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HB 0032 - Income tax; credit for teacher recruitment and retention program; provide

Tracking Level: Watch
Sponsor: Dave Belton
Last Action: 4/9/2021 - House - House Sent to Governor
House Committee: Education
Senate Committee: Finance
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

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SUMMARY:  LC 49 0286

Requires the State Board to establish a teacher recruitment and retention program to encourage teachers to seek employment with rural schools that have performed in the lowest 5% of schools in the state as identified by the state accountability system.  Rural is defined in the bill as territory that is more than five miles from the nearest urban cluster as the terms are defined in federal standards.

Teachers new to these schools would be eligible for a $3000 refundable tax credit per school year up to five school years.  The Department of Education would develop criteria for selecting up to 100 participating schools, publish the criteria, and post the list of schools. 

Details:

There are no requirements for local boards or districts. 

The State Board shall establish the program and may promulgate rules, policies, etc. to implement and administer the program.

By October 1 of each year, the Department of Education (DOE) shall determine which schools in the state qualify and post the list on the website.

Eligible schools are those that have been placed on the qualifying list for the current year and at least the immediately preceding year.

The Department shall develop criteria for the selection of up to 100 schools, publish the criteria, and the list of schools.

By December 1 of each year, DOE shall select up to 100 schools and publish the list.

Applications from the teachers would be sent to DOE; the agency would then share them with participating schools and districts.

The Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) and the Department of Education would establish program objectives and annually measure and evaluate the program.

Beginning with the 2023-24 school year, by December 1 of each year, GOSA shall provide to the Governor, Chairs of the House and Senate Education Committees, and the State Board a report covering the immediately preceding school year with information specified in the bill.

Participating teachers must submit applications and other information to DOE.

Teachers involuntarily transferred to another school would continue to receive the stipend for the remaining years.  Those who voluntarily transfer would lose it.

By July 31 of each year, DOE would notify the Department of Revenue of each participating teacher who has met all the requirements in the immediately preceding year.

The number of participating teachers shall be limited to 1,000 participating statewide.  DOE may prioritize participation by those already in the program, and those with the most seniority in the program.

No new applications would be accepted after December 31, 2031. 

EFFECTIVE DATE:

July 1, 2021 and applicable to all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2022 


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