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From the ECS State Policy Database
Teaching Quality--Tenure or Continuing Contract


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State Status/Date Level Summary
VASigned into law 02/2014P-12Teacher Dismissal
H.B. 977/S.B. 43
Extends from five business days to 10 business days the deadline for a teacher to request a hearing after receiving written notice of a recommendation of dismissal
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?141+ful+HB977ER+pdf...

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CAVetoed 10/2013P-12Suspension or Dismissal of District Employees
A.B. 375
From bill summary: Provides that a notice from a district governing board to an employee of its intention to dismiss or suspend the employee, together with written charges filed or formulated pursuant to those procedures, are sufficient to initiate a hearing. ...

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NCSigned into law 07/2013P-12Teacher Contracts
S.B. 402
Eliminates career status over a five-year period and requires that all teachers be employed on contract. Local boards of education must employ teachers upon the recommendation of the superintendent. Teachers employed fewer than three years by a local board may...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Time Frame for Commissioner to Issue a Decision in an Appeal
H.B. 2952
Requires the commissioner of education to issue a decision in certain appeals against a school district not later than the 240th day after the date the appeal is filed. Permits the parties to the appeal to agree in writing to extend, by not more than 60 days, ...

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COSigned into law 05/2013P-12Confidentiality of K-12 Educator Performance Data
H.B. 1220
Authorizes access to a teacher's evaluation reports for an individual responsible for reviewing a nonprobationary teacher's appeal. Provides nothing in statute prohibits a district or board of cooperative services (BOCES) from collecting information on an indi...

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SCSigned into law 05/2013P-12Teacher Employment
H.J.R. 3453
Requires local school districts to notify teachers of their employment for the 2013-2014 academic year by May 5, 2013. Provides that a continuing contract teacher who is being recommended for formal evaluation the following school year must be notified in writ...

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AZSigned into law 05/2013P-12Modifies Teacher Dismissal Policies
H.B. 2500 - Tenure
Modifies teacher dismissal and nonrenewal policies and procedures (see companion policy record for evaluation elements).
·          Replaces references to "certificated teacher who has not been employed by the school district for more than the major portion of...

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TNSigned into law 04/2013P-12Continuing Employment
S.B. 233
Gives local school districts the option of continuing the employment of a non-tenured teacher who was not offered the option of employment with the Achievement School District (ASD) or the operating entity of a school transferred into the ASD.
http://www.capit...

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VASigned into law 03/2013P-12School personnel evaluation policies and grievance procedures.
H.B. 2151/S.B. 1223
Makes several changes to the processes by which teachers and certain administrators are evaluated and to the grievance procedure process. Requires teachers, assistant principals, and principals to be evaluated every year, either formally or informally, and suc...

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NJSigned into law 08/2012P-12Teacher Evaluation and Tenure
S 1455
Creates the Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey (TEACHNJ) Act.

Defines "evaluation" as a process based on the individual's job description, professional standards and Statewide evaluation criteria that incorporates analysis...

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SCSigned into law 06/2012P-12Teacher Induction Period
H.B. 3028
Extends the induction contract period from one year to three years. After three years, a teacher is eligible for employment at the annual contract level. http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess119_2011-2012/bills/3028.htm...

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OHSigned into law 06/2012P-12Teacher and Administrator (Not Superintendent) Contract Renewal/Non-Renewal
S.B. 316 - Teacher and Administrator (Not Superintendent) Contract Renewal/Non-Renewal
From final bill analysis: Extends the deadlines for a district or educational service center (ESC) to notify a teacher or administrator that the person's contract will not be renewed for the following school year, as follows: (1) From April 30 to June 1, in th...

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TXAdopted 05/2012P-12Hearings and Appeals
19 TAC 157.1041, 1055, 1071, 1072, 1081, 1082, 1083, 1084, 1101, 1102,1103
Amends various sections concerning hearings and appeals that address general provisions for hearings before the commissioner of education, specific appeals to the commissioner, hearings of appeals arising under federal law and regulations, and hearings conduct...

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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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CTSigned into law 05/2012P-12Teacher Tenure
S.B. 458
(Sec. 57) Requires school superintendents to incorporate evaluations into decisions about granting tenure to all certified professional school board employees below the rank of school superintendent who are defined collectively as "teachers" and gives local an...

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MNSigned into law 04/2012P-12Nonrenewal and Suspensions of Teacher Contracts
H.F. 2949
Amends the date by which a local board must notify a probationary teacher of nonrenewal of teacher's contract for the following school year, from June to July 1.
[Article 2, Sec. 5, Subd. 5]

Provides that, for teachers charged with felonies that are grounds f...

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TNSigned into law 04/2012P-12Teacher Suspension, Dismissal
H.B. 2237
Provides a director of schools may suspend a teacher at any time that may seem necessary prior to dismissal occurring, pending investigation. Finds teacher shall be paid if reinstated. Details redress privileges of tenured teachers.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/...

