By: Villarreal (Senate Sponsor - Patrick) H.B. No. 2012
         (In the Senate - Received from the House May 9, 2013;
  May 9, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on
  Education; May 20, 2013, reported adversely, with favorable
  Committee Substitute by the following vote:  Yeas 6, Nays 1;
  May 20, 2013, sent to printer.)
  relating to collection, distribution, and use of information
  relating to salaries of and job openings for certain professional
  employees of school districts and to teaching and learning
  conditions in public schools.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 7, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 7.038 to read as follows:
  may submit for posting on the agency's Internet website notices of
  openings for positions for classroom teachers and notices of
  teacher shortages.
         (b)  The agency shall post on the agency's Internet website
  open positions for classroom teachers, including relevant salary
  information, submitted by school districts under Subsection (a).
  The agency's website must allow a classroom teacher to access a
  clearinghouse of information relevant to open positions for
  classroom teachers in districts, including the salary information
  described by Subsection (d) and information relating to district or
  regional shortages of teachers.
         (c)  Using only available funds and resources from public or
  private sources, the agency in collaboration with the Teacher
  Retirement System shall collect information from school districts
  regarding salaries paid to employees entitled to the minimum
  monthly salary under Section 21.402.
         (d)  The agency shall provide for public use of the
  information collected under Subsection (c) in summary form on the
  agency's Internet website in a manner that indicates, by school
  district, the average salaries of employees to whom Subsection (c)
  applies by position and for classroom teachers, also by subject and
  grade level.
         (e)  The agency shall use the data collected under Subsection
  (c) regarding salaries paid to classroom teachers to conduct a
  cost-of-living salary comparability analysis in each region of the
  state to determine how classroom teacher salaries compare to
  salaries in similar professions. The commissioner shall delineate
  the geographic boundaries of the regions of the state and designate
  the professions that constitute similar professions for purposes of
  conducting the salary comparability analysis under this
  subsection. Not later than December 1, 2014, the agency shall
  prepare and deliver a report of the salary comparability analysis
  conducted under this subsection to the governor, lieutenant
  governor, speaker of the house of representatives, and presiding
  officer of each standing legislative committee with primary
  jurisdiction over public education. The agency shall post a copy of
  the report on the agency's Internet website.
         (f)  The agency shall conduct the cost-of-living salary
  comparability analysis under this section using only available
  funds and resources from public or private sources.
         (g)  Subsections (e) and (f) and this subsection expire
  September 1, 2015.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter C, Chapter 7, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 7.064 to read as follows:
  The commissioner shall develop an online survey to be administered
  statewide at least biennially to superintendents, principals,
  supervisors, classroom teachers, counselors, and other appropriate
  full-time professional employees who are required to hold a
  certificate issued under Subchapter B, Chapter 21.
         (b)  In developing the survey under this section, the
  commissioner shall ensure that the survey is designed to elicit
  information relating to the following issues:
               (1)  teaching and learning conditions as predictors of
  student achievement and growth;
               (2)  the relationship between teaching and learning
  conditions and teacher retention;
               (3)  the influence of school leadership on teaching and
  learning conditions, including:
                     (A)  meaningful involvement of teachers in
  determining professional development needs;
                     (B)  meaningful involvement of teachers in campus
  decisions and initiatives;
                     (C)  support for teachers in student disciplinary
  matters; and
                     (D)  limiting required meetings for and
  noninstructional duties of teachers;
               (4)  the relationship between teaching and learning
  conditions and student attendance and graduation;
               (5)  the appropriate time during the day for
  collaborative instructional planning;
               (6)  facilities resources needs; and
               (7)  other supports needed for educators to be
  successful in the classroom.
         (c)  The commissioner shall contract with a third-party
  entity with appropriate research and evaluation expertise to
  administer the survey required by this section. The third-party
  survey administrator shall collect responses and protect the
  identity of the respondents. The third-party survey administrator
  shall provide the survey responses to the commissioner or a person
  designated by the commissioner not later than the 60th day after the
  date the survey is administered.
         (d)  After the administration of each survey, the
  commissioner shall:
               (1)  make the survey results available to the public;
               (2)  provide the survey results to school districts and
         (e)  Each school district and campus shall use the survey
               (1)  to review and revise, as appropriate,
  district-level or campus-level improvement plans in the manner
  provided under Subchapter F, Chapter 11; and
               (2)  for other purposes, as appropriate to enhance the
  district and campus learning environment.
         (f)  The commissioner shall use the survey results to
  develop, review, and revise:
               (1)  agency professional development offerings;
               (2)  agency initiatives aimed at teacher retention; and
               (3)  standards for principals and superintendents.
         (g)  The commissioner shall carry out duties under this
  section, including contracting for the administration of the
  survey, using only available funds and resources from public and
  private sources.
         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, 2013.
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