Bill Text For HB2693 - Engrossed

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  |BILL NO. 2693                        By: Hasenbeck, Phillips,          |
 2|                                         McBride, Talley, Dills,       |
  |                                         Russ and Sterling of the      |
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 4|                                         and                           |
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 5|                                         Stanley of the Senate         |
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 8|       [ teachers - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act -                |
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 9|         providing financial assistance for teachers                   |
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10|         renewing their National Board certification -                 |
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11|         establishing bonuses for teachers with National               |
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12|         Board certification - effective date ]                        |
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15|BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:                  |
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16|    SECTION 1.     AMENDATORY     70 O.S. 2011, Section 6-204.2, as    |
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17|last amended by Section 2, Chapter 394, O.S.L. 2013 (70 O.S. Supp.     |
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18|2020, Section 6-204.2), is amended to read as follows:                 |
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19|    Section 6-204.2  A.  The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher           |
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20|Preparation Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (OEQA)    |
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21|and the State Board of Education are authorized to establish the       |
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22|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 Office   |
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17|of Educational Quality and Accountability (OEQA) shall:                |
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18|    1.  Inform teachers of the Education Leadership Oklahoma program   |
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19|and services it provides to teachers seeking National Board            |
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20|certification, emphasizing recruiting efforts toward teachers at       |
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21|high-poverty schools, schools identified as in need of improvement     |
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22|and in counties with the lowest percentage of teachers who have        |
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23|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 OEQA 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 OEQA 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 OEQA shall     |
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 9|not exceed One Thousand Three Hundred Dollars ($1,300.00).  In         |
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10|addition the Commission OEQA shall also provide to the selected        |
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11|applicants a scholarship in the amount of Five Hundred Dollars         |
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12|($500.00) to cover other expenses associated with obtaining National   |
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13|Board certification.                                                   |
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14|    E.  The OEQA shall select not more than three hundred applicants   |
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15|to participate in the renewal program each fiscal year for whom the    |
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16|OEQA shall pay a portion of the fee for National Board certification   |
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17|renewal.  The total amount paid by the OEQA shall not exceed Seven     |
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18|Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00) per applicant.                         |
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19|    F.  The Commission OEQA shall promulgate rules establishing a      |
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20|process for accepting applications for the Education Leadership        |
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21|Oklahoma program and for providing to applicants selected for the      |
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22|program up-front payment of the application processing charge and      |
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23|assessment fee and scholarship.  If a selected applicant who           |
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24|receives the up-front payment does not complete National Board         |
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 1|certification within three (3) years, the applicant shall repay the    |
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 2|Commission OEQA the full amount paid by the Commission OEQA pursuant   |
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 3|to subsection D of this section.  All selected applicants who do not   |
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 4|receive an up-front payment and successfully complete National Board   |
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 5|certification shall be reimbursed by the Commission OEQA for the       |
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 6|application processing charge and assessment fee.  The total amount    |
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 7|of reimbursement paid by the Commission OEQA shall not exceed One      |
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 8|Thousand Three Hundred Dollars ($1,300.00).                            |
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 9|    F. G.  It is the intent of the Legislature that the Oklahoma       |
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10|Commission for Teacher Preparation contract with Southeastern          |
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11|Oklahoma State University to OEQA establish Education Leadership       |
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12|Oklahoma program training in higher education teacher preparation      |
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13|programs in the state to assist teachers in meeting the requirements   |
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14|to obtain National Board certification.                                |
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15|    G. H.  All teachers seeking National Board certification shall     |
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16|be eligible to participate in Education Leadership Oklahoma program    |
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17|training to assist them in meeting the requirements of the National    |
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18|Board certification process, free of charge.                           |
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19|    H. I.  Subject to district board of education policy or            |
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20|collective bargaining agreement, additional professional leave days    |
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21|may be granted to teachers seeking National Board certification for    |
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22|National Board certification portfolio development.  During the two    |
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23|(2) days of the additional professional days granted to teachers for   |
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24|National Board certification portfolio development, a substitute       |
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 1|teacher shall be provided by the school district at no cost to the     |
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 2|teacher.                                                               |
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 3|    I. J.  1.  The State Board of Education OEQA shall provide to      |
