By Salinas                                             H.B. No. 830
         77R4085 KKA-F                           
                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to time management and required service for classroom
 1-3     teachers.
 1-5           SECTION 1. Section 21.404, Education Code, is amended to read
 1-6     as follows:
 1-7           Sec. 21.404.  PLANNING AND PREPARATION TIME. (a)  Each
 1-8     classroom teacher is entitled to at least 450 minutes within each
 1-9     two-week period for instructional preparation, including
1-10     parent-teacher conferences, evaluating students' work, and
1-11     planning.  A planning and preparation period under this section may
1-12     not be less than 45 minutes within the instructional day.  During a
1-13     planning and preparation period, a classroom teacher may not be
1-14     required to participate in any other activity.
1-15           (b)  In addition to the time required under Subsection (a), a
1-16     school district shall schedule within the regular work day, as
1-17     described by Section 21.4051, at least one two-hour period each
1-18     month during which classroom teachers may jointly plan and
1-19     collaborate based on the subject area or grade level taught by the
1-20     teachers.
1-21           SECTION 2. Subchapter I, Chapter 21, Education Code, is
1-22     amended by adding Section 21.4051 to read as follows:
1-23           Sec. 21.4051.  MAXIMUM WORK DAY. (a)  A regular work day for
1-24     a classroom teacher may not extend beyond the 30-minute period
 2-1     immediately following conclusion of the last class period of the
 2-2     school day.
 2-3           (b)  Except in an emergency, a school district shall provide
 2-4     a classroom teacher with at least 24-hours advance notice of any
 2-5     meeting to be held outside of the regular work day.
 2-6           SECTION 3. This Act applies beginning with the 2001-2002
 2-7     school year.
 2-8           SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
 2-9     a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
2-10     provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
2-11     Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
2-12     Act takes effect September 1, 2001.