Session of 2000
By Committee on Education

  9             AN  ACT concerning school districts; authorizing establishment and
10             maintenance of teacher extraordinary performance plans; providing for
11             grants of state moneys.
13       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
14             Section  1. As used in this act:
15             (a) "Teacher extraordinary performance plan" means a salary plan
16       which is supplemental to a school district's regular salary plan and estab-
17       lished and maintained by the board of education of the school district for
18       the purpose of providing for payment of additional amounts of compen-
19       sation to teachers for the performance of extraordinary duties.
20             (b) "Teacher" means classroom teachers including, in addition to reg-
21       ular kindergarten through grade 12 classroom teachers, special education
22       teachers, practical arts/vocational education teachers, prekindergarten
23       teachers and reading specialists.
24             (c) "Extraordinary duties" means, but not by way of limitation, duties
25       that are required for the operation and maintenance of summer programs
26       and extraordinary school programs; evaluation and development of cur-
27       riculum; research and planning for facilitating integration of curriculum,
28       instruction and assessment; exploration and development of more effec-
29       tive teaching materials, strategies and techniques; devising action plans
30       for improvement of pupil attendance and graduation rates, reducing sus-
31       pension and expulsion rates, enhancing pupil morale, attitude and satis-
32       faction; formulating staff development and inservice education activities.
33             Sec.  2. (a) The board of education of each school district may estab-
34       lish and maintain a teacher extraordinary performance plan and apply for
35       a grant of state moneys for the purpose of financing all or a portion of
36       the amount budgeted for maintenance of the plan.
37             (b) In order to be eligible to receive a grant of state moneys for the
38       maintenance of a teacher extraordinary performance plan, a board of
39       education shall submit to the state board of education an application for
40       a grant and a description of the plan. The application and description
41       shall be prepared in such form and manner as the state board shall require
42       and shall be submitted at a time to be determined and specified by the
43       state board. Approval by the state board of the plan and the application


  1       is prerequisite to the award of a grant.
  2             (c) Each board of education which is awarded a grant under this act
  3       shall make such periodic and special reports of statistical and financial
  4       information to the state board of education as it may request.
  5             Sec.  3. (a) The state board of education shall adopt rules and regu-
  6       lations for the administration of this act and shall:
  7             (1) Establish standards and criteria for reviewing, evaluating and ap-
  8       proving teacher extraordinary performance plans and applications of
  9       school districts for grants;
10             (2) evaluate and approve teacher extraordinary performance plans;
11             (3) be responsible for awarding grants to school districts; and
12             (4) request of and receive from each school district which is awarded
13       a grant for maintenance of a teacher extraordinary performance plan re-
14       ports containing information with regard to the effectiveness of the plan.
15             (b) Within the limits of appropriations for teacher extraordinary per-
16       formance plans maintained by school districts, the state board of educa-
17       tion shall determine the amount of grants to be awarded school districts.
18       In no event shall the amount of a grant to a school district exceed the
19       amount budgeted and expended by the school district in the maintenance
20       of a plan. Upon receipt of a grant of state moneys for maintenance of a
21       teacher extraordinary performance plan, the amount of the grant shall be
22       deposited in the general fund of the school district. Moneys deposited in
23       the general fund of school district under this subsection shall be consid-
24       ered reimbursement for the purpose of the school district finance and
25       quality performance act.
26        Sec.  4. The state board of education may provide any board, upon
27       request, with technical advice and assistance regarding the establishment
28       and maintenance of a teacher extraordinary performance plan or an ap-
29       plication for a grant of state moneys.
30        Sec.  5. Upon completion of the 2001-02 school year, the state board
31       of education shall evaluate the grant program provided for under this act,
32       assess the impact teacher extraordinary performance plans and the grant
33       program have had on the educational systems of participating school dis-
34       tricts and on the educational system of the state as a whole, and make a
35       recommendation to the governor and the legislature with regard to con-
36       tinuation or termination of the grant program.
37        Sec.  6. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
38       publication in the statute book.