Nebraska Revised Statute 79-309.01

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79-309.01. Teacher performance pay; local collective-bargaining agreements; data; Commissioner of Education; duties; school district; use of funds; return of funds.

(1)(a) Beginning in 2016, the Commissioner of Education shall annually collect data from each school district prior to February 25 and determine whether at least seventy-five percent of the school districts have included a system for distributing apportionment funds attributable to income from solar or wind agreements on school lands for teacher performance pay within such districts' local collective-bargaining agreements for the ensuing school fiscal year.

(b)(i) If the seventy-five percent requirement has been met for the year, the Commissioner of Education shall use the separate accounting provided by the State Treasurer under subdivision (1)(b) of section 79-1035 to determine the amount of the apportionment to each school district under section 79-1035 that is attributable to income from solar or wind agreements on school lands. The commissioner shall notify each school district of such amount within five days after certification of the apportionment required pursuant to subsection (3) of section 79-1035. Each school district shall use the amount of apportionment funds specified in the notice provided by the commissioner for the purpose of teacher performance pay. Such amount shall be used as a supplement to the salary schedule as provided in local collective-bargaining agreements. For purposes of distribution of such funds only, the Legislature finds that teacher performance pay measurements, criteria, and payout amounts are mandatory topics of collective bargaining. If a school district has not included a system for distributing apportionment funds attributable to income from solar or wind agreements on school lands for teacher performance pay within its local collective-bargaining agreement, the amount of apportionment funds specified in the notice provided by the commissioner shall be returned to the State Treasurer within one month of receipt of such funds. The State Treasurer shall immediately credit any funds returned under this section to the temporary school fund. Any funds returned under this section shall be redistributed from the temporary school fund in the following year and shall no longer be designated as income attributable to solar or wind agreements on school lands.

(ii) If the seventy-five percent requirement has not been met for the year, then subdivision (1)(b)(i) of this section shall not apply for that year.

(2) If the seventy-five percent requirement has not been met in 2016, 2017, or 2018, then this section shall not apply in 2019 or any year thereafter.

(3) For purposes of this section:

(a) Agreement means any lease, easement, covenant, or other such contractual arrangement; and

(b) Teacher performance pay means a systematic process for measuring teachers' performance and linking the measurements to changes in teacher pay. Indicators of teacher performance may include improving professional skills and knowledge, classroom performance or instructional behavior, and instructional outcomes. Teacher performance pay may include predetermined bonus amounts and payout criteria.