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SENATE BILL NO. 1196 – Teachers, evaluation, student prog


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S1196..........................................................by EDUCATION
TEACHERS - EVALUATION - Amends existing law relating to issuance of
renewable contracts to school district employees to specify that
achievement results for students in the charge of certificated employees
shall be a part of the evaluation.

02/15    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/16    Rpt prt - to Educ

Bill Text


 ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature                 First Regular Session - 1999

                                      IN THE SENATE

                                   SENATE BILL NO. 1196

                                  BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE

 1                                        AN ACT

 5    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

 6        SECTION  1.  That  Section  33-515, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
 7    amended to read as follows:

 8        33-515.  ISSUANCE OF RENEWABLE CONTRACTS. During the third  full  year  of
 9    continuous  employment  by  the  same school district, including any specially
10    chartered district, each certificated employee named in subsection  13  .
11      of  section  33-1001,  Idaho  Code,  and  each school nurse and school
12    librarian shall be evaluated for a renewable contract and shall,  upon  having
13    been  offered  a  contract  for  the next ensuing year, having given notice of
14    acceptance of renewal and upon signing a contract for a fourth full  year,  be
15    placed on a renewable contract status with said school district subject to the
16    provisions included in this chapter.
17        After  the  third  full year of employment and at least once annually, the
18    performance of each  such  certificated  employee,  school  nurse,  or  school
19    librarian  shall be evaluated according to criteria and procedures established
20    by the board of trustees in accordance with general guidelines approved by the
21    state board of education.   Such  evaluation  criteria  for  certificated
22    employees  shall  include,  but  not  be  limited  to, the student achievement
23    results for the students in the charge of the  certificated  employee.  
24    Except  as  otherwise  provided, that person shall have the right to automatic
25    renewal of contract by giving notice, in writing, of  acceptance  of  renewal.
26    Such  notice  shall  be  given to the board of trustees of the school district
27    then employing such person not later than the fifteenth day of June  preceding
28    the  expiration  of the term of the current contract. Except as otherwise pro-
29    vided by this paragraph, the board of trustees shall notify each person  enti-
30    tled  to be employed on a renewable contract of the requirement that such per-
31    son must give the notice hereinabove and that failure to do so may  be  inter-
32    preted  by the board as a declination of the right to automatic renewal or the
33    offer of another contract. Such notification shall be made,  in  writing,  not
34    later  than the twenty-fifth day of May, in each year, except to those persons
35    to whom the board, prior to said date, has sent  proposed  contracts  for  the
36    next  ensuing year, or to whom the board has given the notice required by this
37    section.
38        Any contract automatically renewed under the provisions  of  this  section
39    shall be for the same length as the term stated in the current contract and at
40    a  salary  no  lower than that specified therein, to which shall be added such
41    increments as may be determined by the statutory or regulatory rights of  such
42    employee by reason of training, service, or performance.
43        Nothing herein shall prevent the board of trustees from offering a renewed


 1    contract increasing the salary of any certificated person, or from reassigning
 2    administrative or supervisory employees to classroom teaching duties or remov-
 3    ing  an  extra  duty  assignment from a certificated employee with appropriate
 4    reduction of salaries from  pre-existing   preexisting  
 5    salary levels.
 6        Before  a  board  of trustees can determine not to renew for reasons of an
 7    unsatisfactory report of the performance of any certificated person whose con-
 8    tract would otherwise be automatically renewed, or to renew  the  contract  of
 9    any  such  person at a reduced salary, such person shall be entitled to a rea-
10    sonable period of probation. This period of probation shall be preceded  by  a
11    written  notice  from the board of trustees with reasons for such probationary
12    period and with provisions for adequate  supervision  and  evaluation  of  the
13    person's  performance during the probationary period. Such period of probation
14    shall not affect the person's renewable contract status. Consideration of pro-
15    bationary status for certificated personnel is consideration of the status  of
16    an employee within the meaning of section 67-2345, Idaho Code, and may be held
17    in executive session. If the consideration results in probationary status, the
18    individual  on  probation  shall not be named in the minutes of the meeting. A
19    record of the decision shall be placed in the teacher's personnel file.
20        If the board of trustees takes action to  immediately  discharge  or  dis-
21    charge  upon  termination  of the current contract a certificated person whose
22    contract would otherwise be automatically renewed, or to renew the contract of
23    any such person at a reduced salary, the action of the board shall be  consis-
24    tent  with the procedures specified in section 33-513(5), Idaho Code, and fur-
25    thermore, the board shall notify the employee in writing whether there is just
26    and reasonable cause not to renew the contract or to reduce the salary of  the
27    affected  employee,  and if so, what reasons it relied upon in that determina-
28    tion.
29        If the board of trustees, for reasons other than  unsatisfactory  service,
30    for  the  ensuing  contract  year, determines to change the length of the term
31    stated in the current contract, reduce the salary or not renew the contract of
32    a certificated person whose contract would otherwise be automatically renewed,
33    nothing herein shall require a probationary period.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The purpose of this legislation is to specify that one component of
a certificated employee's evaluation must include the achievement
of the students under the supervision of the certificated employee.

                            FISCAL NOTE

No fiscal impact to the state.

Contact: Senator Don Burtenshaw - 332-1344
         Senator Darrel Deide - 332-1345