HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

497

TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2017

 

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 and school psychologists who have achieved national board certification under the certification program of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards[.] 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 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 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[.]; and

(5) An additional $           bonus per year for any school psychologist employed at a public school who received a yearly bonus pursuant to paragraph (4); provided that the school psychologist maintains national board certification and continues working in the same school after the school no longer meets any of the criteria under paragraph (4).  The 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 school psychologist's national board certification in effect at the time the school no longer meets those criteria, or until the 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 on July 1, 2017.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Education; National Board Certification Incentive Program

 

Description:

Expands the National Board Certification Incentive Program to provide monetary incentives to school psychologists.  Authorizes continuing bonuses for school psychologists in certain designated schools that improve and no longer carry a certain designation.

 

 

 

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