February 27, 2015 Legislative Update
In This Issue…
- Mother Nature Sets Back Legislative Activity Another Week
- Counties’ Plans for Differentiated Pay Posted
- Bill Filed to Pump Up Principals Pay
Second verse, same as the first – weather wrought havoc on legislative plans this week just as it did last week. Dozens of meetings cancelled, including the first scheduled meeting of the House Committee on Education. A joint meeting of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education was held February 24, during which staff of the Fiscal Research Division provided an overview of LEA funding. You can see the entire presentation here.
Provisions in last year’s budget required LEAs to develop and submit plans for differentiated pay for educators. More than 70 school systems have complied so far. The plans can be seen here.
A bill to boost principals’ compensation was filed by a former school principal Feb. 25. S 121, Excellence in School Leadership Act, was sponsored by Sen. Jerry Tillman, (R-Randolph), and would appropriate $6 million in recurring funds to provide a 3 percent increase in the school based administrator salary schedule. The bill further provides another $2 million in recurring funds to provide an annual $2,000 bonus to principals whose schools exceed annual growth for student achievement. The bill also directs a legislative study on excellence in school leadership with a mandated report to the General Assembly by Dec. 31, 2015. You can read the bill here.
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Submitted by Evelyn Hawthorne
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