Public school teachers could see a $10,000 bonus under a new bill

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If you're a teacher and work at a public school then you could be eligible for a $10,000 signing bonus under a new bill working it's way through the state legislature.

Here are the details of the bill:

An Act relating to teachers; creating a one-time incentive bonus for certified teachers returning to public school employment; providing source and match for funding bonus; requiring teacher to have a valid certificate or license; prohibiting employment for specified time period in public school; prescribing certain resignation of previous employment; mandating minimum employment of three years; directing State Board of Education to promulgate rules; providing for codification; and providing an effective date.


SECTION 1. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 6-133 of Title 70, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:

A. A public school district may offer a one-time incentive bonus payment to certified teachers who return to teach within the school district not to exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00). The incentive bonus shall be matched equally up to Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) by the State Board of Education from funds appropriated by the Legislature. To be eligible for the incentive bonus:

1. The teacher shall hold a valid certificate or license issued in accordance with the rules of the State Board of Education and the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act that has not expired or been revoked;

2. The teacher shall not have been employed for the preceding two years or longer in a state public school; and

3. The teacher shall have resigned his or her previous state school district employment in good standing.

B. In addition to the requirements listed in subsection A of this section, a teacher who receives an incentive bonus shall teach in the school district for a minimum of three (3) years or as otherwise directed by the employing school district.

C. The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this section.

SECTION 2. This act shall become effective November 1, 2019.

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