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HB 332: "An Act relating to school district personnel and salary enhancement for teachers who obtain master's degrees; supporting parental involvement in schools through employment of parental involvement coordinators; establishing a supplemental income tax on oil revenue to support school district personnel; and creating an account titled 'Resource Revenue for Kids' in the general fund."

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 332                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to school district personnel and salary enhancement for teachers who                                   
02 obtain master's degrees; supporting parental involvement in schools through                                             
03 employment of parental involvement coordinators; establishing a supplemental income                                     
04 tax on oil revenue to support school district personnel; and creating an account titled                                 
05 'Resource Revenue for Kids' in the general fund."                                                                       
06 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
07    * Section 1. AS 14.03 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                  
08            Sec. 14.03.118. Parental involvement coordinator. (a) Each school district                                 
09       shall employ at least two persons at the administrative office of the school district to                          
10       serve as parental involvement coordinators for the district. One of the parental                                  
11       involvement coordinators employed under this subsection may be assigned clerical                                  
12       and support duties related to parental involvement coordination. The district may also                            
13       employ clerical staff necessary to support the work of the parental involvement                                   
01       coordinators.                                                                                                     
02            (b)  In addition to the parental involvement coordinators employed under (a) of                              
03       this section, each school district shall employ one person for each 500 students                                  
04       enrolled in the district or one person for each public school located in the district,                            
05       whichever is greater, to perform work to enhance parental involvement in district                                 
06       schools. The district may assign the persons employed under this subsection to schools                            
07       with the greatest need.                                                                                           
08            (c)  The department shall distribute funds to each school district for the costs                             
09       associated with employment of parental involvement coordinators, clerical support for                             
10       parental involvement coordinators, and additional staff employed under (a) and (b) of                             
11       this section from funds appropriated by the legislature. If the appropriation is                                  
12       insufficient to pay all eligible costs under this section, the department shall distribute                        
13       the available funds on a pro rata basis.                                                                          
14            (d)  The funding appropriated for the payment of parental involvement                                        
15       coordination under this section is in addition to the base student allocation under                               
16       AS 14.17.470.                                                                                                     
17            (e)  A school district is required to comply with the requirements of (a) and (b)                            
18       of this section only to the extent that funds have been appropriated to cover the cost of                         
19       meeting those requirements.                                                                                       
20    * Sec. 2. AS 14.17 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                     
21            Sec. 14.17.485. Resource revenue for kids account. The resource revenue for                                
22       kids account is created as an account in the general fund. The legislature may                                    
23       appropriate funds in the account and interest accrued on those funds to the department                            
24       of education and early development for supporting parental involvement in schools                                 
25       under AS 14.03.118, for providing salary incentives for highly trained teachers under                             
26       AS 14.20.221, or for any other public purpose.                                                                    
27    * Sec. 3. AS 14.20 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                     
28            Sec. 14.20.221. Teacher salary bonus. (a) A school district shall pay an                                   
29       annual bonus of a minimum of $5,000 to a teacher who is employed by the school                                    
30       district full time for the school year and who teaches                                                            
31                 (1)  students in grades kindergarten through six and has acquired a                                     
01       master's degree in general education; or                                                                          
02                 (2)  seven through 12 and has acquired a master's degree in the specific                                
03       subject taught or a master's degree in education with an approved specialization in the                           
04       specific subject taught.                                                                                          
05            (b)  The department shall distribute funds to school districts for payment of                                
06       teacher salary bonuses owed under this section from funds appropriated by the                                     
07       legislature. If the appropriation is insufficient to pay all eligible teacher bonuses under                       
08       this section, the department shall distribute the available funds on a pro rata basis.                            
09            (c)  The funding appropriated for the payment of teacher salary bonuses under                                
10       this section is in addition to the base student allocation under AS 14.17.470.                                    
11            (d)  A school district is required to comply with the requirements of (a) of this                            
12       section only to the extent that funds have been appropriated to cover the cost of                                 
13       meeting those requirements.                                                                                       
14            (e)  In this section, "school district" has the meaning given to "district" in                               
15       AS 14.17.990.                                                                                                     
16    * Sec. 4. AS 43.20.011 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
17            (g)  In addition to the tax imposed under (e) of this section, a taxpayer engaged                            
18       in the production of oil from a lease or property in this state and whose business                                
19       income is subject to AS 43.20.072 shall pay an additional tax of one percent of the                               
20       taxpayer's taxable income. The department shall separately account for the revenue                                
21       obtained from the tax levied by this subsection in the account created under                                      
22       AS 14.17.485.