The House Appropriations and Budget Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 1431 yesterday. The bill would allow schools identified as needing improvement by the State Department of Education to enact their own “evidence-based intervention model,” according to SB 1431 legislative documentation.
The bill summary states:
If a school is still in need of improvement after 4 years, the local school board must seek assistance from the Department which will assist in the creation of a state support plan. If after 2 years the school is still in need of improvement, the State Board of Education may assume control of the school.
Language related to teacher employment at “needs improvement” schools includes:
A district board of education for a district with an average daily membership of more than 30,000 which implements an alternative governance arrangement as provided for in this section may utilize the following procedures, upon approval of the district board and concurrence of the executive committee of the appropriate local bargaining unit:
- Any teacher not retained at the school site shall be given status as a full-time substitute teacher within the school district for a period of not to exceed two (2) years
- If the teacher is not offered a contract teaching position at a school in the district within the two-year period …, the district board shall be authorized to not reemploy the teacher, and
- The district board shall designate trained, certified, instructional staff to provide teacher support, development and evaluation, which may include certified personnel other than administrators.
Any actions taken pursuant to this subsection shall not be subject to the Teacher Due Process Act of 1990. The decision by the district board for renewal or non-renewal shall be final.