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Leadership--District Superintendent


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State Status/Date Level Summary
LASigned into law 06/2014P-12Approval or Renewal of a Superintendent's Contract
H.B. 179
Requires a school superintendent, prior to the board's approval of an initial or renewal of a contract of employment, to disclose all terms of such a contract to the board. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=913715&n=HB179%20Act%20548...

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MOTo governor 06/2014P-12Sharing Superintendents
S.B. 701
Allows two or more school districts to share a superintendent who possesses a valid Missouri superintendent's license.
http://legiscan.com/MO/text/SB701/id/1018551/Missouri-2014-SB701-Enrolled.pdf ...

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OKSigned into law 05/2014P-12Repeals Office of County Superintendent
H.B. 2354
Repeals office of county superintendent of schools.
http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2013-14%20ENR/hB/HB2354%20ENR.PDF...

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KYSigned into law 04/2014P-12School Superintendent Training
H.B. 154 - School Superintendent Training
Directs that continuing professional development requirements for school superintendents include, at a minimum, 3 hours of annual training in school finance and 3 hours of annual training in ethics. http://legiscan.com/KY/text/HB154/2014...

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KYSigned into law 04/2014P-12Training and Assessment of New Superintendents
H.B. 75
Amends provisions related to the department of education's Superintendents Training Program and Assessment Center. Expands the number of components within the superintendent's training program and assessment center; includes among expanded components an execut...

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IDSigned into law 03/2014P-12Record Augmentation on Appeal
S.B. 1342
Provides for record augmentation on appeal when a certificated professional employee is suspended, granted leave of absence, placed on probation or discharged for a material violation of any lawful rules or regulations of the board of trustees or of the state ...

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NYSigned into law 06/2013P-12Training in Social Patterns of Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination for Educator Certification
S.B. 5558
Extends to December 31, 2013 the deadline by which school professionals applying for certification (including for service as a classroom teacher, school counselor, school psychologist, school social worker, school administrator or supervisor or superintendent ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Teaching and Learning Conditions Survey
H.B. 2012 - Teaching and Learning Conditions Survey
Directs the commissioner of education to develop an online survey to be administered statewide at least every other year to superintendents, principals, supervisors, classroom teachers, counselors, and other appropriate certified, full-time professionals. Requ...

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INSigned into law 05/2013P-12Superintendent Qualifications and Teacher Licensure
H.B. 1357
Provides that a district superintendent is not required to hold a teacher's or superintendent's license, but is required to have obtained at least a master's degree from an accredited postsecondary educational institution. Repeals a requirement that a county s...

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MEVetoed 05/2013P-12Superintendents Living Out of District
H.P. 10
Prohibits a local board from requiring that a superintendent reside in the school administrative unit. http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0010&item=1&snum=126...

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WYSigned into law 03/2013P-12Teacher/Leader Evaluation System
H.B. 72
Delays implementation of phase II of the statewide education accountability system pertaining to teacher and school leader evaluation by providing a phased-in approach over the course of a four-year period commencing school year 2013-2014. Establishes goals an...

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CASigned into law 07/2012P-12Evaluation of Appointed Administrator for Emergency Apportionment District
A.B. 2278
From bill summary: Authorizes the governing board of a qualifying district, after one complete fiscal year has elapsed following the district's acceptance of an emergency apportionment, to conduct an annual advisory evaluation of the administrator appointed by...

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PASigned into law 07/2012P-12Superintendent Contracts
H.B. 1307 - Multiple Provisions
Requires written contracts of employment for district superintendents and assistant superintendents and details mandatory requirements of those contracts. Places a cap on the amount of any severance agreement for a superintendent. Allows contracts to include w...

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TNSigned into law 06/2012P-12Local Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents
H.B. 1901 - Sections 1003, 1073, 1076-1078, 1080 & 2104
Sec. 1003 requires the Department of Education, upon request, to confirm an individual satisfies the eligibility requirements for election or appointment as a superintendent. Extends eligibility to an individual who holds a juris doctorate degree from an accre...

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OKSigned into law 06/2012P-12Superintendent Certification and Moratorium on National Board Certification Bonuses
H.B. 2790
Extends the moratorium on National Board certification bonuses for newly certified teachers another year. The state board will not provide a $5,000 bonus through June 30, 2013, to any teacher who obtains National Board certification between June 30, 2010, and ...

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CTSigned into law 05/2012P-12Acting Superintendent Term Limits
S.B. 458
(Sec. 58) Extends the maximum duration of an acting superintendent's appointment from a specified period of up to 90 days, with commissioner-approved good cause extensions, to up to one school year. Makes the acting superintendent's term a probationary period;...