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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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LASigned into law 04/2012P-12Teacher Tenure, Dismisal and Evaluation
H.B. 974
Eliminates teacher tenure for new employees hired after July 2012. Teachers rated highly effective for five years within a six-year period will be granted tenure, other teachers remain at-will employees. Tenured teachers rated ineffective will lose tenure. Tea...

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KYSigned into law 04/2012P-12Assignment of Certified or Classified Staff to Alternative Education Programs
H.B. 168
Defines "alternative education program." Prohibits a superintendent from assigning an employee to an alternative education program in the disposition of any disciplinary action involving the employee, or as part of a corrective action plan established pursuant...

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NYSigned into law 03/2012P-12Hearing Officers and Disciplinary Hearings
A.B. 9057 - Hearing Officers and Disciplinary Hearings
Part 2, Section 1: Amends provisions related to disciplinary hearings for school employees with tenure. Amends provisions related to the compensation and mutual identification of hearing officers. Directs the commissioner of education to establish a schedule f...

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TNSigned into law 03/2012P-12Teacher Evaluations- Transfer
H.B. 2328
Requires local boards of education to consider a transferring teacher's evaluations from a prior LEA in making tenure decisions. Allows the local board to shorten the probationary period for a teacher transferring into the LEA under certain circumstances.
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VASigned into law 03/2012P-12Teachers; Date Changes for Contract Renewal for Those Without Continuing Contract Status
S.B. 278/H.B. 76
Shifts the date of effective contract renewal for those teachers without continuing contract status from April 15 to June 15. This bill is identical to HB 76.
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?121+ful+SB278ER+pdf...

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SDRejected by voters 03/2012P-12Teacher Tenure
H.B. 1234
Provides that any teacher who is not in or beyond the fourth consecutive term of employment with the school district prior to July 1, 2016, will receive a contract for a period of employment up to one year and will be considered non-tenured. (Sec. 47)

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WISigned into law 02/2012P-12Notification of nonrewal or renewal
S.B. 2 - Contract Renewal Elements
Moves date for notification of teacher contract renewals/nonrenewals from March 15 to May 15.
https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/related/acts/114...

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OHRepealed by referendum 11/2011P-12Teacher Tenure
S.B. 5 - Teacher Tenure
Abolishes continuing contracts for teachers, except for those continuing contracts in existence prior to the effective date of the bill. Revises the law relating to limited contracts. For teachers holding contracts prior to the effective date of amendments, co...

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OHRepealed by referendum 11/2011P-12Teacher, Principal, Superintendent and Other Employee Compensation
S.B. 5 - Compensation sections
--Public employee pay: Does away with salary schedules and replaces with salary "ranges." Requires performance-based pay for teachers and nonteaching school employees. Requires a school board to measure performance by considering the level of license the teach...

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MISigned into law 07/2011P-12Continuing Tenure of Certificated Teachers
H.B. 4625
From Legislative Staff Summary: Specifies that a probationary teacher rated as effective or highly effective is not subject to displacement by a tenured teacher solely because the other teacher is on continuing tenure. Increases the probationary period from fo...

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MISigned into law 07/2011P-12Amends Teacher Tenure Law
H.B. 4626
From Legislative Staff Summary - Allows a teacher on continuing tenure to be dismissed or demoted for a reason that is not arbitrary and capricious, rather than for reasonable and just cause. Revises the definition of "demote". Allows a controlling board to pl...

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MISigned into law 07/2011P-12Certain Subjects Excluded From Collective Bargaining Agreement
H.B. 4628
From Legislative Staff Summary - Amends the public employment relations Act to prohibit decisions about the following subjects from being included in collective bargaining between a public school employer and a representative of its employees: (1) Teacher plac...

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MNSigned into law 07/2011P-12Evaluations of Probationary Teachers
H.F. 26
Requires a school board to adopt a plan for at least three written periodic evaluations of probationary teachers throughout a school year. Requires the first evaluation to occur within the first 90 days of teaching service. (Article 2, Sec 12)
http://wdoc.hous...

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MNSigned into law 07/2011P-12Probationary Period, Discharge or Demotion
H.F. 26
For teachers in first class city school districts, requires a school board to adopt a plan for at least three written periodic evaluations of probationary teachers throughout a school year. Requires the first evaluation to occur within the first 90 days of tea...

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MNSigned into law 07/2011P-12Professional Development, Evaluation, and Peer Coaching
H.F. 26
Allows a school board and the exclusive representative of the teachers to develop through joint agreement a teacher evaluation and peer review process, premised on the content of this section, for probationary and continuing contract teachers.

Establishes an...

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TXSigned into law 07/2011P-12Voiding of Staff Contracts
S.B. 8 - Voiding and Nonrenewal of Staff Contracts
From bill summary: Revises and expand the grounds for rendering a district employee's probationary, continuing or term contract void on the basis of a failure to meet certain requirements relating to the employee's certification and revises a district's author...

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TXSigned into law 07/2011P-12Employees with Void Contracts
S.B. 8 - Employees with Void Contracts
From bill summary: Revises and expands the grounds for rendering a district employee's probationary, continuing or term contract void on the basis of a failure to meet certain requirements relating to the employee's certification and revises a district's autho...

