Maine LD 461: An Act To Change the Notification Deadline for the Nonrenewal of a Teacher’s Contract

LD 461 (subjects: TEACHERS , TERMINATION )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=461&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Joyce Maker of Calais: (R – District 140) — e-mail

5 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/24/2015 House Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/24/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Langley of Hancock, REFERRED to the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, in concurrence.
4/9/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
4/14/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-51).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/16/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED , in concurrence.
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (H-51) READ and ADOPTED , in concurrence.
ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
4/21/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-51), in concurrence.
Ordered sent down forthwith.
4/23/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/28/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 461 as originally introduced. L.D. 461 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-51) .

An Act To Change the Notification Deadline for the Nonrenewal of a Teacher’s Contract

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA 13201, 2nd , as amended by PL 2011, c. 420, Pt. F, 1 and affected by 2, is further amended to read:

After a probationary period of 3 years, subsequent contracts of duly certified teachers must be for not less than 2 years. Unless a duly certified teacher receives written notice to the contrary at least 6 months before the terminal date of the contract, the contract must be extended automatically for one year and similarly in subsequent years. The superintendent shall notify the teacher in writing of the superintendent’s decision not to renew the teacher’s contract at least 90 days before the terminal date of the contract. If, after receiving a complaint from a teacher, the commissioner finds that notice of nonrenewal was given less than 90 days before the terminal date of the contract, the school administrative unit shall pay a forfeiture to the teacher equal to the teacher’s per diem salary rate times the number of days between the terminal date of the contract and 90 days after the date written notice is given. The right to an extension for a longer period of time through a new contract is specifically reserved to the contracting parties.

summary

This bill changes the deadline for a superintendent to notify a teacher of the superintendent’s decision not to renew the teacher’s contract from at least 6 months before the terminal date of the contract to at least 90 days before the terminal date of the contract. It also requires the school administrative unit to pay a forfeiture to the teacher if this deadline is not met.

Patterns of Support

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