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Teaching Quality--Reduction in Force


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State Status/Date Level Summary
CASigned into law 08/2013P-12Terminology in Reduction in Force Procedures
S.B. 546
From bill summary: Changes the phrase "accusation" to "District Statement of Reduction in Force," and "Notice of Defense" to "Notice of Participation in Reduction in Force Hearing" in provisions relating to the termination of a certificated employee due to a r...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Teacher Evaluations and Teacher Development, Employment Decisions
H.B. 2012 - Teacher Evaluations and Teacher Development, Employment Decisions
Provides that each teacher is entitled to receive a written copy of his/her evaluation promptly on its completion. Requires that, in addition to conducting an annual performance appraisal (or less frequently, under certain circumstances) of each teacher, appro...

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TNSigned into law 05/2013P-12Teacher Dismissal
H.B. 1112
Amends regulations related to teachers dismissed due to a reduction in force, rehiring processes for those dismissed. Specifies that when it is necessary to reduce the number of teaching or nonlicensed positions in a school system because of a decrease in enro...

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IDSigned into law 03/2013P-12Reduction in Teacher Force
H.B. 261
Amends the decision to institute a reduction in force and the selection of an employee or employees subject to such reduction to be at the sole discretion of the board of trustees, except for decisions as to which employee or employees will be subject to such ...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12
Community College
Notice of Layoff to Classified Employees
A.B. 1908
From bill summary: Requires that written notice be given to a classified employee of a school district or community college district subject to layoff not less than 60 days before the effective layoff date if the termination date of a specially funded program ...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12
Community College
Reemployed Worker Who Failes to Complete Probationary Period in New Position
A.B. 2307
From bill summary: Existing law requires that persons laid off because of lack of work or funds in a school district or community college district that has adopted the merit system be eligible for reemployment for a period of 39 months. New provision requires ...

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PASigned into law 07/2012P-12Employment Pool
H.B. 1307 - Multiple Provisions
Creates professional and temporary employment pool for employees from a district where students have been reassigned to another district. Employees in the pool must be offered employment by an district receiving students who have been reassigned to whenever th...

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MASigned into law 06/2012P-12Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems
S.B. 2315
Requires the State Board to establish and maintain a data system for the purpose of assessing the effectiveness of district evaluation systems in assuring effective teaching and administrative leadership. Requires that such information be made publicly availab...

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TNSigned into law 05/2012P-12Teacher Tenure
S.B. 2693
Provides that a tenured teacher dismissed because of abolition of a position shall be placed on a list for reemployment in the first vacancy the teacher is qualified by training and experience to fill. Forbids director of schools or board of education from usi...

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GASigned into law 05/2012P-12Reductions in Force
S.B. 184 - Reductions in Force
Section 2: Prohibits a local board from adopting or implementing a policy that allows length of service to be the primary or sole determining factor when implementing a reduction in force. Requires the local board to consider as the primary factor educator per...

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GASigned into law 05/2012P-12Administrator Contracts, RIFs, Furlough Days
S.B. 153
Replaces reference to "principal" with reference to "administrator" in certain provisions pertaining to actions to terminate or suspend a school employee's contract. Provides that actions to terminate or suspend contracts due to staff reductions incurred by lo...

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LASigned into law 04/2012P-12Teacher Reduction in Force and Dismissals
H.B. 974 - RIF Section
Requires school boards to adopt policies that delegate reduction in force to local superintendents to dismiss teachers and other employees. Requires reduction in force policies to be based solely upon demand, performance, and effectiveness, as determined by t...

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OHRepealed by referedum 11/2011P-12Reductions in Force
S.B. 5 - Reductions in Force
Allows a public employer to determine the basis for selection, retention and promotion of employees, unless the public employer specifically agrees otherwise in an express written provision of a collective bargaining agreement. http://www.legislature.state.oh....

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MISigned into law 07/2011P-12Teacher and Administrator Evaluation/Governor's Council on Educator Effectiveness
H.B. 4627
From Legislative Staff Summary - Specifies provisions that must apply to personnel decisions concerning teachers when a school district or intermediate school district (ISD) conducts a staffing or program reduction or otherwise makes a personnel determination ...

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CASigned into law 07/2011P-12Rehiring Laid-Off Teachers
A.B. 1269
Amends provisions related to rehiring of laid-off teachers. Deletes provisions requiring that reemployment be in the reverse order of layoff, and instead requires that reemployment be in order of seniority. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_1251-...

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TXSigned into law 07/2011P-12Reduction in Force
S.B. 8 - Reduction in Force
Repeals provision requiring reduction in force to be made in the reverse order of seniority. Replaces with provision that reductions in force must be made primarily based on teacher appraisals and other criteria as determined by the board. Pages 5-6 of 19: htt...

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TXSigned into law 07/2011P-12Termination/Nonrenewal of Teacher Contracts
S.B. 8 - Termination/Nonrenewal of Teacher Contracts
From bill summary: Changes the deadline by which a district board of trustees is required to notify a teacher employed under a probationary contract and a teacher whose contract is about to expire of its decision to terminate the teacher's employment at the en...

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NHBecame law without governor's signature 07/2011P-12Regulations for Nonrenomination or Nonreelection of Teachers
S.B. 196
Amends the length of time required for a teacher to be entitled to the rights of notification and hearing for failure to be renominated or reelected. Declares that in cases of nonrenomination or nonreelection because of reduction in force, the reduction in for...