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 4|teachers who attained attain National Board certification prior to     |
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 5|June 30, 2013, a bonus in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars          |
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 6|($5,000.00) annually over a ten-year or five-year period, to be paid   |
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 7|no later than January 31 each year.  The Board shall provide a bonus   |
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 8|to any teacher who attains National Board certification after June     |
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 9|30, 2013, if the teacher was selected for the Education Leadership     |
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10|Oklahoma program before June 30, 2013, or the teacher has submitted    |
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11|an application for National Board certification to the National        |
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12|Board for Professional Teaching Standards before June 30, 2013 that    |
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13|shall follow the duration of the certification.                        |
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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 full time in an Oklahoma public school.  No school or        |
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19|school district shall be liable for payment of bonuses pursuant to     |
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20|this 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, including instances where the salary          |
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24|schedule of the district exceeds the statutory Minimum Salary          |
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 1|Schedule, or for purposes of compensating Oklahoma Teachers'           |
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 2|Retirement System contributions or benefits.                           |
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 3|    4.  Teachers eligible to receive the annual bonus as provided      |
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 4|for in paragraph 1 of this subsection shall not be eligible to         |
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 5|receive the additional salary increment for National Board             |
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 6|certification as set forth in the minimum salary schedule in Section   |
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 7|3 of this act.                                                         |
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 8|    5.  Teachers who attain National Board certification after June    |
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 9|30, 2013, shall be eligible to receive the additional salary           |
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10|increments for National Board certification as set forth in the        |
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11|minimum salary schedule in Section 3 of this act.                      |
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12|    6.  The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules for a      |
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13|process by which a National-Board-certified teacher will verify        |
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14|that:                                                                  |
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15|         a.    the National Board certification has not lapsed,        |
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16|         b.    the teacher is still a full-time teacher employed in    |
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17|              a public school, and                                     |
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18|         c.    for teachers eligible for the bonus, the teacher has    |
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19|              not exceeded the limit of annual bonus payments as       |
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20|              provided for in paragraph 1 of this subsection.          |
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21|    J. K.  It is the intent of the Legislature that the Oklahoma       |
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22|State Regents for Higher Education incorporate the National Board      |
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23|certification portfolio development into all programs in education     |
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24|leading to a master's level degree.                                    |
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 1|    SECTION 2.     AMENDATORY     70 O.S. 2011, Section 6-204.3, as    |
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 2|amended by Section 600, Chapter 304, O.S.L. 2012 (70 O.S. Supp.        |
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 3|2020, Section 6-204.3), is amended to read as follows:                 |
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 4|    Section 6-204.3  There is hereby created in the State Treasury a   |
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 5|revolving fund for the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation     |
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 6|Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (OEQA) to be          |
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 7|designated the "Education Leadership Oklahoma Revolving Fund".  The    |
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 8|fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year            |
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 9|limitations, and shall consist of all monies appropriated or           |
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10|transferred to the fund by the Legislature.  All monies accruing to    |
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11|the credit of the fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted     |
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12|and expended by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation OEQA   |
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13|to provide assistance and scholarships for candidates seeking          |
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14|National Board certification and renewal and to provide annual         |
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15|bonuses to qualified teachers in accordance with the requirements of   |
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16|Section 6-204.2 of this title.  Expenditures from the fund shall be    |
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17|made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims        |
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18|filed as prescribed by law with the Director of the Office of          |
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19|Management and Enterprise Services for approval and payment.           |
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20|    SECTION 3.     AMENDATORY     Section 3, Chapter 394, O.S.L.       |
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21|2013, as last amended by Section 1, Chapter 10, 2nd Extraordinary      |
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22|Session, O.S.L. 2018 (70 O.S. Supp. 2020, Section 18-114.14), is       |
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23|amended to read as follows:                                            |
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 1|    Section 18-114.14  A.  Beginning with the 2018-2019 2022-2023      |
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 2|school year, certified personnel, as defined in Section 26-103 of      |
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 3|this title, in the public schools of Oklahoma shall receive in         |
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 4|salary and/or fringe benefits not less than the amounts specified in   |
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 5|the following schedule:                                                |
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 6|                       MINIMUM SALARY SCHEDULE                         |
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 7|                            National                                   |
