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Scorecard 2020

SB 20-066: Highly Effective Teachers And Low-performing Schools

Bill Summary:

The bill creates the highly effective teacher incentives program (program) to enable school districts, boards of cooperative services that operate public schools, and charter schools (local education providers) to offer salary bonuses to attract highly effective teachers to teach in elementary, middle, or junior high schools that are implementing priority improvement or turnaround plans (low-performing schools). The amount of a grant is based on the number of highly effective teachers who meet the requirements for receiving salary bonuses and are employed by local education providers in low-performing schools. A local education provider may use the grant only to pay nonbase-building salary bonuses to eligible highly effective teachers. A local education provider that receives a grant and is already paying incentives to highly effective teachers who teach in low-performing schools must pay the bonuses funded by the grant money in addition to the other incentives. A highly effective teacher must meet specified criteria to receive the salary bonus. The amount of the salary bonus depends on whether the teacher was working in a high-performing local education provider and changed employment to work in a low-performing school or is continuing to work in a low-performing school and whether the highly effective teacher works in a low-performing elementary, middle, or junior high school. The bill creates the highly effective teacher incentives fund (fund), which consists of a one-time appropriation of $4 million from the state education fund. The state board will disburse approximately one-half of the money in the fund in the first grant cycle and approximately one-half of the money in a second grant cycle.

CEA Position Rationale: CEA has consistently opposed bonuses especially tied to evaluation system. The evaluation system is not designed to identify educators to pay more. Further, bonuses do not have a track record of success. Finally, CEA advocates not for bonuses but for raising salaries for all and increasing funding for public education.
Legislative Priorities: Accountability and Evaluation System Reform, Prioritize Working Families and Union Values, Attract and Retain High Quality Educators and Improve Educator Workload, Increase Funding and Resources to Public Education and Educators
Tier: 2

CEA Opposed

Senate Status: Fail
Final Status: Postpone Indefinitely

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Senate Votes:

Fields, RhondaDemocratDistrict 29Pro-Education Vote
Foote, MikeDemocratDistrict 17Pro-Education Vote
Hansen, ChrisDemocratDistrict 31Pro-Education Vote
Marble, VickiRepublicanDistrict 23Anti-Education Vote
Sonnenberg, JerryRepublicanDistrict 1Anti-Education Vote