Report Title:

Substitute Teachers; Wage Adjustments

 

Description:

Requires BOE to provide wage adjustments for substitute teachers comparable to the across-the-board wage adjustments negotiated for teachers in collective bargaining unit 5. Allows BOE to adjust hours, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment for substitute teachers. Appropriates funds. (SB2652 HD1)

 


THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2652

TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2008

S.D. 2

STATE OF HAWAII

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO EDUCATION.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 89C, Hawaii Revised Statutes, provides appropriate authorities, including the board of education, sufficient flexibility to adjust the wages, hours, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment for employees who are excluded from collective bargaining. Under the law, these appropriate authorities cannot adjust the wages and other benefits that are set by statute.

Within the department of education, substitute teachers are part-time, casual, and intermittent employees who are excluded from collective bargaining.

The purpose of this Act is to provide and appropriate funds for periodic wage adjustments for substitute teachers that are comparable to the wage adjustments negotiated for teachers in bargaining unit 5 and to enable the board of education to adjust the hours, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment for substitute teachers.

SECTION 2. Section 302A-624, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"302A-624 Teachers' salary schedule. (a) The salary schedule for all teachers of the department [of education] shall be negotiated pursuant to section 89-9.

(b) All teachers [must] shall meet the following requirements:

(1) A teacher [must] shall earn at least five credits within a three-year cycle [in order] to receive increment or longevity step increases in the third year of the three-year cycle;

(2) A teacher who fails to meet the requirement set forth in paragraph (1) shall not be eligible for any increment or longevity step increases until the teacher earns the credit requirement for the three-year cycle;

(3) Any credit earned in excess of any three-year credit requirement may not be carried over beyond the three-year cycle; and

(4) Credits earned [can] may be in the form of in-service, university, or other credits approved by the department.

(c) A teacher [is] shall be required to spend at least one year in Class III before going on to Class IV, at least one year in Class IV before going on to Class V, at least one year in Class V before going on to Class VI, and at least one year in Class VI before going on to Class VII.

(d) In case of promotion from a teaching position to an educational officer, the employee shall receive compensation at the lowest step of the higher grade that exceeds the employee's existing compensation by at least eight per cent if such a step exists.

(e) Effective July 1, 2006, the minimum hourly or minimum per diem rate for substitute teachers shall be determined by the legislature as follows; provided that any individual in class I, II, or III who works less than a full seven‑hour work day shall be compensated on a pro-rated, hourly basis:

(1) Class I: other individuals who do not possess a bachelor's degree shall be compensated at a rate of not less than $125 for a full work day;

(2) Class II: individuals with a bachelor's degree shall be compensated at a rate of not less than $136 for a full work day; and

(3) Class III: department of education teachers, or licensed or highly qualified teachers, shall be compensated at a rate of not less than $147 for a full work day.

(f) Effective July 1, 2008, the board shall provide wage adjustments for substitute teachers. The wage adjustments shall be comparable to the across-the-board wage adjustments for teachers that are negotiated with bargaining unit 5. The board may also adjust hours, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment for substitute teachers, subject to legislative approval, pursuant to section 89C-5."

SECTION 3. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2008-2009 for the wage adjustments provided pursuant to this Act.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of education for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2008.