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Salaries; Beginning-Teacher Salary Incentive Program   

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(a) This section shall be known, and may be cited, as the Jack O'Connell Beginning-Teacher Salary Incentive Program. Commencing in the 1999-2000 fiscal year the county superintendent of schools or the county board of education may increase, for teachers who meet the requirements of this subdivision, the salary on its adopted certificated employee salary schedule as provided in subdivision (b). For purposes of this section, a teacher for whom the county superintendent of schools or county board of education may increase salaries shall meet all of the following criteria:

(1) Hold a valid California teaching credential, not including an emergency permit, intern permit, or waiver.

(2) Possess a baccalaureate or higher degree.

(3) Receive a salary paid from the general fund of the district or county office.

(b) The county superintendent of schools or county board of education that elects to increase teachers' salaries as authorized pursuant to subdivision (a) shall perform the following computations:

(1) The county superintendent of schools or county board of education shall designate as the lowest salary on the salary schedule for a certificated employee meeting or exceeding the criteria in subdivision (a) an amount equal to a minimum annual salary of thirty-two thousand dollars ($32,000). If this salary change results in costs to the county office of education that are equal to or greater than the incentive received pursuant to subdivision (c), the minimum salary shall be thirty-two thousand dollars ($32,000). If this salary change results in costs to the county offices of education that are less than the incentive received, the remainder shall be used to increase the beginning salary by an amount above thirty-two thousand dollars ($32,000) which fully applies the incentive received.

(2) The county superintendent of schools or county board of education shall increase to the annual salary amount in paragraph (1) the salary of a certificated employee meeting the criteria in subdivision (a) whose salary on the salary schedule is less than the amount computed in paragraph (1) and, notwithstanding Section 45028, shall incorporate that increase into the salary schedule.

(3) The newly adopted salary schedule shall contain only one cell that meets the amount set forth in paragraph (1), which most often is the first-year step of a salary schedule column for certificated personnel who meet the criteria set forth in subdivision (a). All other salary schedule cells shall exceed the level set forth in paragraph (1) for personnel that meet the criteria in subdivision (a).

(c) In the 1999-2000 fiscal year, the Superintendent shall divide the amount appropriated for the purposes of this section by the 1998-99 second principal apportionment average daily attendance for all county offices of education in the state. Each county office of education that certifies to the Superintendent that it is in full compliance with this section shall receive following that certification an amount equal to the results of the calculation multiplied by the participating county office's 1998-99 second principal apportionment average daily attendance.

(d) For the 2000-01 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter, for each county office of education that meets the requirements of subdivision (b), the Superintendent shall add the sum of paragraphs (1) and (2) to the county office of education revenue limit computed pursuant to Section 2550.

(1) Annually increase the statewide average funding rate per unit of average daily attendance calculated pursuant to subdivision (c) by the percentage increase identified pursuant to Section 2557 and multiply the resulting product by the county office of education's second period average daily attendance for the prior fiscal year excluding attendance in regional occupational centers or programs, adult education programs, and charter schools participating in the charter school block grant pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 47633) of Chapter 6 of Part 26.8 of Division 4.

(2) Annually increase the statewide average funding rate per unit of average daily attendance calculated pursuant to subdivision (c) by the percentage increase identified pursuant to Section 2557 and multiply the resulting product by the county office of education's second period average daily attendance for the prior fiscal year in regional occupational centers or programs excluding attendance in charter schools participating in the charter school block grant pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 47633) of Chapter 6 of Part 26.8 of Division 4.

(3) For purposes of the calculation required by paragraph (2), in the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15 fiscal years, the second period average daily attendance for the prior fiscal year shall be the second period average daily attendance for the 2007-08 fiscal year.

(e) The adjustment to the county office of education revenue limit prescribed in subdivision (d) shall continue so long as the increase in the salary schedule made pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) is maintained.

(f) The adjustment made to county office of education revenue limits pursuant to subdivision (d) shall not be considered part of the base revenue limit for purposes of computing equalization adjustments or determining other differences in school funding that are based on the amount of funding received by a school district or county office of education.

(g) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2010.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 7, Sec. 29.)