Education Policy and Funding

LWVAL Action Priority Level II - Monitoring occurs; action dependent on opportunity and available resources.

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green-right-arrow.jpgSB21 - Teachers' Retirement System, retirees, one-time lump sum retirement payment in December 2017, approp. from Edu. Trust Fund in Oct. 2017.

Sponsor(s): Senators Dial, Holley, Smitherman, Reed, Waggoner, Ward, Scofield, Whatley, McClendon, Williams, Livingston, Chambliss, Marsh, Stutts, Bussman, Beasley, Allen, Albritton and Brewbaker

Synopsis:
This bill would provide for a one-time lump-sum payment of $400 to certain retirees and beneficiaries of the Teacher's Retirement System. The payment would be made from the 2017-18 fiscal budget. Each recipient would have to have retired prior to Oct. 1, 2016 and be receiving or is entitled to receive a monthly allowance from the Teachers' Retirement System on September 30, 2017.  Any person receiving Medicaid benefits for whom the $400 lump sum would impair their eligibility to receive Medicaid, would not receive the payment. Additionally, if the lump sum payment would endanger the recipient's eligibility to be considered for Medicaid, they would not receive the payment. The payments will be appropriated from the Education Trust Fund Budget Stabilization Fund. 


League Action and Justification: Monitor. LWVAL does not have a position addressing income of state retirees in the Teacher's Retirement System.

Bill Progress in Legislature:

01/09/2018:
First Read and referred to Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation Education (F&TE).

green-right-arrow.jpgSB22 - Education, personnel vacancies, posting of on local bd. of ed. website, at a minimum, or at each school campus and worksite, time to post decreased from 14 to 7 days before position to be filled, Sec. 16-22-15 am'd.

Sponsor(s): Senator Brewbaker

Synopsis: Existing law requires local boards of education to post notice of personnel vacancies in conspicuous places at each school campus and worksite at least 14 days before the position is filled. This bill would reduce that requirement to seven days. The bill applies to all public county and city boards of education; the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind; the Alabama Youth Services Department School Board in its capacity as the Board of Education for the Youth Services School District; the Board of Directors of the Alabama School of Fine Arts; the Board of Trustees of the Alabama High School of Mathematics and Science; and the State Board of Education as applied to two-year postsecondary education institutions.

Analysis: All educational job postings can be found on the web sites of the state and local boards of education. The information age has increased access to the listings, so it is no longer necessary to wait 14 days to fill the positions.  Schools struggle with last minute leave of absences and resignations because students are typically left with only a substitute until the legal requirements are met to fill the position.  The downside to this proposal, is that it does give an advantage to those inside the educational system who desire to apply for the position.


League Action and Justification: Monitor. LWVAL does not have a position.

Bill Progress in Legislature:

01/09/2018: First Read and treferred to Senate Committee on Education and Youth Affairs (ED).

green-right-arrow.jpgHB13 - Education, time increased for public K-12 teachers to give notice of terminating employment from 5 to 30 days, requirement for postsecondary education employees deleted, Sec. 16-24C-11 am'd.

Sponsor(s): Representative Fincher

Synopsis: A tenured K-12 or postsecondary education employee may not terminate his or her employment within the 30 calendar days’ prior to the beginning of a school term and is required to provide five days’ written notice at any other time.  This bill will delete the requirements for postsecondary employees.  Going forward the law will only apply to all K-12 teachers and would increase the time frame required for a teacher to give notice before terminating his or her employment at any other time of the year from five to 30 days.


League Action and Justification: Monitor. LWVAL has no position.

Bill Progress in Legislature:

01/09/2018: First Read and referred to House Committee on Education Policy (EP).

green-right-arrow.jpgHB23 - University of North Alabama, Board of Trustees revised to replace State Superintendent of Ed with at-large member, congressional districts amended to reflect current districts.

Sponsor(s): Representative Pettus

Synopsis: The University of North Alabama is under management of a Board of Trustees.  This bill will revise the membership of the Board to replace the State Superintendent of Education with an at-large member appointed from within or outside of the state. This board member will be appointed by the Governor, as are all of the other members.


League Action and Justification: Monitor. LWVAL has no position on higher education.

Bill Progress in Legislature:

01/09/2018: First Read and referred to House Committee on Education Policy (EP).

green-right-arrow.jpgHB24 - Education, personnel vacancies, posting of on local bd. of ed. website, at a minimum, or at each school campus and worksite, time to post decreased from 14 to 7 days before position to be filled, Sec. 16-22-15 am'd.

Sponsor(s): Representative Whorton

Synopsis: Local boards of education are required to post notice of each personnel vacancy in a conspicuous place at each school campus and worksite at least 14 days before the position is to be filled.  This bill would require local school boards of education to post notice of each personnel vacancy on the board website, at a minimum, or in a conspicuous place at each school campus and worksite, at least seven days before the position is to be filled.


