By Thompson                                            H.B. No. 144
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                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to minimum salaries for public school classroom teachers
 1-3     and librarians.
 1-5           SECTION 1.  Section 21.402, Education Code, is amended by
 1-6     amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (g) to read as
 1-7     follows:
 1-8           (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (d), [or] (e), or (g),
 1-9     a school district must pay each classroom teacher or full-time
1-10     librarian not less than the minimum monthly salary, based on the
1-11     employee's level of experience, determined by the following
1-12     formula:
1-13                             MS = SF X (FSP/ADA)
1-14     where:
1-15           "MS"  is the minimum monthly salary;
1-16           "SF"  is the applicable salary factor specified by Subsection
1-17     (c);
1-18           "FSP"  is the amount appropriated in the General
1-19     Appropriations Act for the fiscal year for the Foundation School
1-20     Program, as determined by the commissioner as provided by
1-21     Subsection (b);  and
1-22           "ADA"  is the total estimated average daily attendance, as
1-23     defined by Section 42.005, used for purposes of the General
1-24     Appropriations Act for the fiscal year.
 2-1           (g)  Beginning with the 1999-2000 school year, a school
 2-2     district must pay each classroom teacher or full-time librarian not
 2-3     less than the minimum monthly salary that results in an annual
 2-4     salary that is $6,000 greater than the annual salary resulting from
 2-5     the minimum monthly salary required to be paid under this section
 2-6     for the 1998-1999 school year to a person with a comparable level
 2-7     of experience.  In subsequent school years, a school district must
 2-8     pay at least the amount required by this subsection unless the
 2-9     computation required under Subsection (a) results in a greater
2-10     amount, in which case the district must pay at least the greater
2-11     amount.
2-12           SECTION 2.  The importance of this legislation and the
2-13     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
2-14     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
2-15     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
2-16     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,
2-17     and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its
2-18     passage, and it is so enacted.