CSHB 84(JUD): "An Act relating to grants for the improvement of school performance and to teacher tenure rights; and providing for an effective date."

00CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 84(JUD) 01 "An Act relating to grants for the improvement of school performance and to 02 teacher tenure rights; and providing for an effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 14.03.125(a) is amended to read: 05  (a) The fund for the improvement of school performance is created as an 06 account in the general fund. The fund shall be used by the commissioner to make 07 grants [TO A DISTRICT LOCATED IN THE STATE] for the purpose of improving 08 public school performance in a district in the state. The fund consists of money 09 appropriated by the legislature, including money appropriated from the earnings of 10 the public school trust fund under AS 37.14.110. The commissioner shall include 11 an [ANNUALLY DETERMINE THE] amount [REQUESTED] for grants under this 12 section [AND SHALL INCLUDE THE AMOUNT] in the department's annual budget 13 request. 14 * Sec. 2. AS 14.03.125(b) is amended to read:

01  (b) A person, governing body, or district advisory board [, OR NONPROFIT 02 ORGANIZATION] located in the state [, OR A TEACHER OR PRINCIPAL 03 EMPLOYED BY A PUBLIC SCHOOL IN THE STATE,] may apply for a grant of 04 up to $50,000 to improve public school performance by submitting an application to 05 the commissioner. An application must be signed by the chief school administrator 06 of the district that will receive the grant or, if the application is from a person, 07 the chief school administrator of a district that has agreed to receive, administer, 08 and account for the grant. 09 * Sec. 3. AS 14.03.125(c) is amended to read: 10  (c) The department may award a [A] grant [MAY BE AWARDED] to the 11 same applicant [GRANTEE] in consecutive fiscal years, but may not award a grant 12 [BE AWARDED] to the same applicant [GRANTEE] for more than three [TWO] 13 fiscal years within a five-year period. This subsection does not apply to a district 14 if the district is administering the grant and the district governing body is not the 15 grantee. 16 * Sec. 4. AS 14.03.125(e) is amended to read: 17  (e) In this section, 18  (1) "applicant" means a person applying for a grant under this 19 section; 20  (2) "district" has the meaning given in AS 14.17.250. 21 * Sec. 5. AS 14.03.125 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 22  (f) The board shall adopt regulations concerning grants and grant award 23 procedures under this section. 24 * Sec. 6. AS 14.20.147(b) is amended to read: 25  (b) When a school operated by a federal agency is transferred to or absorbed 26 into a new or existing school district, the teachers shall also be transferred if mutually 27 agreed by the teacher or teachers and the school board of the new or existing district. 28 A teacher transferred from a federal agency school that [, WHICH] does not have an 29 official salary schedule or teacher tenure in the same manner as a public school district 30 in the state [,] shall be placed on a position on the salary schedule of the absorbing 31 district; the salary may not be less than the teacher would have received in the federal

01 agency school. If the teacher taught four [TWO] or more years in the federal agency 02 school and, at the time of transfer, had a valid Alaska teaching certificate, that teacher 03 shall be placed on tenure in the absorbing district. 04 * Sec. 7. AS 14.20.150 is amended to read: 05  Sec. 14.20.150. ACQUISITION OF TENURE RIGHTS. (a) A teacher 06 acquires tenure rights in a district when the teacher 07  (1) possesses a standard teaching certificate; 08  (2) has been employed as a teacher in the same district continuously 09 for four [TWO] full school years and is reemployed for the school year immediately 10 following the four [TWO] full school years. 11  (b) The tenure rights acquired under (a) of this section become effective on the 12 first day the teacher performs teaching services in the district during the school year 13 immediately following the four [TWO] full school years. 14 * Sec. 8. APPLICABILITY OF TENURE CHANGES. The amendments made by secs. 15 6 and 7 of this Act apply to teachers first hired by a school district on or after the effective 16 date of this Act. 17 * Sec. 9. TRANSITION. Notwithstanding sec. 11 of this Act, the state Board of Education 18 may proceed to adopt regulations necessary to implement this Act. The regulations take effect 19 under AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act), but not before the respective effective date 20 of the relevant section or sections of this Act. 21 * Sec. 10. Section 9 of this Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c). 22 * Sec. 11. Sections 1 - 8 of this Act take effect July 1, 1994.