HBA-JRA H.B. 3766 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 3766 By: Gallego Public Education 4/17/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE According to an American Federation of Teachers national survey, the average teachers' salary in the United States was $37,594 for the 1995-96 school year and $38,436 for the 1996-97 school year. In Texas, the average teachers' salary was $31,400 for the 1995-96 school year and $32,426 for the 1996-97 school year. Increasing the salaries of classroom teachers may improve the state's ability to attract and retain good teachers. H.B. 3677 entitles each school district to an annual allotment of $6,000 for each full-time equivalent classroom teacher, $5,500 of which must be used to supplement each full-time teachers' salary. It authorizes each school district to use the remainder of the allotment to further supplement the salaries of all teachers or only the salaries of those who teach in the areas of math, science, reading, or bilingual education and in which the district has identified a critical shortage of qualified teachers. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that rulemaking authority is expressly delegated to the commissioner of education in SECTION 1 (Section 21.4031, Education Code) of this bill. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Subchapter I, Chapter 21, Education Code, by adding Section 21.4031, as follows: Sec. 21.4031. SALARY SUPPLEMENT. (a) Entitles each school district to an annual allotment of $6,000 for each full-time equivalent classroom teacher from funds appropriated for the purpose. (b) Entitles each full-time classroom teacher to a salary supplement of $5,500 from the allotment. Entitles a part-time classroom teacher to a proportionate salary supplement as determined by the district in accordance with the rules of the commissioner of education (commissioner). (c) Authorizes the district to use the balance of the allotment to pay an additional salary supplement for all classroom teachers or for only those who teach in the areas of math, science, reading, or bilingual education and in which the district has identified a critical shortage of qualified teachers. (d) Provides that a salary supplement is not considered in determining whether the district is paying a teacher the minimum monthly salary under Section 21.402 (Minimum Salary Schedule for Classroom Teachers and Full-Time Librarians). (e) Authorizes the commissioner to adopt rules as necessary for the implementation of this section. SECTION 2. Makes application of this Act prospective to the 1999-2000 school year. SECTION 3.Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.