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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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TXSigned into law 07/2011P-12Hearing on Proposed Nonrenewal of Teacher Contract
S.B. 8 - Hearing on Proposed Nonrenewal of Teacher Contract
From bill summary: Authorizes the board of trustees of a district with an enrollment of at least 5,000 students to designate a licensed attorney who is neither employed by nor affiliated with the district to hold a hearing on a proposed nonrenewal of a teacher...

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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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CTSigned into law 07/2011P-12Teaching Specialized Courses/Teacher Contract Renewal Notification
H.B. 6499 - Sec. 3, 14
Sec. 3 - Allows the Commissioner of Education, upon request from a board of education for a district that has a school with grades K-8, to permit a certified teacher employed by such board in such school who holds an endorsement in elementary education and who...

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CTSigned into law 07/2011P-12Secondary School Reform Act Delay/Teacher Evaluations/Tenure/Student Governance Councils/6th Grade Student Success Plan
H.B. 6498
Secondary School Reform Act - Delays by two years the implementation of the secondary school reform requirements enacted in 2010 that: (1) Increase the minimum number of credits required to graduate from high school; (2) Require school districts to offer stude...

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INSigned into law 07/2011P-12Teacher Evaluations and Renewal
S.B. 1--Teachers
Establishes an annual staff performance evaluation that categorizes teachers as highly effective, effective, improvement necessary, or ineffective. Allows school corporations to meet requirements for evaluation plans by using any of the following models: A pla...

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INSigned into law 07/2011P-12Probationary Status and Cancellation of Teacher Contracts
S.B. 1 - Teacher Contract Renewal
Adds new sections of law (20-28-6-7.5 and 20-28-7.5). PROBATIONARY STATUS: For teachers not under contract prior to 7/2012, a teacher is considered probationary if he/she was under contract after 7/2011, has not yet received a rating or receives a rating of in...

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NCSigned into law 06/2011P-12Modifies Law Governing Teacher Career Status
S.B. 466
Modifies the law governing teacher career status. Creates a definition of "inadequate performance" for teachers: failure to perform at a proficient level on any standard of the Department of Public Instruction's teacher evaluation instrument or otherwise perfo...

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ILSigned into law 06/2011P-12Teacher Dismissal; Suspension or Revocation of Teacher Licensure
S.B. 7 - Teacher Dismissal; Suspension or Revocation of Teacher Licensure
Repeals provision allowing teacher to be dismissed for failure to complete a 1-year remediation plan with a "satisfactory" or better rating; replaces with provision allowing dismissal on the basis of performance. Defines "incompetency" for purposes of suspensi...

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ILSigned into law 06/2011P-12Teacher Employment (Attainment of Tenure)
S.B. 7 - Teacher Employment (Attainment of Tenure)
Applies to all districts (Note: The probationary period has been 4 years since 1998): Increases teacher probationary period to 4 consecutive school terms prior to the implementation of PERA (teacher evaluation based in part on student performance; districts va...

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ILSigned into law 06/2011P-12Dismissal of Teacher in Continued Service
S.B. 7 - Dismissal of Teacher in Continued Service
Applies to all districts: Requires that the dismissal notice of a teacher in continued service (other than an honorable dismissal) include a bill of particulars and the teacher's right to request a hearing. Amends various due process provisions. Allows a teach...

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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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MESigned into law 05/2011P-12Teacher Continuting Contract Offers/Probationary Teacher Evaluation
H.P. 720
Requires three years of experience in a school administrative unit before a teacher may receive a continuing contract offer. Requires the superintendent to evaluate probationary teachers during, but not limited to, their second year of employment. Provides tha...

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ALSigned into law 05/2011P-12
Postsec.
Employer and Employee Rights
S.B. 310
Establishes the Students First Act of 2011. Establishes the purposes of this act. Provides definitions. Provides no action may be proposed or approved based upon the personal or political reasons of the employer, chief executive officer or governing board. Est...

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TNSigned into law 05/2011P-12Written Notices of Termination
H.B. 731
Eliminates the requirement that written notices of termination for K-12 teachers in public schools contain a statement of prior authorization by a majority vote of the local school board with the name of the teacher recorded.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/10...

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MDSigned into law 05/2011P-12Requires Posting of Various Paths Leading to Teacher Certification and Tenure
S.B. 687
Requires the state Department of Education to develop an informational form that lists and explains the various paths that can be taken in order to obtain certification and tenure in the state and must post the form on its website. http://mlis.state.md.us/2011...

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FLSigned into law 05/2011P-12
Postsec.
Repeals Various Obsolete Education Provisions
H.B. 7087
Repeals provisions relating to programs that were never implemented or are no longer funded. The programs are: Digital Divide Council and the associated Pilot Project for Discounted Computers and Internet Access for Low-Income Students; the Institute on Urban ...

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MDSigned into law 05/2011P-12Teacher Certification & Tenure/Employment for Military Spouses
H.B. 998
Requires the state Department of Education to develop a specified form relating to teacher certification and tenure and to post the form on its Web site. Requires the Adjutant General or the Adjutant General's designee to assist military spouses in finding spe...

