HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2269

TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2016

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO EDUCATION.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. Section 302A-706, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:

1. By amending its title to read:

"302A-706 [Teacher national] National board certification incentive program."

2. By amending subsection (a) to read:

"(a) There is established within the department the [teacher] national board certification incentive program to recognize and support exemplary [teaching] educational practice by supporting public school teachers, counselors, and school psychologists who have achieved national board certification under the certification program of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards[.], National Board of Certified Counselors, or National Association of School Psychologists. The [teacher] national board certification incentive program shall provide:

(1) A $5,000 bonus per year for each public school teacher, counselor, or school psychologist who maintains current national board certification;

(2) $1,500 upon completing all components of the certification program of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards;

(3) A reimbursement of the remainder of the national board certification application fee upon achievement of national board certification; and

(4) An additional $5,000 bonus per year for each public school teacher, counselor, or school psychologist who maintains current national board certification and who [teaches] is employed at:

(A) A school in a focus, priority, or superintendent's zone, or other similar designation, as determined by the department;

(B) A school with a high turnover rate, as determined by the department; [or]

(C) A hard-to-fill school, as determined by the department[.]; or

(5) An additional $5,000 bonus per year for any public school teacher, counselor, or school psychologist who received a yearly bonus pursuant to paragraph (4); provided that the teacher, counselor, or school psychologist maintains national board certification and continues working in the same school after the school transitions out of the qualifying designation pursuant to paragraph (4). The teacher, counselor, or school psychologist shall receive the additional bonus from the time the school no longer meets any of the criteria under paragraph (4) until the end date of the teacher, counselor, or school psychologist's ten-year national board certification in effect at the time the school lost its designation, or until the teacher, counselor, or school psychologist is no longer employed at the school, whichever occurs first."

SECTION 2. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Education; National Board Certification Incentive Program

 

Description:

Expands the national board certification incentive program to provide greater monetary incentives to public school counselors and school psychologists. Authorizes continuing bonuses for teachers, counselors, and school psychologists in designated high-need schools that improve and become no longer designated as such.

 

 

 

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