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GASigned into law 05/2012P-12Professional Learning Rules Task Force
S.B. 184 - Professional Learning Rules Task Force
Section 1: Directs the department of education to establish the Professional Learning Rules Task Force to review state board professional learning rules, review current research regarding professional learning and provide suggestions for revisions, and provide...

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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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MSSigned into law 04/2012P-12Annual Evaluation of School Superintendents
H.B. 447
Requires the local school board to conduct an annual comprehensive evaluation of the school superintendent consistent with the assessment components established by law and the assessment benchmarks established by the Mississippi school board association.
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GASigned into law 04/2012P-12Oath of Office for Local Superintendent
H.B. 706 - Oath of Office for Local Superintendent
Prior language required each county school superintendent to take an oath of office. New language replaces reference to "county school superintendent" with "local school superintendent" and specifies the language of the oath superintendents must take. Pages 2-...

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MSSigned into law 04/2012P-12Terminated or Nonrenewed School Superintendent cannot Request a Hearing
S.B. 2176
Amend Mississippi code to delete the right of a terminated or nonrenewed school superintendent to request a hearing before the school board or hearing officer.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2012/pdf/SB/2100-2199/SB2176SG.pdf...

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LASigned into law 04/2012P-12Local Superintendent, School Board and Principal Responsibilities, Authority
H.B. 974
Requires performance contracts for local superintendents in districts that receive a C, D or F grade. The contracts must establish performance targets at the school and district level to include: student achievement and graduation rates. Local superintendents ...

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INSigned into law 03/2012P-12Public Notice Regarding Hiring of Employees
H.B. 1205
Requires a school corporation to give public notice and hold a public meeting pertaining to a proposed superintendent employment contract. Provides that the public meeting must occur at least seven days before a contract for employment is entered. Provides tha...

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UTSigned into law 03/2012P-12Educator Evaluation
S.B. 64 - Educator Evaluation
Requires each district employee to be evaluated annually in accordance with state board rules. Requires provisional or probationary educators to be evaluated at least twice each school year. Establishes parameters for state board rules, including requiring a t...

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ARAdopted 02/2012P-12Establishes the Superintendent Mentoring Program
AR ADC 005.16.17-1.00 to AR ADC005.16.17-7.00
Requires, beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, that any first-year superintendent complete the superintendent mentoring program within twelve months of obtaining or maintaining employment as a superintendent to maintain his or her superintendent's license...

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CASigned into law 10/2011P-12Retirees' Return to Work
S.B. 349
Makes numerous changes to retirement provisions, including permitting a retired member of the State Teachers' Retirement System (STRS), pursuant to specified limitations, to perform the work of county and district superintendents who are responsible for the su...

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MISigned into law 07/2011P-12Intermediate School District Superintendent May Simultaneously Lead Local School District
H.B. 4232
Encourages the faithful performance of official duties by certain public officers and public employees. Prohibits a public officer or public employee from holding two or more incompatible offices at the same time. Specifies that the prohibition would not prohi...

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MISigned into law 07/2011P-12Intermediate School District Superintendents
H.B. 4233
Allows a school district, instead of directly employing a superintendent of schools, to contract with its intermediate school district (ISD) for the ISD superintendent to serve as the school district's superintendent of schools or for the ISD to provide anothe...

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MISigned into law 07/2011P-12Intermediate School District Superintendent
H.B. 4234
Amends state law prohibiting a public servant from being a party to any contract between himself/herself and the public entity of which he/she is an officer or employee, to specify that this prohibition could not be construed to prohibit an intermediate school...

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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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TXSigned into law 07/2011P-12Superintendent Contracts in Districts Undergoing Reduction in Force
S.B. 8 - Superintendent Contracts in Districts Undergoing Reduction in Force
On the basis of a declared financial exigency that requires a reduction in personnel, authorizes a district board of trustees to amend the terms of the contract of a superintendent employed under a term contract. Permits a superintendent whose contract is so a...

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ALTo governor 06/2011P-12Filling Superintendent Vacancies
H.B. 455
Relates to the posting of notices of vacancies in the positions of appointed county superintendent of education and appointed city superintendent of education. Extends the deadline for the local board of education to fill the position of superintendent from 12...

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ARSigned into law 03/2011P-12Superintendent Mentoring Program
S.B. 344
Directs the Department of Education to develop and sponsor a superintendent mentoring program for first-year superintendents that includes: (A) Curriculum and instruction; (B) Ethics; (C) Facilities; (D) Human resources; (E) Leadership; (F) School funding; and...

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GAAdopted 03/2011P-12Performance-Based Coaching Programs
H.R. 491
Strongly encourages the development of performance-based coaching programs that are designed for principals and district administrators to impact school-wide improvement by developing the organizational culture and the capacity of other educators to improve te...

