By:  Bivins                                            S.B. No. 388
                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to employment contract requirements for certain public
 1-3     school principals.
 1-5           SECTION 1.  Subsection (a), Section 21.102, Education Code,
 1-6     is amended to read as follows:
 1-7           (a)  Except as provided by Section 21.202(b), a [A] person
 1-8     who is employed as a teacher by a school district for the first
 1-9     time, or who has not been employed by the district for two
1-10     consecutive school years subsequent to August 28, 1967, shall be
1-11     employed under a probationary contract.
1-12           SECTION 2.  Section 21.202, Education Code, is amended to
1-13     read as follows:
1-14           Sec. 21.202.  PROBATIONARY CONTRACT REQUIRED.  (a)  Except as
1-15     provided by Subsection (b), before [Before] a teacher may be
1-16     employed under a term contract, the teacher must be employed under
1-17     a probationary contract for the period provided by Subchapter C.
1-18           (b)  A school district may employ a person as a principal
1-19     under a term contract if the person has at least three years of
1-20     experience as a public school principal within the last 10 years,
1-21     regardless of whether the person is being employed by the school
1-22     district for the first time or whether a probationary contract
1-23     would otherwise be required under Section 21.102.
1-24           SECTION 3.  This Act applies beginning with the 2001-2002
1-25     school year.
 2-1           SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
 2-2     a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
 2-3     provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
 2-4     Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
 2-5     Act takes effect September 1, 2001.