Teacher bonus plan advances
A bill that would develop a public school teacher and leader effectiveness evaluation system won approval Monday by a House subcommittee. The House budget subcommittee on common education voted 7-0 to pass Senate Bill 316. It now goes to the House Calendar Committee, which will decide if it should advance to the House floor. The bill calls for teachers who receive a superior rating to get a $1,000 bonus and teachers with a highly effective rating to receive a $500 bonus annually. The bill's author, Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, said the program would replace the National Board Certified Teachers program, but it could exist if lawmakers decided to keep the national program.
School year extension fails
A House subcommittee voted Monday not to pass a bill that would increase the public school year from 180 to 185 days. The budget subcommittee on common education voted 4-3 not to pass Senate Bill 268. A main concern was money. It's expected that extending the public school calendar to 185 days would cost the state an additional $168 million.