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OKSigned into law 04/2011P-12Revises Due Process Provisions for Teachers and Administrators
H.B. 1380
Modifies and deletes several substantive elements related to teacher contract definitions and the Teacher Due Process Act of 1990. Deletes career teacher pretermination hearing procedures and requirements and the right to appeal to a district court; deletes re...

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TNSigned into law 04/2011P-12Teacher Non-Renewal, Tenure
S.B. 1528
From the Fiscal Note: Changes, from May 15 to June 15, the date by which teachers must receive termination notices and by which teachers and other school personnel must be assigned to a school for the next school year. Changes the probationary period that a te...

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FLSigned into law 03/2011P-12Teacher Contracts
S.B. 736 - Teacher Contracts
Repeals existing language in section 1012.33 regarding procedures after employee performance deficiencies have been identified. Provides that effective July 2011, each new district employee hired as instructional personnel must be awarded a probationary contra...

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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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WYSigned into law 03/2011P-12Tenure
S. F. 146--Tenure
Requires districts to evaluate teacher performance, based in part upon standards set by State Board of Education.
--Initial contract teachers evaluated twice annually
--Continuing contract teachers evaluated annually
--Requires each District Superintendent to ...

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NCSigned into law 07/2010P-12Career Employees Resigning Without Agreement of Superintendent
H.B. 1377
Requires superintendents to report to the state board of education on career employees who resign without the written agreement of the superintendent and have been recommended for dismissal; Provides that the employee will be viewed as having consented to: (1)...

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OKSigned into law 06/2010P-12Dismissal Section
S.B. 2033
This section addresses employment status of career teachers (defined in this section), probationary teachers and administrators. A principal who has received a rating of "ineffective" as measured pursuant to the Oklahoma Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Evalu...

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COSigned into law 05/2010P-12Teacher /Principal Evaluation and Tenure
S.B. 191
Calls for the development of a teacher evaluation system in which at least 50% of the evaluation is determined by the academic growth of the teacher's students. The evaluation system must include multiple measures of student performance in conjunction with stu...

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OKSigned into law 05/2010P-12
S.B. 509
Authorizes a district board of education for a district with an average daily membership of more than 30,000 which implements an alternative governance arrangement to use the following procedures, upon approval of the district board and concurrence of the exec...

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CTSigned into law 05/2010P-12Teacher Tenure Reciprocity
S.B. 438 - Sec. 9
Provides that any certified teacher or administrator employed by a local or regional board of education for a school district identified as a priority school district may attain tenure after 10 months of employment if such certified teacher/administrator previ...

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SCSigned into law 05/2010P-12Notification of Teacher Contract Renewal
H.B. 4299
Permitted local school districts to delay by one month the date by which they must to notify teachers of whether their contract was renewed for the 2010-2011 school year. http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess118_2009-2010/bills/4299.htm...

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TNSigned into law 04/2010P-12Change in Teacher Notification Requirement
H.B. 2772
Changes, from April 15 to May 15, the annual date by which teachers must be notified in writing of their dismissal, reelection, or that their position has been abolished by the local board of education. Chapter No. 798
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/106/Bill/...

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MDSigned into law 04/2010P-12Extends Probationary Period of Employment and Adds Student Growth to Evaluation Process
H.B. 1263 - Tenure and Evaluation Sections
Extends the probationary period of employment (nontenure) for certificated employees from 2 years to 3 years, requires that nontenured certificated employees be evaluated annually, and requires that student growth data be used in teacher and principal performa...

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GASigned into law 03/2010P-12Continuation of Certified Personnel Contracts
H.B. 906
Relates to annual contracts for certified K-12 personnel. Extends to May 15 (for the 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 school years only) the deadline for districts to tender a contract for current teachers and other certified personnel for the following school ye...

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INSigned into law 03/2010P-12Teacher Contracts
H.B. 1005
Relates to indefinite teacher contracts; removes the age limitof 71 for teachers who hold an indefinite contract. Effective July 1, 2010.
Public Law 43
http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2010/EH/EH1005.1.html...

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NMSigned into law 03/2010P-12Teacher Mentorships and Evaluation
H.B. 71
District must provide for the mentorship and evaluation of level one teachers. At the end of each year and at the end of the license period, the teacher shall be evaluated for competency. If the teacher fails to demonstrate satisfactory progress and competence...

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TNSigned into law 01/2010P-12Tennessee First to the Top Act of 2010 - Teacher-Related Provisions
S.B. 7005A - H.B. 7010A
Creates a Teacher Evaluation Advisory Committee (TEAC) composed of 15 members, including the Commissioner of Education, the Executive Director of the State Board of Education, the Chairs of the Education Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives, a...