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ILSigned into law 08/2010P-12Qualifications for an administrative certificate
S.B. 3681 - Section 105 ILCS 5/21-7.1
Amends qualifications for an administrative certificate. Provides that a candidate may possess either a master's degree or its equivalent.
Pages 23-36 of 51: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/96/SB/PDF/09600SB3681lv.pdf...

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ILSigned into law 07/2010P-12Superintendent and Chief School Business Official Endorsements
S.B. 2537
Provides that one of the paths by which an administrative certificate recipient may also earn the chief school business official endorsement is if, in addition to the standing requirement of a master's degree in business administration, finance or accounting, ...

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GASigned into law 05/2010P-12Local Board Members and Local Superintendents
S.B. 84
Requires local board member who moves out of local board jurisdiction to notify the local board secretary within 10 days of such move. Allows employees of private K-12 schools to serve on local school boards.

Defines "immediate family member" as spouse, chil...

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CTSigned into law 05/2010P-12Superintendent Certificate Reciprocity
S.B. 438 - Sec. 2
Permits the commissioner of education to, upon request of a local or regional board of education, grant a waiver of certification to a person who has successfully completed at least 3 years of experience as a certified administrator with a superintendent certi...

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KYSigned into law 04/2010P-12Evaluation of District Superintendents
S.B. 178
Relates to evaluation of superintendents of schools. Distinguishes the evaluation requirements for the local superintendent from those for other school personnel (previous legislation applied to all certified school personnel, including superintendents). Requi...

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ALSigned into law 03/2010P-12
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Community College
Vacancies in Leadership Positions
H.B. 79
Amends Sections 16-4-1.1 and 16-60-111.1. Requires the state board to post a vacancy notice for the position of state superintendent of education or chancellor on the Internet. Requires vacancy notice for chancellor's position to be additionally posted at each...

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TXAdopted 10/2009P-12Superintendent Certificate
19 TAC 7.242.242.1, .5, .10, .15, .20, .25, .30
Amends rules that provide for the establishment of requirements for the issuance and renewal of the superintendent certificate. Pages 6-7 of 10: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/pdf/backview/1016/1016adop.pdf...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Leadership of Districts in Financial Trouble
H.B. 2674
Authorizes a district under the authority of a Financial Oversight Panel to appoint a district superintendent with a specified certification or a chief executive officer upon expiration of the current superintendent's contract. Requires the superintendent or c...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Salary and Collective Bargaining Information
S.B. 2270
Requires school districts to post on their Web site an itemized salary compensation report for every administrative employee in the district, including the superintendent. Requires the report to include base salary, bonuses, pension contributions, retirement i...

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NYSigned into law 08/2009P-12Community Superintendents
A.B. 8903 - Community Superintendents
Amends provisions regarding community superintendents in New York City. Clarifies that a community superintendent's delegation of powers or duties is at the community superintendent's sole discretion. Adds that (1) screening committees to appoint supervisory s...

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NYSigned into law 08/2009P-12New York City Schools Chancellor
A.B. 8903 - New York City Schools Chancellor
Adds to the powers and duties of the New York City Schools chancellor, authorizing the chancellor to:
--Prepare an educational impact statement regarding any proposed school closing or significant change in school utilization, including the phase-out, grade r...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Educator Standards Board
H.B. 1 - Section 3319.60, 3319.61
Amends the membership of the educator standards board (ESB). Specifies that board membership must reflect the diversity of the state in terms of gender, race, ethnic background and geographic distribution. Among other changes, adds to the board an individual e...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Education Standards Board Subcommittees
H.B. 1 - Section 3319.611, 3319.612, and 3319.63
3319.611: Establishes the subcommittee on standards for superintendents of the education standards board (ESB). Establishes subcommittee membership. Provides that the subcommittee must assist the ESB in developing the standards for superintendents and with any...

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GASigned into law 05/2009P-12Anti-Nepotism Provisions
H.B. 251 Section 2
Defines immediate family member. Effective with local board members elected or appointed after July 2009, bars an individual who has an immediate family member on a local board or serving as the district superintendent or as a principal, assistant principal or...

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LASigned into law 06/2008P-12Duties of a Superintendent
H.B. 306
Makes provisions relative to certain duties of a local public school superintendent, including but not limited to serving as school board secretary, applicable to Orleans Parish by removing certain exceptions, prohibitions and alternative requirements. http://...

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ALVetoed 05/2008P-12Posting Notices of Vacant Positions
H.B. 222
Requires the posting of notices of vacancies in the offices of State Superintendent of Education, county superintendent of education, city superintendent of education, Chancellor of Postsecondary Education, and the chief executive officer of any two-year schoo...

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GAAdopted 12/2007P-12Teacher Certification
GAC 505-2-.10, -.26, -.96, -.150, -.166, -.167, -.202,-.300, -.350, -.351, -.352, -.353, - .354, -.355; 505-3-.62, -.63
505-2-.10: Adds provisions and clarification for National Guard personnel to apply for JROTC instructor positions, which is now authorized by the Department of Defense. http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/docs/505/2/10.pdf

505-2-.26: Makes available an optional Comp...

