to Oklahoma certified teachers   |
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 4|through the Oklahoma Educator Loan Repayment Program.  Expenditures    |
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 5|from said fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State         |
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 6|Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the           |
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 7|Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services for       |
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 8|approval and payment.                                                  |
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 9|    K.  The Department shall present a report on the operation of      |
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10|the Program to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of               |
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11|Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate within     |
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12|one (1) month of the beginning of each regular session of the          |
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13|Legislature, including but not limited to the progress made in         |
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14|accomplishing the goal of the Program.                                 |
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15|    L.  For the purposes of this section, "teacher" shall mean a       |
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16|classroom teacher employed in a school in the State of Oklahoma who    |
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17|is a participant of the Oklahoma Educator Loan Repayment Program.      |
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18|    SECTION 2.  This act shall become effective November 1, 2019.      |
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19|    Passed the House of Representatives the 7th day of March, 2019.    |
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  |    Passed the Senate the ___ day of __________, 2019.                 |
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