Summary of the House Committee Version of the Bill


SPONSOR:  Shields (Baker)

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Education
by a vote of 19 to 3.

This substitute requires successor school districts to ensure
access to the continuation of health care for retired teachers
and employees of a district that lapses, is merged or divided, or
otherwise loses its corporate structure, if the original district
provided health care benefits at the time of its dissolution.

The proration factor is removed from the career ladder
entitlement line in the School Funding Formula, and speech
pathologists who hold both a teaching certificate and a
certificate of clinical competence qualify for stage III of the
career ladder under certain circumstances.  The provision
concerning the proration factor for career ladder contains an
emergency clause.

The substitute permits districts to offer hiring incentives and
salary schedule modifications under certain circumstances to both
tenured and probationary teachers.  Districts meeting certain
financial criteria that place contracted teachers on leave more
than 40 days after the education appropriations bill is signed
must pay the teachers the greater of the salary for days worked
or $3,000.  Teachers whose contracts are not renewed because of
certain conditions that have a bearing on financial resources
will receive notice of the reason.  "Teacher" is defined to
include certificated teachers who teach at the prekindergarten
level in all districts except St. Louis City.  The threshold for
job-sharing is lowered from 17 to 15 hours per week for
retirement calculations.  Districts will not be reimbursed by the
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for more than
one A+ program coordinator based on the number of students.
School district officials, like officials of other political
subdivisions, are currently limited to $1,500 per annum in the
amount they can accept for performing services for or making
sales to their district; the substitute raises the amount for
school boards to $5,000.

The substitute prohibits public school personnel from performing
strip searches on students and from requiring students to remove
religious emblems or garments if they are worn in a nondisruptive
manner.  School bus drivers over the age of 70 will continue to
be re-examined annually, but the background check will occur
every three years instead of annually.  School districts that
permit students to claim excused absences for athletics or other
extracurricular activities must let students who participate in
Future Farmers of America, 4-H, and similar organized
competitions to attend competitions when the board policy permits
and the sponsoring school employee approves.  Students in these
instances may be counted for average daily attendance.

FISCAL NOTE:  Estimated Cost on General Revenue Fund of
$3,947,351 to Unknown in FY 2005, $5,447,351 to Unknown in FY
2006, and $5,447,351 to Unknown in FY 2007.  Estimated Cost to
Other State Funds of $10,000 in FY 2005, $0 in FY 2006, and $0 in
FY 2007.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that SB 969 addresses concerns with
the career ladder by making benefits more certain and providing
the same benefits for qualified speech pathologists as for
National Board certified teachers.

Supporters of SB 968 say that the bill is designed to encourage
school boards to make their decision to reduce staff early.

Testifying for the bills were Senator Shields; Missouri State
Teachers Association; Missouri National Education Association;
School Administrators Coalition; and Missouri School Boards
Association.  Testifying for SB 969 were Rolla Public Schools;
and Missouri Speech, Hearing, and Language Association.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Becky DeNeve, Senior Legislative Analyst

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Missouri House of Representatives
92nd General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session
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