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PASigned into law 07/2007P-12Leadership
H.B. 842, Sections on Leadership
Section 3 is amended to require that any superintendent candidate has completed a program that included the Pennsylvania leadership standards or an equivalent program. Also requires the completion of an induction program of not more than 36 hours in any one ye...

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ILSigned into law 06/2006P-12Duties of School Boards
H.B. 4310
Requires school board members other than of the Chicago Board of Education to take an oath of office. Sets forth the contents of that oath. Specifies that the local board must direct the superintendent in his or her administration of the school district, inclu...

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OKSigned into law 05/2006P-12Superintendent Residency
S.B. 1291
Authorizes district school boards to establish a policy for superintendent residency.
http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/2005-06bills/SB/sb1291_enr.rtf...

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VTSigned into law 05/2006P-12Student and Parent Awareness
H.B. 538
Directs the commissioner of education to send annually to each superintendent a list of information that schools must provide to the electorate, community members, parents and students under state and federal law. Directs school boards to inform high school st...

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LASigned into law 07/2005P-12Employment and Removal of Superintendent
H.B. 429
Relative to the employment and removal of a superintendent of schools by a local public school board, provides for such employment pursuant to a written employment contract that includes specific performance objectives; grants certain rights under specified ci...

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ARSigned into law 03/2005P-12Educational Financial Accounting and Reporting
H.B. 1568
Expands upon the Arkansas Educational Financial Accounting and Reporting Act of 2004. Requires charter schools to follow the financial reporting procedures required of public school districts. Expands upon and clarifies initial and ongoing training requirement...

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KYSigned into law 04/2004P-12Education Professional Standards Board
H.B. 152
Updates language relating to a superintendent's certificate and the role of the Education Professional Standards Board; clarifies timelines, deletes obsolete statements; provides gender neutral language to provisions governing school district superintendents. ...

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NYSigned into law 11/2003P-12Salary Cap for a District Superintendent
S.B. 4452
Relates to setting of salary cap for a district superintendent beginning in 2003-2004 which is either 106% of the cap in the preceding year or 98% of the commissioner's salary in the 2003-2004 school year, whichever is less; provides that an employee of a boar...

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OKSigned into law 05/2003P-12
H.B. 1438
The requirements for a certificate for superintendents and principal are to include not less than completion of a standard master's degree, completion of a program in education administration approved by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation with an ...

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NMSigned into law 03/2003P-12Duties of the Superintendent
H.B. 212 (Omnibus Bill)
Adds Section 22-5-14. Specifies that the superintendent is the CEO of the district. Duties are to carry out policies and rules of the state board and the local board; administer and supervise the district; employ, fix salaries of, assign, terminate or discha...

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UTSigned into law 03/2003P-12Non-Traditional Superintendents
H.B. 149
Relates to school district administrator amendments; allows a local board to hire a superintendent with outstanding professional qualifications who does not hold an administrative or supervisory license....

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AZSigned into law 05/2002P-12Duties and Powers of County Superintendent
H.B. 2284
Designates the office of county school superintendent as a local education service agency that is eligible to provide programs to school districts and charter schools within the county; authorizes the superintendent to provide discretionary programs and establ...

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MEPublic Law No. 04/2002P-12Duties of Board Members and Superintendents
S.B. 791
Relates to the local governance of school administrative units; clarify that the primary role and responsibilities of school board members are to serve as policymakers for the school administrative units and that the role and responsibilities of school superin...

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TNSigned into law 04/2002P-12Transfer of Employees
S.B. 2175
Provides that the Director of Schools rather than the board of education would have the authority to transfer teachers from one
position to another at his or her option. http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/Chapter/PC0586.pdf...

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VASigned into law 03/2002P-12Superintendent Contracts
H.B. 434, S.B. 439
Makes the implementation of any superintendent resignation, retirement, or other financial package and contract negotiation or renegotiation by a school board whose members are elected in whole or in part and of which one or more member's term is to expire wit...

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TNSigned into law 05/2001P-12Hiring of Superintendents
H.B. 389
Requires boards of education to announce when applications for superintendent are to be submitted and when superintendent will be employed. - Amends TCA Section 49-2-203....

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WYSigned into law 02/2001P-12Superintendents Exempt From Requirements
S.B. 126
Exempts district superintendents from certification requirements by the Wyoming professional teaching standards board....

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KYSigned into law 04/2000P-12Superintendent Contracts
H.B. 420
Permits a local board to enter into a contract with a superintendent of schools for a term of no more than 3 years that is extended annually for a 1 year period upon evaluation and approval of the board; specifies procedures for contract extensions....

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