By:  Rabuck                                            H.B. No. 138
       73R391 CAE-D
                                 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
    1-1                                AN ACT
    1-2  relating to employment contracts of school district personnel.
    1-4        SECTION 1.  Section 22.08(e), Education Code, is amended to
    1-5  read as follows:
    1-6        (e)  The trustees of a common or common consolidated school
    1-7  district shall have the power to employ teachers and other school
    1-8  officials and to contract with them for a term not to exceed three
    1-9  years <as provided in Section 22.09 of this code>, but in making
   1-10  contracts with teachers or other employees or in contracting for
   1-11  services or supplies, the trustees shall not create a deficiency
   1-12  debt against the district.
   1-13        SECTION 2.  Section 23.28, Education Code, is amended to read
   1-14  as follows:
   1-15        Sec. 23.28.  CONTRACTS WITH OFFICERS AND TEACHERS.  (a)  The
   1-16  board of trustees of any independent school district may employ by
   1-17  contract a superintendent, a principal or principals, teachers, or
   1-18  other executive officers for a term not to exceed three years <the
   1-19  maximum specified in this section>.
   1-20        (b)  <In those independent school districts with a scholastic
   1-21  population of fewer than 5,000, the term of such contracts shall
   1-22  not exceed three years.>
   1-23        <(c)  In those independent school districts with a scholastic
   1-24  population of 5,000 or more, in the last preceding scholastic year,
    2-1  the term of such contracts shall not exceed five years.>
    2-2        <(d)>  All 12 month contracts made with employees
    2-3  above-mentioned shall begin on July 1 of the year beginning the
    2-4  contract and end on June 30 of the year terminating the contract.
    2-5        (c) <(e)>  This section does not apply to teacher's contracts
    2-6  in those independent school districts which have adopted the
    2-7  provisions of the probationary or continuing contract law as set
    2-8  out in Subchapter C, Chapter 13 of this code.
    2-9        SECTION 3.  This Act applies only to a contract entered into
   2-10  on or after the effective date of this Act.
   2-11        SECTION 4.  The importance of this legislation and the
   2-12  crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
   2-13  emergency   and   an   imperative   public   necessity   that   the
   2-14  constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
   2-15  days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.