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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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AZSigned into law 08/2009P-12Teacher Contracts
H.B. 2011--Section 17
Section 15-536 removes deadlines for districts to offer teaching contracts or notify of a general salary reduction and eliminate a prohibition against reducing the salary of a tenured teacher except as a part of a reduction for all teachers.
http://www.azleg.g...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Teacher Tenure
H.B. 1 - Section 3319.08
From the DOE summary of H.B. 1:
Makes regular classroom teachers who become licensed for the first time on or after January 1, 2011, eligible for a continuing contract (tenure) after seven years of holding an educator license.
DOE summary of H.B. 1: http://ww...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Termination of Teacher Contracts
H.B. 1 - Section 3319.16 and 3319.161
From DOE summary of H.B. 1: Eliminates "gross inefficiency or immorality" and "willful and persistent violations of reasonable regulations of the board of education" as statutory grounds for termination of a school district teacher employment contract. Retains...

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MOSigned into law 06/2009P-12Elimination of Tenure for Non-Certified Employees in St. Louis City School District
S.B. 291 - Tenure
Eliminates tenure protection for non-certified employees in the St. Louis City School District who are hired after August 28, 2009.
http://www.senate.mo.gov/09info/pdf-bill/tat/SB291.pdf...

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OKSigned into law 05/2009P-12Contract Renewal Notifications
S.B. 394
Modifies date by which certain notifications regarding contracts must occur (from April 10 to first Monday in June). Teachers who choose not to return are required to provide notice within 15 days of the first Monday in June.
http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/...

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TNSigned into law 05/2009P-12Due Process in Large Districts
S.B. 1446
Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 49-5-512(c), is amended by deleting subdivision (1) in its entirety and by substituting instead the following: (1) In any county with a metropolitan form of government and a population of more than five hundred thousand (500,0...

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OKVetoed 05/2009P-12School District Empowerment Program
S.B. 834
Relates to schools; establishes the School District Empowerment Program; states purpose; exempts certain districts from certain statutory requirements and rules; specifies certain requirement; identifies districts for participation and implementation of progra...

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NDSigned into law 03/2009P-12Dismissal Prior to Contract End
S.B. 2357
Revises due process provisions relates to discharge for cause of a teacher, principal or assistant superintendent prior to the expiration of a contract.
http://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/61-2009/bill-text/JBLI0300.pdf...

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WAAdopted 10/2008P-12COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS
WAC 391-25-030
Amends rules concerning collective bargaining agreements. Allows collective bargaining agreements between cities, counties, school districts and other municipal corporations and their represented employees for a term of up to six years. WASHINGTON 28575...

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HIBecame law without governor's signature 07/2008P-12Probationary Period of Employment for Non-Tenured Educators
S.B. 2449
Repeals statute pertaining to the probationary period of employment for non-tenured teachers, principals and vice-principals so as to come into compliance with an agreement between the department of education and the Hawaii state teachers association that redu...

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NHSigned into law 06/2008P-12Procedures for Nonrenewal of a Teacher Contract
H.B. 1330
Changes the procedures for nonrenewal of a teacher contract; authorizes an aggrieved teacher to petition the State Board of Education for a review or to request arbitration under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement; decreases the time period within ...

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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-12Alternative Procedures for Teacher Evaluation, Remediation and Removal for Cause
S.B. 1474
pp 29-30: Authorizes the Chicago school board and the exclusive representative of the district's teachers to establish alternative procedures for teacher evaluation, remediation and removal for cause after remediation, including an alternative system for peer ...

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ORSigned into law 07/2007P-12Contract Renewal Date
H.B. 2675
Changes the date by which a school district must give notice of contract renewal to a probationary teacher (from April 1 to March 15).
http://www.leg.state.or.us/07reg/measpdf/hb2600.dir/hb2675.en.pdf...

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TNSigned into law 06/2007P-12Modifies Procedures Related to Dismissals
H.B. 1302/S.B. 2342
Specifies procedures related to teacher dismissal hearings. Specifies that the hearing the teacher may demand will be before an "impartial hearing officer" selected by the school board rather than an "administrative judge." Also gives the teacher the right to ...

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WVProposed Rule COMMENT DEADLINE: 06/01/2007 08/20/2007 Rule Adoption 05/2007Postsec.
Community College
FACULTY
Title 133, Series 9
Amends rules regarding academic freedom and responsibility, appointment, promotion, tenure, non- reappointment or dismissal of faculty, and grievance procedures for matters pertaining to faculty. WEST VIRGINIA 5002...

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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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NYSigned into law 04/2007P-12Teacher Tenure Determinations
S.B. 2107 - Part A, Section 9
Directs the regents to promulgate rules establishing minimum standards and procedures for tenure determinations for teachers in all districts boards of cooperative educational services made on or after July 1, 2008. Provides such rules must require a superinte...

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UTSigned into law 03/2007P-12School District Employee Termination Procedure
H.B. 360
Modifies procedures for the termination or discontinuation of a school district career employee's contract. http://le.utah.gov/~2007/bills/hbillenr/hb0360.htm...

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COSigned into law 05/2006P-12Revoking Educator Licenses and Terminating Employment
S.B. 176
Concerns requirements for educators; clarifies grounds on which the department of education may deny, annul, suspend, or revoke an educator's license; clarifies language relating to an educator terminating his or her employment contract and authorizes the depa...

