** GLMA Legislative Update **
Media Center Expenditure Control Waiver HB 178, a bill that was originally intended to extend the capitol outlay program, was amended last week to include the expenditure control waivers (direct instructional, media center, and staff and professional development costs) for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years. This legislation passed both chambers Friday evening and is now in the hands of the Governor. You can review the conference committee report – HERE (waiver language is under Section 8).
National Board Certification Salary Incentive HB 243, legislation that grandfathers in NBC teachers who are currently receiving the salary increase and those in the pipeline as of 3/1/09, passed at 11:19 p.m. Friday. Last week we reported that the Senate amended this legislation to coincide with the amount of funds they appropriated for the program in the FY10 budget, calculating the 10% on the base starting salary schedule. Friday evening, after the House disagreed with this amendment, the Senate receded from their version of the bill, allowing the bill to pass in it’s original version as passed by the House on March 12th.
Contract Deadline Extension Also on Friday, the House agreed to the Senate version of HB 455 which 1) extends the contract deadline from April 15 to May 15 for the 09-10 school year, 2) removes sunset provisions for the Master Teacher program, and 3) allows teachers obtaining leadership certificates to receive a salary supplement only if they are employed in a leadership position, grandfathering in those already receiving the the salary incentive.
Yesterday, Governor Perdue signed HB 455 into law. We will continue to send updates on legislation that passed on Friday, the final day of the session.
Michelle & Lasa