HBA-JRA H.B. 850 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 850 By: Dutton Public Education 3/12/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE In December, 1996, the Comptroller of Public Accounts noted in a performance review that teachers' salaries in Texas are 20 percent lower than those of comparable jobs. A recent study conducted by the National Education Association ranked Texas 36th nationally for average public school teacher salary in 1995-1996, which may be a factor in high turnover among Texas teachers. H.B. 850 increases the minimum salary for classroom teachers and full-time librarians to at least $50,000. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that rulemaking authority previously delegated to the commissioner of education is modified in SECTION 4 (by repealing Section 21.403, Education Code) of this bill. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 21.401, Education Code, to provide that an educator employed under a 10-month contract must provide a minimum of 187 days of service, rather than a minimum number of 187 days as determined by a specified formula. Deletes expiration date (September 1, 1999) of Subsection (a). Deletes existing text of Subsection (c). Redesignates existing Subsection (d) to Subsection (c). SECTION 2. Amends Section 21.402, Education Code, as follows: Sec. 21.402. New title: MINIMUM SALARY FOR CLASSROOM TEACHERS AND FULL-TIME LIBRARIANS. Provides that a school district must pay each classroom teacher or full-time librarian at least $50,000 annually, rather than a minimum monthly salary based on the employee's level of experience determined by a specified formula. Deletes existing Subsections (a)-(f). SECTION 3. Amends Section 30.102(b), Education Code, to make conforming changes. SECTION 4. Repealer: Section 21.403, Education Code (Placement on Minimum Salary Schedule), concerning a minimum salary schedule for teachers and requiring the commissioner of education to adopt rules for determining a teacher's or librarian's experience for placement on the minimum salary schedule. SECTION 5. Makes application of this Act prospective to the 1999-2000 school year. SECTION 6. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.