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TNSigned into law 04/2006P-12Teacher Tenure Probation Period
S.B. 2781
Requires tenured teacher who resigns and subsequently returns to the school system to serve one-year probationary period before tenure can be regained unless such probationary period is waived by the local board of education upon request of the director of sch...

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TNSigned into law 04/2006P-12Teacher Employment and Age Discrimination
H.B. 2863
Concerns education; prohibits discrimination based on age against teachers in employment decisions. Removes provision for teacher's tenure to end following teacher's 65th birthday. - Amends TCA Section 49-5-507.
http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/current...

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TNAdopted 03/2006P-12Denial, Suspension and Revocation of Teacher Licenses
TAC 0520-2-4-.01
Outlines reasons for suspension, denial and revocation of license.Provides process for restoration a of license. TENNESSEE 9886
http://www.state.tn.us/sos/rules/0520/0520-02/0520-02-04.pdf...

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UTSigned into law 03/2006P-12Amends Cause for Dismissal or Nonrenewal
H.B. 181
One portion of this bill addresses career employee dismissal or nonrenewal. Defines "Willful or intentional misconduct" as conduct that jeopardizes the health or safety of students or conduct that significantly impairs the employee's ability to safely or profe...

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CARejected by voters 11/2005P-12Teacher Tenure Waiting Period
Ballot Measure 4 (Proposition 74)
Increases length of time required before a teacher may become a permanent employee to five complete consecutive school
years. Authorizes school boards to dismiss a permanent teaching employee who receives two consecutive unsatisfactory performance evaluations....

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MISigned into law 09/2005P-12Continuing tenure of certified teachers
S.B. 609
Relates to the continuing tenure of office of certificated teachers in public educational institutions; provides for probationary periods; regulates discharges or demotions; provides for resignations and leaves of absence; creates a state tenure commission an...

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MOSIGNED BY GOVERNOR 07/2005P-12Metropolitan school district's teacher tenure
S.B. 299
Currently, both metropolitan school district teachers and principals are included in the section of the Metropolitan school district's teacher tenure statute which outlines procedures regarding reductions in force. This act removes school principals from the s...

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NHSigned into law 06/2005P-12Dismissal of teachers
H.B. 132
Adds a definition for incompetence.

The school board may dismiss any teacher found by them to be immoral or who has not satisfactorily maintained the competency standards established by the school district, or one who does not conform to regulations prescribe...

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MI(H) PLACED ON SECOND READING 06/2005P-12Discharge or demotion of a teacher on continuing tenure
H.B. 4991
Except as otherwise provided in section 1a of this article, discharge or demotion of a teacher on continuing
tenure may be made only for reasonable and just cause and only as provided in this act. http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2005-2006/publicact/pd...

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MOSigned into law 05/2005P-12Report cards/ teacher tenure
H.B. 297
REPORT CARDS

Currently, school districts are required to produce an annual
accountability report card for each school building, distribute
copies to the households with students, and make copies available
to other members of the public upon request. This bil...

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MOSigned into law 05/2005P-12
S.B. 266
The current definition of "teacher" in the teacher tenure act includes certified teachers who teach at the pre-kindergarten level. This act modifies the aforementioned definition by requiring that such prekindergarten teachers, in order to fit the definition o...

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DESIGNED 04/2005P-12Communications Regarding Teacher Termination
H.B. 22
Requires that formal communications between a teacher and a school board relating to the termination of the teacher's services be sent via certified mail, with a return receipt requested. The existing code requires that such communications be sent via register...

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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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NDSigned into law 03/2005P-12Teacher Employment
H.B. 1358
Requirements for providing notice of contract renewal or nonrenewal do not apply to teachers and administrators hired after January first. http://www.state.nd.us/lr/assembly/59-2005/bill-text/FBFF0200.pdf...

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SDSigned into law 03/2005P-12Teacher Contracts
H.B. 1169
Adds several new sections related to terminating or nonrenewing a teacher's contract -- most regarding notice. Until a teacher is in or beyond the fourth consecutive term of employment as a teacher with the school district, a school board may or may not renew ...

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SCSigned into law 08/2004P-12Teacher Contracts
S.B. 1133
Relates to teacher assessments and teacher certification; changes references from student teachers to teacher candidates; removes provisional contracts from the types of contracts under which teachers may be employed; provides that continuing contract teachers...

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ALSigned into law 05/2004P-12Teacher Tenure Law
H.B. 42
Relating to the Teacher Tenure Law: transfers, suspensions, and contract cancellations, hearing procedures, different procedures for major and minor (seven days or less) suspensions, use of hearing officers including arbitrators from Federal Mediation and Conc...

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ALSigned into law 05/2004P-12Fair Dismissal Act
H.B. 43
Relates to public school employees, Fair Dismissal Act, transfers, terminations, suspensions, procedure before local board of education, appeals procedure to hearing officer including arbitrator from Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, different proced...

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OKEmergency Rule Adoption 11/2003P-12Due Process
OAC 210:1-5-8
Establishes emergency rules regarding due process hearings, hearing procedure, and probationary teachers. OKLAHOMA REG 12998 (SN)...