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 8|Years of      Bachelor's    Board             Master's     Doctor's    |
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 9|Experience    Degree        Certification     Degree       Degree      |
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10|    0         $36,601       $37,759           $37,991      $39,381     |
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11|    1         $37,035       $38,193           $38,425      $39,815     |
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12|    2         $37,469       $38,628           $38,859      $40,249     |
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13|    3         $37,904       $39,062           $39,294      $40,684     |
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14|    4         $38,338       $39,496           $39,728      $41,118     |
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15|    5         $38,810       $39,968           $40,200      $41,590     |
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16|    6         $39,273       $40,432           $40,663      $42,054     |
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17|    7         $39,737       $40,895           $41,127      $42,517     |
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18|    8         $40,200       $41,358           $41,590      $42,980     |
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19|    9         $40,663       $41,822           $42,054      $43,444     |
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20|    10        $41,684       $42,844           $43,568      $45,945     |
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21|    11        $42,177       $43,336           $44,061      $46,438     |
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22|    12        $42,670       $43,829           $44,554      $46,931     |
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23|    13        $43,162       $44,322           $45,047      $47,424     |
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24|    14        $43,655       $44,815           $45,539      $47,916     |
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 1|    15        $44,167       $45,327           $46,052      $48,430     |
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 2|    16        $44,660       $45,820           $46,545      $48,923     |
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 3|    17        $45,153       $46,313           $47,038      $49,416     |
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 4|    18        $45,646       $46,806           $47,531      $49,909     |
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 5|    19        $46,139       $47,299           $48,024      $50,402     |
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 6|    20        $46,652       $47,813           $48,538      $50,917     |
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 7|    21        $47,145       $48,306           $49,031      $51,410     |
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 8|    22        $47,639       $48,799           $49,524      $51,903     |
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 9|    23        $48,132       $49,292           $50,018      $52,397     |
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10|    24        $48,625       $49,785           $50,511      $52,890     |
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11|    25        $50,049       $51,232           $51,971      $54,395     |
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12|              Master's Degree +                                        |
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13|Years of      National Board                                           |
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14|Experience    Certification                                            |
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15|    0         $39,149                                                  |
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16|    1         $39,583                                                  |
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17|    2         $40,018                                                  |
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18|    3         $40,452                                                  |
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19|    4         $40,886                                                  |
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20|    5         $41,358                                                  |
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21|    6         $41,822                                                  |
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22|    7         $42,285                                                  |
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23|    8         $42,749                                                  |
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24|    9         $43,212                                                  |
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 1|    10        $44,728                                                  |
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 2|    11        $45,221                                                  |
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 3|    12        $45,713                                                  |
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 4|    13        $46,206                                                  |
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 5|    14        $46,699                                                  |
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 6|    15        $47,212                                                  |
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 7|    16        $47,705                                                  |
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 8|    17        $48,198                                                  |
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 9|    18        $48,691                                                  |
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10|    19        $49,184                                                  |
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11|    20        $49,698                                                  |
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12|    21        $50,192                                                  |
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13|    22        $50,685                                                  |
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14|    23        $51,178                                                  |
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15|    24        $51,671                                                  |
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16|    25        $53,153                                                  |
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17|    B.  1.  When determining the Minimum Salary Schedule, "fringe      |
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18|benefits" shall mean all or part of retirement benefits, excluding     |
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19|the contributions made pursuant to subsection A of Section 17-108.1    |
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20|of this title and the flexible benefit allowance pursuant to Section   |
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21|26-105 of this title from the flexible benefit allowance funds         |
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22|disbursed by the State Board of Education and the State Board of       |
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23|Career and Technology Education pursuant to Section 26-104 of this     |
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24|title.                                                                 |
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 1|    2.  If a school district intends to provide retirement benefits    |
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 2|to a teacher such that the teacher's salary would be less than the     |
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 3|amounts set forth in the Minimum Salary Schedule specified in          |
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 4|subsection A of this section, the district shall be required to        |
