By Burnam                                             H.B. No. 2896
         77R6674 BDH-D                           
                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to public school teachers.
 1-4           SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 21, Education Code, is
 1-5     amended by adding Section 21.005 to read as follows:
 1-6           Sec. 21.005.  TEACHER MENTOR AND INDUCTION PROGRAMS. (a)  To
 1-7     the extent that funds are available, the commissioner shall make
 1-8     grants to school districts of:
 1-9                 (1)  $3,000 for each new teacher employed by the
1-10     district who holds a certificate under Section 21.049; and
1-11                 (2)  $1,000 for each new teacher employed by the
1-12     district who holds a certificate under Section 21.044 or 21.052.
1-13           (b)  A school district shall use money received under
1-14     Subsection (a) only to support one or more of the following in the
1-15     district:
1-16                 (1)  a mentor or induction program for new teachers;
1-17                 (2)  signing bonuses for employment of new teachers in
1-18     shortage areas; or
1-19                 (3)  payment of college tuition for appropriate
1-20     semester credit hours received by a new teacher.
1-21           SECTION 2.  Subchapter B, Chapter 21, Education Code, is
1-22     amended by adding Section 21.0491 to read as follows:
1-24     BACHELOR'S DEGREE. (a)  In addition to issuing teaching
 2-1     certificates to persons to whom Section 21.050 applies, the board
 2-2     may issue a teaching certificate to a person who:
 2-3                 (1)  holds a bachelor's degree received with an
 2-4     academic major or interdisciplinary academic major, including
 2-5     reading, other than education, that is related to at least one area
 2-6     of the curriculum as prescribed under Subchapter A, Chapter 28; and
 2-7                 (2)  performs satisfactorily:
 2-8                       (A)  on the examination prescribed under Section
 2-9     21.048; and
2-10                       (B)  not later than the end of the person's first
2-11     year of teaching, on a pedagogy examination administered by the
2-12     board.
2-13           (b)  A person who holds a bachelor's degree with an academic
2-14     major related to only one area of the curriculum prescribed under
2-15     Subchapter A, Chapter 28, may receive a certificate to teach only
2-16     in that subject area and may be assigned to teach only in that
2-17     subject area.
2-18           (c)  A person who receives an alternative certification under
2-19     this section must receive mentoring from an experienced teacher in
2-20     the school.
2-21           SECTION 3.  Section 21.057(d), Education Code, is amended to
2-22     read as follows:
2-23           (d)  For purposes of this section, "inappropriately certified
2-24     or uncertified teacher" means a person who:
2-25                 (1)  does not hold a bachelor's degree with an academic
2-26     major or minor or an interdisciplinary academic major or minor that
2-27     is related to the subject taught by the person; or
 3-1                 (2)  has not performed satisfactorily on the
 3-2     examination prescribed under Section 21.048[:]
 3-3                 [(1)  includes:]
 3-4                       [(A)  an individual serving on an emergency
 3-5     certificate issued under Section 21.041(b)(2); or]
 3-6                       [(B)  an individual who does not hold any
 3-7     certificate or permit issued under this chapter and is not employed
 3-8     as specified by Subdivision (2)(E); and]
 3-9                 [(2)  does not include an individual:]
3-10                       [(A)  who is a certified teacher assigned to
3-11     teach a class or classes outside his or her area of certification,
3-12     as determined by rules proposed by the board in specifying the
3-13     certificate required for each assignment;]
3-14                       [(B)  serving on a certificate issued due to a
3-15     hearing impairment under Section 21.048;]
3-16                       [(C)  serving on a certificate issued pursuant to
3-17     enrollment in an approved alternative certification program under
3-18     Section 21.049;]
3-19                       [(D)  certified by another state or country and
3-20     serving on a certificate issued under Section 21.052;]
3-21                       [(E)  serving on a school district teaching
3-22     permit issued under Section 21.055; or]
3-23                       [(F)  employed under a waiver granted by the
3-24     commissioner pursuant to Section 7.056].
3-25           SECTION 4.  Subchapter I, Chapter 21, Education Code, is
3-26     amended by adding Section 21.411 to read as follows:
 4-1     CAMPUS. (a)  As provided by this section and to the extent that
 4-2     funds are available, a teacher or principal who is identified by
 4-3     the commissioner as an experienced, extraordinary educator and who
 4-4     agrees to serve for three school years at a school campus that is
 4-5     identified as low-performing by the commissioner under Subchapter
 4-6     D, Chapter 39, is entitled to a bonus of $3,000.
 4-7           (b)  The commissioner shall adopt criteria for identifying
 4-8     experienced, extraordinary educators under this section.  The
 4-9     criteria must include:
4-10                 (1)  if applicable, an educator's demonstrated ability
4-11     to improve the performance of students with a stable home
4-12     environment, as determined by the commissioner, who have remained
4-13     enrolled in the educator's course for an entire school year;
4-14                 (2)  an educator's subject matter expertise;
4-15                 (3)  if applicable, performance by the educator's
4-16     students or former students on the Scholastic Assessment Test
4-17     (SAT), the American College Test (ACT), and the test instrument
4-18     required under Section 51.306 and in courses at an institution of
4-19     higher education;
4-20                 (4)  whether the educator has earned a certificate from
4-21     the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; and
4-22                 (5)  any other criteria determined by the commissioner
4-23     to be appropriate in determining that an educator's performance is
4-24     superior.
4-25           (c)  A bonus under this section must be paid at the beginning
4-26     of the first year in which the educator serves at the
4-27     low-performing campus.
 5-1           (d)  An educator who does not serve at the low-performing
 5-2     campus during the entire period for which a bonus under this
 5-3     section was awarded forfeits the bonus and shall, in accordance
 5-4     with rules adopted by the commissioner, repay the bonus.
 5-5           (e)  The State Board for Educator Certification shall impose
 5-6     sanctions on an educator who receives a bonus under this section
 5-7     but does not serve at the low-performing campus during the entire
 5-8     period for which the bonus was awarded.
 5-9           (f)  The commissioner and the State Board for Educator
5-10     Certification may waive the provisions of Subsections (d) and (e)
5-11     for good cause.
5-12           (g)  The commissioner shall pay any bonuses under this
5-13     section from funds appropriated for that purpose.
5-14           SECTION 5.  This Act applies beginning with the 2001-2002
5-15     school year.
5-16           SECTION 6.  (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (b) of this
5-17     section, this Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of
5-18     two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by
5-19     Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this Act does not
5-20     receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this Act takes
5-21     effect September 1, 2001.
5-22           (b)  Sections 1 and 4 of this Act take effect September 1,
5-23     2001.