HB0946/SB0802 – LEA’s held accountable for instructional wage (teacher) appropriations. Lamberth/Johnson

Bill Description

Local Education Agencies - As enacted, requires an LEA to report to the department of education, for each year that the LEA receives an increase in state funding for instructional wages and salaries, how the increase was utilized by the LEA; requires the department of education to report the information to the BEP review committee; requires the BEP review committee to include the information in its annual report on the BEP. - Amends TCA Section 49-3-306.

TLRC Position

Favor: Accountability with tax-payer money is important. Monies allocated for instructional wages should go to the teachers and not inflate the more generous salaries of administrators.
The BEP is only clear which categories are fungible and which are not. It does not distinguish between teachers and administrators. This bill should correct that loophole.

TLRC Observed Process

The bill passed with very minimal opposition.

Vote Result: Passed

Score: +5

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