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House Bill 1 SALARY INCREASE AND HEALTH INSURANCE

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House Bill 1 SALARY INCREASE AND HEALTH INSURANCE

House Bill 1 SALARY INCREASE AND HEALTH INSURANCE

Changes of the Health Care SupplementHealth Care Funding to Staff Salary Data

    thHouse Bill 1 of the 79 Texas State Legislature included a mandated pay raise of $2,500

    for teachers and other employees who are subject to the minimum salary schedule. This

    includes $500 that was previously designated as supplemental compensation (which was

    repealed and replaced with wages). The net pay raise for teachers is $2,000. This increase

    is part of the base salary and cannot be used as an incentive or stipend. The minimum

    salary schedule is increased by $2,500 (which does include $500 that was previously

    supplemental compensation).

    Other full-time professionals, except administrators, will receive a wage increase of $500,

    and part-time employees will receive a wage increase of $250. These amounts replace the

    supplemental compensation previously received by these employees. An employee must

    elect in writing, whether to designate a portion of the compensation to be used as health

    care supplementation. Eligibility for $500/$250 wages will be identical to those that were

    previously in place for the supplemental compensation.

    Charter school employees may also be eligible to receive wage increases for certain

    professional staff and supplemental compensation converted to wages for full-time and

    part-time staff. Charter employee eligibility depends on whether the charter holder

    participated in the TRS ActiveCare program in the 2005-06 school year and whether the

    charter holder had a charter school in operation on January 1, 2006.

    If the charter holder participated in TRS ActiveCare in the 2005-06 school year,

    classroom teachers and others who would be subject to the minimum salary

    schedule at a school district, would receive the $2500 wage increase. Other full-

    time employees (except administrators) and part-time employees would receive

    the $500/$250 formerly received as supplemental compensation in the form of

    wages instead.

    For charter schools that did not participate in TRS ActiveCare in the 2005-06

    school year, classroom teachers and others who would be subject to the minimum

    salary schedule at a school district will receive a wage increase of $2,000.

    Charter holders that did not have a charter school in operation on January 1, 2006

    are not eligible for the wage increases.

Employee data will be reported to the Texas Education Agency State Funding Division

    via the Foundation School Program (FSP) Staff Salary Data application. This data will

    be used to calculate the preliminary and actual staff salary allotments for classroom

    teachers, full-time librarians, registered nurses, counselors, and full and part-time staff as

    mandated by House Bill 1. District users can enter data for a specific month between the

    first and 26th days of the month. During that period, district users can also amend data

    entered for previous months. Beginning on the 27th, fields are locked until the end of the

    month, so that Division of State Funding staff may extract and analyze the data or update

    allotment calculations.

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The definitions for staff positions are listed below:

    Full-time classroom teacher A classroom teacher is an educator who is employed by a

    school district (or charter school) and not less than an average of four hours each day, teaches in an academic instructional or career and technology instructional setting pursuant to TEC, ?5.001. The term does not include a teacher's aide or a full-time administrator. To be considered full-time, a classroom teacher must be employed for 30 or more hours per week. Classroom teachers that are employed for 10 months of the school year should be reported for all 12 months. Classroom teachers that are not employed for 10 months of the school year should only be reported for those months that they are employed. For this purpose, classroom teachers do not have to be active contributing members of the Teacher Retirement System (TRS). An eligible educator who is employed by a single district (or charter school) in more than one capacity among any of the eligible positions (classroom teacher, librarian, counselor or registered nurse) qualifies for the salary increase as long as the combined functions constitute full-time employment. However, employees should only be entered in the field where they spend the majority of their time.

Part-time classroom teacher A classroom teacher is an educator who is employed by

    a school district (or charter school) and who, not less than an average of four hours each day, teaches in an academic instructional or career and technology instructional setting pursuant to TEC, ?5.001. The term does not include a teacher's aide or administrators. To be considered part-time, a classroom teacher must be employed for at least 20 hours, but less than 30 hours each week. Classroom teachers that are employed for 10 months of the school year should be reported for all 12 months. Classroom teachers that are not employed for 10 months of the school year, should only be reported for those months that they are employed. For this purpose, these employees do not have to be active

    contributing members of the Teacher Retirement System (TRS). An eligible educator who is employed by a single district (or charter school) in more than one capacity among any of the eligible positions (classroom teacher, librarian, counselor or registered nurse) qualifies for a portion of the salary increase and should be reported in the part-time teacher field as long as the combined functions constitute part-time employment of at least 20 hours.

