This bill would amend Article 6 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the O.C.G.A . It would provide category-level expenditure controls for staff development. It calls for the SBOE, in consultation with the PSC, to establish category-levels of expenditure controls for staff development funds by July 1, 2015. They would have to reflect the revised certification renewal rules established by the PSC regarding the impact of professional learning on student achievement.
Beginning in FY 2014, school level administration would be included for funding in the same manner as for other certified personnel. Beginning in FY 2015, the percentage would drop to 0.9%, including school level administrators, all subject to appropriations by the General Assembly.
If appropriations allow, the SBOE would be required to provide professional development centered on state-wide strategic initiatives, which may include common core curriculum, support for under-performing educators and mentoring programs in specific subject areas. During FY 2014, the SBOE program would be supported by 0.15% of certificated salaries, including school administrators; then in FY 2015, the percent would rise to 0.25%.
The bill would, for FY 2013, appropriate to the PSC an amount equal to 0.01% of the salaries of certificated personnel and school administrators to implement the new requirements of the law with sub-grants to the SBOE for establishing category-level expenditure controls.