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MISigned into law 08/2003P-12Department Report on Teacher Tenure
H.B. 4391 (multiple provisions)
Sec. 801. The department shall furnish a report to the legislature on teacher tenure by December 31, 2003. The report shall include at least all of the following: (a) A history of teacher tenure in this state.
(b) A statement of the purpose of teacher tenure a...

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NCSigned into law 07/2003P-12Probationary Period for Career Teachers
H.B. 38
Shortens the probationary period for career teachers when they change school systems or return to teaching after leaving the profession....

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NHSigned into law 06/2003P-12Nonrenewal of Teacher Contracts
S.B. 76
Relates to the process for nonrenewal of teacher contracts. Adds provisions that a request for review under this section constitutes the exclusive remedy available to a teacher on the issue of the nonrenewal of such teacher and that the state board of educati...

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TXSigned into law 06/2003P-12School District Employment Policies
H.B. 912
If the district has an Internet website, the district is required to place the board's employment policies on that website. At each school in the
district, the board is required to make a copy of the board's employment policies available for inspection at a r...

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TXSigned into law 06/2003P-12Rehiring Experienced Teachers
H.B. 558
Under current law, a person who is employed as a teacher by a school district for the first time, or who has not been employed by the district
for two consecutive school years subsequent to August 28, 1967, is required to be employed under a probationary contr...

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ALSigned into law 06/2003P-12Teacher Tenure Act
S.B. 2
Relates to the Teacher Tenure Act; streamlines the contest and appeals processes for teachers; clarifies the procedures to be followed when a teacher is suspended; provides that teachers would have contract cancellation, transfer, and suspension contests heard...

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LASigned into law 06/2003P-12Immorality Grounds for Dismissal of School Employees
H.B. 778
Adds a charge of immorality as a cause for dismissal of a teacher, bus driver, or permanent employee; defines immorality as conviction of a felony offense against the public morals.
http://www.legis.state.la.us/bills/byinst.asp?sessionid=03RS&billid=HB778&doct...

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OKSigned into law 06/2003P-12Career Teacher Component
H.B. 1767 (Omnibus Bill)
Defines career teacher pretermination hearing as the informal proceeding before the local board of education held for the purpose of providing a meaningful opportunity to invoke the discretion of the decision maker after a recommendation for dismissal or nonre...

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GASigned into law 06/2003P-12Teacher Compensation and Contracts
S.B. 193
Provides for an annual increase in state pay for certain teachers; individuals who first became teachers on or after July 1, 2000, acquire rights to continued employment; provides procedures for hearings for such persons; provides for selection of a tribunal, ...

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GASigned into law 05/2003P-12Teachers and Professional Employees Contracts
S.B. 223
Relates to annual contracts for teachers; provides that teacher and other professional employee contracts shall be complete in all terms and conditions, including the amount of compensation for the ensuing school year, when presented to the teacher or professi...

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TXSigned into law 05/2003P-12Teacher Suspension
S.B. 893
Previously, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) appointed an examiner on a rotating basis when it is notified of a contract dispute. If both the district and the employee involved in the dispute agree to disallow the original examiner, they can both appoint an...

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TXSigned into law 05/2003P-12Public School Teacher Contracts
H.B. 1113
Currently, school districts seeking an alternative to discharging a teacher employed under a continuing contract, or terminating or nonrenewing a teacher employed under a term contract, have limited options. School districts may return the teacher to probation...

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LASigned into law 05/2003P-12Special Schools Teacher Tenure
H.B. 567
States that existing provision barring teachers promoted to a higher position in a special school after from gaining tenure in such positions until teacher has spent three years in the new position applies only to teachers whose promotion occured before July 1...

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INSigned into law 05/2003P-12Nonpermanent Teacher Contracts
H.B. 1734
Allows flexibility in the time when a school corporation must hold a conference on the nonrenewal of the contract of a nonpermanent teacher so that both the open door law and the nonpermanent teacher's contract rights law are not violated. http://www.in.gov/se...

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IASigned into law 05/2003P-12Requirement to Report School Employee Nonrenewal or Termination Due to Alleged or Actual Misconduct
H.B. 549 (omnibus bill)
Requires any local board, superintendent or head of any nonpublic school to report to the state educational examiners board every instance of revocation or nonrenewal of a school employee's contract due to alleged or actual misconduct, as well as the resignati...

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AZSigned by Governor 04/2003P-12Classroom Performance; Teacher Reemployment
S.B. 1330
Provides that the governing board of a school district shall develop a definition of inadequacy of classroom performance relating to the board's intention not to reemploy teachers. http://www.azleg.state.az.us/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=SB1330...

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KSSigned into law 04/2003P-12Nonrenewal or Termination of Contract Hearings
S.B. 119
Amends language relating to hearings provided upon notice of nonrenewal or termination of contracts of employment. http://www.kslegislature.org/bills/2004/119.pdf...

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ARSigned into law 03/2003P-12Teacher Right to Witnesses
H.B. 2514
Allows a teacher to have a witness or representative of the teacher's choice present during any disciplinary or grievance matter upon request of the teacher. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2514.pdf...