League Action and Justification: Monitor. LWVAL has no position.

Bill Progress in Legislature:

01/09/2018:
First Read and referred to House Committee on Education Policy (EP).

green-right-arrow.jpgHB27 - Schools, public K-12 teachers and employees, charged with certain sexual crimes against students, paid administrative leave and discipline of school employees charged removed, Sec. 13A-6-83 repealed

Sponsor(s): Representatives Baker and Collins

Synopsis: Under existing law, the Students First Act of 2011 provides due process procedures for the discipline and termination of employment of public K-12 teachers and employees. This bill will repeal an earlier provision of law that provides conflicting procedures for school employees charged with certain sexual crimes against students.


League Action and Justification: Monitor. LWVAL has no position.

Bill Progress in Legislature:

01/09/2018:
First Read and referred to House Committee on Education Policy (EP).

green-right-arrow.jpgHB31 - County Superintendent of Education, prohibition against additional employment removed, Sec. 16-9-12 am'd.

Sponsor(s): Representative Crawford

Synopsis: Currently, county superintendents of education are required to devote their entire time to the office and the travel expenses, for certain county superintendents of education, are limited to $600 annually. This bill will remove the prohibition against a county superintendent of education having additional employment and would remove the limit on annual travel expenses for certain county superintendents of education.


League Action and Justification: Monitor. LWVAL has no position.

Bill Progress in Legislature:

01/09/2018:
First Read and referred to House Committee on Education Policy (EP).

green-right-arrow.jpgSB14 - Education, time increased for public K-12 teachers to give notice of terminating employment from 5 to 30 days, requirement for postsecondary education employees deleted, Sec. 16-24C-11 am'd.

Sponsor(s): Senator Dial

Synopsis: A tenured K-12 or postsecondary education employee may not terminate his or her employment within the 30 calendar days’ prior to the beginning of a school term and is required to provide five days’ written notice at any other time. This bill will delete the requirements for postsecondary employees. Going forward the law will only apply to all K-12 teachers and would increase the time frame required for a teacher to give notice before terminating his or her employment at any other time of the year from five to 30 days.


League Action and Justification: Monitor. LWVAL has no position.

Bill Progress in Legislature:

01/09/2018:
First Read and referred to Senate Committee on Education and Youth Affairs (ED).

green-right-arrow.jpgSB24 - Education, State Bd. of Ed, appointed by State Superintendent of Education, St. Super of Ed. appointed by Governor with confirmation by Senate, terms of currently serving shorten, Amendment 284 (Section 262 of Recompiled Constutiton of Alabama of 1901, as amended) am'd., const. amend.

Sponsor(s): Senator Albritton

Synopsis: Currently, the membership of the State Board of Education includes the Governor as an ex officio member and eight members elected from districts provided by general law. Current law has the State Superintendent of Education appointed by the State Board of Education. This bill will proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to establish the position of Director of Education as a cabinet level position in lieu of the State Superintendent of Education and to provide for the appointment of the Director of Education by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate. This bill also proposes that a Board of Counsel be established in lieu of the State Board of Education and that the Director of Education appoint the members of the Board of Counsel.


League Action and Justification: Monitor. LWVAL does not have a position addressing education governance.

Bill Progress in Legislature:

01/09/2018:
First Read and referred to Senate Committee on Education and Youth Affairs (ED).

green-right-arrow.jpgSB25 - Education, membership of St. Bd of Ed. revised and changed from elected to appointed by State Super of Ed., State Super of Ed. changed from appointed by State Bd of Ed. to by Governor with confirmation by Senate, qualifications and terms of board members, Secs. 16-3-1.1, 16-4-1.1 repealed; Secs. 16-2-1, 16-2-2, 16-2-3, 16-3-1 to 16-3-5, inclusive, 16-3-7, 16-3-8, 16-3-9, 16-4-1am'd.

Sponsor(s): Senator Albritton

Synopsis: Current law states the membership of the State Board of Education includes the Governor as an ex officio member and eight members elected from districts provided by general law. Also under existing law, the State Superintendent of Education is appointed by the State Board of Education. This bill will establish a 13-member Board of Counsel in lieu of the State Board of Education, would remove the Governor from ex officio membership on the reconstituted and renamed board, and would provide for the appointment of the members of the board by a Director of Education, who is appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. This bill will eliminate the positon of State Superintendent of Education and provide for the creation of the position of Director of Education as a cabinet level position with service at the pleasure of the Governor. It will also specify the qualifications of the members of the Board of Counsel and would provide for the terms of office, the filling of vacancies of members, and provide for the election of a president and vice president of the Board of Counsel.


League Action and Justification: Monitor. LWVAL does not have a position addressing education governance.

Bill Progress in Legislature:

01/09/2018:
First Read and referred to Senate Committee on Education and Youth Affairs (ED).



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