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HB 162: "An Act relating to tenure of public school teachers; and providing for an effective date."

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 162                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to tenure of public school teachers; and providing for an effective                                    
02 date."                                                                                                                  
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 14.20.147(b) is amended to read:                                                                   
05            (b)  When a school operated by a federal agency is transferred to or absorbed                                
06       into a new or existing school district, the teachers shall also be transferred if mutually                        
07       agreed by the teacher or teachers and the school board of the new or existing district.                           
08       A teacher transferred from a federal agency school that does not have an official salary                          
09       schedule or teacher tenure in the same manner as a public school district in the state                            
10       shall be placed on a position on the salary schedule of the absorbing district; the salary                        
11       may not be less than the teacher would have received in the federal agency school. If                             
12       the teacher taught five [THREE] or more years in the federal agency school and, at the                        
13       time of transfer, had a valid Alaska teaching certificate, that teacher shall be placed on                        
14       tenure in the absorbing district.                                                                                 
01    * Sec. 2. AS 14.20.150(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
02            (a)  Except as provided in (c) or (d) of this section, a teacher acquires tenure                             
03       rights in a district when the teacher                                                                             
04                 (1)  possesses a valid teaching certificate that authorizes the teacher to                              
05       be employed as a certificated teacher or as an administrator under regulations adopted                            
06       by the department;                                                                                                
07                 (2)  has been employed as a teacher in the same district continuously                                   
08       for five [THREE] full school years;                                                                           
09                 (3)  receives, in the fifth [THIRD] year of any five-year [THREE-                               
10       YEAR] period of continuous employment with the district, an evaluation under the                                  
11       district's evaluation system stating that the teacher's performance meets the district                            
12       performance standards; and                                                                                        
13                 (4)  on or before October 15 of the school year,                                                        
14                      (A)  accepts a contract for employment as a teacher in the                                         
15            district for a sixth [FOURTH] consecutive school year; and                                               
16                      (B)  performs a day of teaching services in the district during                                    
17            that school year.                                                                                            
18    * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
19 read:                                                                                                                   
20       APPLICABILITY. Sections 1 and 2 of this Act apply to a contract or collective                                     
21 bargaining agreement that becomes legally binding on or after the effective date of secs. 1 and                         
22 2 of this Act.                                                                                                          
23    * Sec. 4. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).