Full-time librarians - A school librarian is an educator who provides full-time library

    services. When employed by a school district, a librarian holds the relevant certificate issued by the State Board of Educators Certification (SBEC) under the provisions of TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B. To be considered full-time, a librarian must be employed as a librarian for 100 percent of the day. Librarians that are not employed as librarians for 100% of the day should be reported in the applicable full-time or part-time staff fields

    .

    For this purpose, these employees do not have to be active contributing members of the

    Teacher Retirement System (TRS). An eligible educator who is employed by a single

    district (or charter school) in more than one capacity among any of the eligible positions (classroom teacher, librarian, counselor or registered nurse) qualifies for the salary

    increase as long as the combined functions constitute full-time employment. However,

    employees should only be entered in the field where they spend the majority of their time.

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    Full-time counselor - A school counselor is an educator who provides full-time counseling and guidance services. When employed by a school district, counselors are

    subject to the provisions of TEC, Chapter 33, Subchapter A, and must hold the relevant

    certificate issued by the SBEC pursuant to the provisions of TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter

    B. To be considered full-time, a counselor must be employed as a counselor for 100% of

    the day. Counselors that are not employed as counselors for 100% of the day should be

    reported in the applicable full-time or part-time staff fields. For this purpose, these

    employees do not have to be active contributing members of the Teacher Retirement System (TRS). An eligible educator who is employed by a single district (or charter

    school) in more than one capacity among any of the eligible positions (classroom teacher,

    librarian, counselor or registered nurse) qualifies for the salary increase, as long as the

    combined functions constitute full-time employment. However, employees should only

    be entered in the field where they spend the majority of their time.

    Full-time registered nurse - A school nurse is a registered nurse employed to provide full-time nursing and health care services and who meets all the requirements to practice

    as a registered nurse (RN) pursuant to the Nursing Practice Act and the rules and

    regulations relating to professional nurse education, licensure, and practice and has been

    issued a license to practice professional nursing in Texas. To be considered full-time, a

    registered nurse must be employed as a registered nurse for 100% of the day. Registered . For this purpose, these employees do nurses that are not employed as registered nurses for 100% of the day should be reported not have to be active contributing members of the Teacher Retirement System (TRS). in the applicable full-time or part-time staff fieldsAn eligible educator who is employed by a single district (or charter school) in more than

    one capacity among any of the eligible positions (classroom teacher, librarian, counselor

    or registered nurse) qualifies for the salary increase, as long as the combined functions

    constitute full-time employment. However, employees should only be entered in the field

    where they spend the majority of their time.

    Full-Time Staff A full-time employee is an active contributing member of the Teacher

    Retirement System (TRS) and works 30 or more hours each week and cannot be defined

    as a full-time classroom teacher, a full-time librarian, a full-time registered nurse, a full-

    time counselor, or an administrator.

    Part-Time Staff A part-time employee is an active contributing member of the Teacher

    Retirement System (TRS) and works at least 20 hours each week but less than 30 hours

    and cannot be defined as a part-time classroom teacher, a full-time librarian, a full-time

    registered nurse, a full-time counselor, or an administrator. For bus drivers, the minimum

    amount of hours is 15 to be eligible to participate in TRS.

    Administrators Active contributing members of the Teacher Retirement System (TRS)

    employed by a district, charter, or other entity reported to PEIMS role identification as an

    administrator. Central Administrators: 004, 012, 027, 028, 032, 040, 043, 044, 045, 055.

    Campus Administrators: 003, 012, 020, 028, 032, 040, 055. ESC Administrator: 60, 61,

    62, 63.

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Covered TRS Members- School Districts: Active contributing members of the Teacher

    Retirement System (TRS) that are covered by entity’s health insurance plan. Charter Schools: Active contributing members of the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) that are covered by TRS Activecare.

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