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INSigned into law 07/2011P-12Reduction in Force
S.B. 1 - Reduction in Force
From bill summary: Requires reduction in force to be based on performance. Requires that teachers subject to dismissal because of reduction in force be notified between May 1-July 1. Authorizes all teachers who are to be dismissed to request a conference with ...

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OHSigned into law 06/2011P-12Seniority Removed as Decisionmaking Factor
H.B. 153 - Seniority Removed as Decisionmaking Factor
Specifies that seniority may not be the basis to retain a teacher, except when making a decision between teachers with comparable evaluations. Removes language that in any reduction in force, a service center must suspend contracts in accordance with the recom...

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ILSigned into law 06/2011P-12Seniority Should Not Be Used in Hiring Decisions
S.B. 7 - Seniority Should Not Be Used in Hiring Decisions
(Does not apply to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), as CPS already requires hiring for new and vacant positions to be based on seniority.) Specifies that selection of a candidate for a new or vacant teaching position must be based on consideration of factors incl...

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ILSigned into law 06/2011P-12Reductions in Force and Teacher Recalls
S.B. 7 - Reductions in Force and Teacher Recalls
(Does not apply to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), as CPS is already required to base layoffs on performance rather than seniority.) Makes changes to reduction in force procedures effective with the 2011-12 school term. Amends teacher notification processes. For...

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NVSigned into law 06/2011P-12Teacher and Administrator Evaluations and Employment
A.B. 229
Expands the requirements of the annual reports of accountability to include a reporting of the number and percentages of administrators, teachers, and other staff for each elementary school, middle school or junior high school and high school and for each scho...

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UTSigned into law 03/2011P-12Teacher Layoff and Teacher Tenure
S.B. 73
Prohibits districts from using a last-hired-first-fired layoff policy when terminating school district employees. Permits a district to consider the results of an employee's performance evaluation and a school's personnel needs when terminating an employee. Du...

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FLSigned into law 03/2011P-12Workforce Reductions
S.B. 736 - Workforce Reductions
Repeals existing provisions requiring that workforce reductions be made pursuant to collective bargaining agreements, where such exist. Provides that if workforce reduction is needed, local boards must retain employees based on educational program needs and pe...

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IDRejected by voters 03/2011P-12Renewable Contracts
S.B. 1108
Section 33-515 states that it is the intent of the legislature that after January 31, 2011, no new employment contract between a school district and a certificated employee shall result in the vesting of tenure, continued expectations of employment or property...

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NYEmergency Rule Adoption 05/2010P-12Teacher Certification
Title 8 NYCRR Section 80-4.3
From administrative register: The purpose of the proposed amendment is to provide flexibility from the current teacher certification requirements to allow districts and BOCES to reassign effective classroom teachers to another grade level during this demonstra...

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AZSigned into law 08/2009P-12Teacher employment
H.B. 2011--Section 14
Section 5. H--Notwithstanding any other law, a school district or charter school shall not adopt policies that provide employment retention priority for teachers based on tenure or seniority.
http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/3s/laws/0012.pdf...

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WAAdopted 07/2009P-12Teacher RIF
WAC 181-79A-250
Stipulates that, given current budget constraints, teachers who are unemployed or subject to reduction- in-force are granted an additional two-year renewal within nine years of the date of their last employment.
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/...

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ORRejected by voters 08/2008P-12Teaching Quality Requirements & Pay
Ballot Measure 60
Enacts the Kids First Act; requires that pay raises for public school teachers shall be based upon each teacher's classroom performance and not related to or connected to his or her seniority; provides that if a school district reduces its teaching staff, the ...

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TNSigned into law 02/2008P-12Reduction in Number of Teachers
S.B. 2629
Present law allows a local board of education to dismiss any teacher if it becomes necessary to reduce the number of teaching positions due to a decrease in enrollment or for other good reasons. A tenured teacher who has been dismissed under such circumstances...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12Educational Support Personnel Employees
S.B. 1560
Relates to a section concerning educational support personnel employees. Provides that if the hours the employee works are reduced for certain reasons, then written notice must be given to the employee. Provides that if a reduction in hours is due to an unfore...

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NYVetoed 08/2007P-12Service Credit for Laid-Off Teachers
A.B. 8445
Allows former members of the New York city teachers' retirement system who were suspended because of fiscal measures taken by New York city to obtain service credit. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A08445&sh=t...

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INSigned into law 04/2007P-12Nonrenewal of a Teacher's Contract
H.B. 1489
Allows a nonpermanent teacher ten days to request a conference with the governing body after receiving a notice of nonrenewal of the teacher's contract; provides that the governing body may not take action concerning the nonrenewal of the teacher's contract un...

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IDSigned into law 03/2007P-12District Consolidation
S.B. 1067
Revises school district consolidation plan requirements; provides for payment of costs for feasibility studies and plans per school district that proposes to consolidate; provides that the board of school districts newly formed through consolidation may make s...

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LASigned into law 12/2005P-12Retirement Benefits
H.B. 18A
Allows a member of any state or statewide public retirement system on involuntary furlough or leave without pay due to a gubernatorially declared disaster or emergency to purchase credit for the period of the furlough or such leave by paying the required emplo...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12School Districts
S.B. 1042
Requires school districts to have a reduction in force policy in each school district based upon objective criteria for a layoff and recall of employees.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2005/public/sb1042.pdf...

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VASigned into law 02/2001P-12Reduction in Force Notification
H.B. 1983
Directs any school board in a county having the urban county executive form of government to notify by May 15 those teachers who may be subject to a reduction in force due to a decrease in the school board's budget....

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