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UTSigned into law 03/2003P-12School Personnel
S.B. 154 (Omnibus Bill)
Section 53A-3-411 prohibits local boards from entering into a collective bargaining agreement that prohibits or limits individual contracts of employment. (Contract terms were already limited to no more than five years.) Defines alternative certification to ...

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SCSigned into law 03/2003P-12District Personnel Furlough
S.B. 375
(Joint Resolution) Provides that the school districts of this state may furlough district personnel to the extent necessary to avoid a year end deficit and a reduction in force; provides the terms and conditions of a furlough pursuant to this provision....

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NCSigned into law 08/2002P-12Exchange Teacher Programs
H.B. 1724
Clarifies the status of teachers participating in foreign exchange programs for purposes of retirement and tenure; includes any nonimmigrant alien employed in elementary or secondary public schools and participating in an exchange visitor program....

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ILSigned into law 08/2002P-12Short-Term Empoyees
H.B. 1720
Amends the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act; provides that the employee must not have a reasonable expectation (instead a reasonable assurance) that he or she will be rehired, in the provision defining "short-term employee"....

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HISigned into law 05/2002P-12Charter School Funding and Teacher Status
S.B. 2512
States that teachers at charter schools are to receive probationary and tenure status and seniority provided that they fill the requirements for regular school teachers.; changes per-pupil funding allocation for charter schools. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/s...

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TNSigned into law 03/2002P-12Reemployment of Teachers
S.B. 2275
Specifies that the right to remain on the preferred list for employment would be in effect until: (1) The teacher refuses a bona fide offer of reemployment for a comparable position within the LEA; or (2) The director, after the teacher has been on the preferr...

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NCSigned into law 06/2001P-12Appeals Processes
S.B. 532
Session Law Number 260., Clarifies the right to appeal to a local board of education and to require notice of the dismissal, demotion or suspension without pay of noncertified employees....

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ORSigned into law 06/2001P-12Due Process
S.B. 257
Eliminates hearings officer level from procedure for appeals by teachers and administrators to Fair Dismissal Appeals Board; directs Fair Dismissal Appeals Board panel to hold hearing on appeal....

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TNSigned into law 05/2001P-12Drug Offenses -- Teachers
H.B. 1040
Requires immediate suspension and dismissal of teachers convicted of certain drug offenses. Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 5, Part 5....

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ARSigned into law 04/2001P-12Teacher Termination/Suspension Policy
H.B. 2393
Prohibits school districts from terminating, suspending, or not renewing the contracts of nonprobationary status teachers without just cause....

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MSSigned into law 03/2001P-12Mechanism & Standards for Nonrenewal of Licensed School Employees
H.B. 527
Education Employment Procedures Law of 2001. It is the intent of the legislature to provide for accountability in the teaching profession and to provide for the nonrenewal of licensed education employees in a timely, cost-efficient and fair manner, to provide ...

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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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ORUnofficially rejected by voters 11/2000P-12Performance Pay, Seniority
V. 19; (NEW BILL)
(Initiative No. 29 Measure 95) Amends the Oregon Constitution regarding performance pay for teachers; provides that student learning determines teacher pay; establishes that the teachers' qualifications, not seniority, determine retention....

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CASigned into law 07/2000Postsec.
Community College
Communtiy College Tenure Issues
A.B. 1337
Chapter No. 124; Under existing law, if a case concerning the granting of tenure of community college faculty proceeds to arbitration with representation by the exclusive representative, the resulting decision is not to be considered a precedent for purposes o...

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ALSigned into law 05/2000P-12Teacher and Principal Performance
H.B. 285
Provides for the Teacher Accountability Act; provides for performance-based contracts for principals; provides for alternative principal certification procedures; provides hearing procedures to challenge employment action taken against a principal; establishes...

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IDSigned into law 04/2000P-12Notice of Non-renewal
S.B. 1449
Revises the time limits for a school board of trustees to give notice to the certificated employees on renewable contract status from May 25 to May 15; revises the response to the board by the employee on acceptance of a renewable contract for the next ensuing...

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IDSigned into law 03/2000P-12Annual Contracts
S.B. 1372
Requires school districts to develop support programs for use by teachers on annual contract with the district; requires district support programs to be approved by the State Department of Education; provides three categories of annual contracts; provides dist...

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VASigned into law 03/2000P-12Grievance Procedures
H.B. 650
Amends the teacher grievance procedure to require that members of the three-person fact-finding panel have no prior involvement with the matter grieved; requires panel members to refrain from obtaining any information or evidence about the grievance other than...

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GASigned into law 03/2000P-12Omnibus Bill --Tenure Component
H.B. 1187
Enacts the A Plus Education Reform Act of 2000. A portion of this act abolishes tenure: All contracts must be in writing. Any teacher or other certificated professional employee may be notified that his/her contract will not be renewed. The notice must be g...

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TNSigned into law 03/2000P-12Apprentice Teachers
S.B. 2182
Specifies the teacher employed as probationary teacher for 1 year and as an apprentice teacher for 2 years will be considered as having met the 3 apprentice years requirement....

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