78S40257 ESH-F

By:  Mowery                                                       H.B. No. 49 

relating to the number of administrators employed by a school district and the salaries paid to those persons. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Subchapter E, Chapter 11, Education Code, is amended by adding Section 11.203 to read as follows: Sec. 11.203. TEACHER/ADMINISTRATOR RATIOS; SALARY LIMIT. (a) In this section: (1) "Administrator" means a school district employee, other than a classroom teacher or direct student service provider, who: (A) holds at least a bachelor's degree; and (B) earns an annual salary of more than $40,000. (2) "Direct student service provider" means: (A) a librarian assigned to a campus; or (B) a nurse assigned to a campus. (b) A school district may not employ a number of administrators that exceeds a ratio of one administrator for each nine classroom teachers employed by the district. (b-1) Subsection (b) applies beginning with the 2008-2009 school year. For the 2005-2006, 2006-2007, and 2007-2008 school years, a school district may not employ a number of administrators that exceeds the following average ratios: (1) for the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school years, one administrator for each seven classroom teachers employed by the district; and (2) for the 2007-2008 school year, one administrator for each eight classroom teachers employed by the district. (b-2) Subsection (c) applies to the computation of a ratio under Subsection (b-1). Subsection (b-1) and this subsection expire January 1, 2009. (c) For purposes of Subsection (b): (1) the principal and one assistant principal at each campus in the district are considered to be direct student service providers; (2) an administrator who teaches one or more classes is counted as one-half an administrator and is not counted as a classroom teacher; and (3) a direct student service provider is not counted as either a classroom teacher or an administrator unless the person is also a classroom teacher, in which event the person is counted as a classroom teacher. (d) A school district may not pay an administrator a salary that exceeds five times the amount of the lowest salary the district pays a full-time classroom teacher. SECTION 2. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this Act takes effect on the 91st day after the last day of the legislative session.