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 5|provide written notification to the teacher prior to his or her        |
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 6|employment or, if already employed by the district, no later than      |
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 7|thirty (30) days prior to the date the district elects to provide      |
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 8|retirement benefits such that the teacher's salary would be less       |
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 9|than the Minimum Salary Schedule.                                      |
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10|    C.  Any of the degrees referred to in this section shall be from   |
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11|a college recognized by the State Board of Education.  The Board       |
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12|shall accept teaching experience from out-of-state school districts    |
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13|that are accredited by the state board of education or appropriate     |
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14|state accrediting agency for the districts.  The Board shall accept    |
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15|teaching experience from out-of-country schools that are accredited    |
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16|or otherwise endorsed by the appropriate national or regional          |
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17|accrediting or endorsement authority.  Out-of-country certification    |
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18|documentation in a language other than English shall be analyzed by    |
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19|an educational credential evaluation service in accordance with        |
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20|industry standards and guidelines and approved by the State            |
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21|Department of Education.  The person seeking to have credit granted    |
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22|for out-of-country teaching experience shall be responsible for all    |
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23|costs of the analysis by a credential evaluation service.  The Board   |
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24|shall accept teaching experience from primary and secondary schools    |
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 1|that are operated by the United States Department of Defense or are    |
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 2|affiliated with the United States Department of State.                 |
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 3|    D.  For the purpose of state salary increments and retirement,     |
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 4|no teacher shall be granted credit for more than five (5) years of     |
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 5|active duty in the military service or out-of-state or                 |
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 6|out-of-country teaching experience as a certified teacher or its       |
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 7|equivalent.  Nothing in this section shall prohibit boards of          |
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 8|education from crediting more years of experience on district salary   |
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 9|schedules than those allowed for state purposes.                       |
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10|    E.  The State Board of Education shall recognize, for purposes     |
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11|of certification and salary increments, all the years of experience    |
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12|of a:                                                                  |
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13|    1.  Certified teacher who teaches in the educational program of    |
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14|the Department of Corrections, beginning with fiscal year 1981;        |
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15|    2.  Vocational rehabilitation counselor under the Department of    |
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16|Human Services if the counselor was employed as a certified teacher    |
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17|by the State Department of Education when the Division of Vocational   |
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18|Rehabilitation was transferred from the State Board of Career and      |
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19|Technology Education or the State Board of Education to the Oklahoma   |
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20|Public Welfare Commission on July 1, 1968;                             |
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21|    3.  Vocational rehabilitation counselor which were completed       |
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22|while employed by the Department of Human Services if such counselor   |
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23|was certified as a teacher or was eligible for certification as a      |
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24|teacher in Oklahoma;                                                   |
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 1|    4.  Certified teacher which were completed while employed by the   |
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 2|Department of Human Services Child Study Center at University          |
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 3|Hospital, if the teacher was certified as a teacher in Oklahoma; and   |
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 4|    5.  Certified school psychologist or psychometrist which were      |
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 5|completed while employed as a doctoral intern, psychological           |
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 6|assistant, or psychologist with any agency of the State of Oklahoma    |
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 7|if the experience primarily involved work with persons of school- or   |
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 8|preschool-age and if the person was, at the time the experience was    |
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 9|acquired, certified as, or eligible for certification as, a school     |
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10|psychologist or psychometrist.                                         |
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11|    F.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to teachers     |
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12|who have entered into postretirement employment with a public school   |
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13|in Oklahoma and are still receiving a monthly retirement benefit.      |
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14|    G.  If a person employed as certified personnel, as defined in     |
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15|Section 26-103 of this title, by a school district during the          |
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16|2017-2018 school year was receiving a salary above the step level      |
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17|indicated by the State Minimum Salary Schedule for the 2017-2018       |
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18|school year, the person shall receive a salary increase amount equal   |
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19|to the amount indicated in subsection A of this section for the step   |
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20|level indicated for the person, provided they remain employed by the   |
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21|same district, unless the hours or the duties of the certified         |
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22|personnel are reduced proportionately.                                 |
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23|    SECTION 4.  This act shall become effective November 1, 2021.      |
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24|    Passed the House of Representatives the 10th day of March, 2021.   |
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