H.B. No. 2646
  relating to the award of stipends to nationally certified classroom
  teachers under the educator excellence awards program.
         SECTION 1.  Section 21.705, Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 21.705.  AWARD PAYMENTS. A school district must use at
  least 60 percent of grant funds awarded to the district under this
  subchapter to directly award classroom teachers who effectively
  improve student achievement as determined by meaningful, objective
  measures. The remaining funds must be used only to:
               (1)  provide stipends to effective mentors or teacher
               (2)  provide stipends to classroom teachers who are
  certified in a subject that is designated by the commissioner as
  commonly experiencing a critical shortage of teachers;
               (3)  provide stipends to classroom teachers who are
  certified under Subchapter B in the main subject area in which they
               (4)  provide stipends to classroom teachers with proven
  records of success for improving student performance who are
  assigned to campuses at which the district has experienced
  difficulty assigning or retaining teachers;
               (5)  provide stipends to classroom teachers who hold
  postgraduate degrees;
               (6)  provide stipends to classroom teachers who have
  obtained national board certification through the National Board
  for Professional Teaching Standards;
               (7)  provide awards to principals who effectively
  increase student performance as determined by objective measures;
               (8) [(7)]  provide awards to other campus employees who
  demonstrate excellence; or
               (9) [(8)]  implement the components of a Teacher
  Advancement Program (TAP), including:
                     (A)  an instructionally focused accountability
  system; and
                     (B)  the adjustment of teaching schedules to
  permit ongoing applied professional growth.
         SECTION 2.  This Act applies beginning with the 2007-2008
  school year.
         SECTION 3.  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 September 1, 2007.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 2646 was passed by the House on May
  11, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 137, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 2646 was passed by the Senate on May
  23, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________