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File No. 506

    January Session, 2017

Substitute House Bill No. 7155

House of Representatives, April 11, 2017

The Committee on Education reported through REP. FLEISCHMANN of the 18th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT REQUIRING THE OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD TO DEVELOP A PROPOSED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR COMPENSATION SCHEDULE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) The Office of Early Childhood shall develop, after notice and opportunity for public comment, a proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule for employees of early childhood education programs (1) that accept state funds for infant, toddler and preschool spaces associated with such program's child care program or school readiness program, and (2) that meet the applicable staff qualifications requirement defined in section 10-16p of the general statutes.

(b) The Office of Early Childhood shall consider the following factors in developing the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule: (1) Level of education, (2) training in early childhood education or child development, (3) relevant employment experience, including the number of years an individual has been employed in an early childhood education program, (4) compensation levels for certified teachers employed in a preschool program operated by a local or regional board of education or regional educational service center, and (5) cost of living in the state.

(c) In developing the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule, the office may (1) incorporate the findings and recommendations provided in "A Plan to Assist Early Education State Funded Providers to Degree Attainment and Increased Compensation" created by the office, pursuant to section 4 of public act 15-134, to create a standardized salary scale and incentive package for early childhood educators, (2) utilize state and federal funding, and (3) examine existing programs that address early childhood educator compensation and staff retention through financial incentives, such as bonuses for degree or course completion.

(d) Not later than January 1, 2018, the office shall submit the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule and a report to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. Such report shall include: (1) Any recommendations for legislation relating to the implementation of the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule, (2) an estimate of the cost of implementing the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule, (3) an analysis of the effect of the implementation of the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule on the number of available preschool seats, and (4) an explanation of how the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule will be included in any quality rating and improvement system developed by the office, pursuant to subdivision (15) of subsection (b) of section 10-500 of the general statutes.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

In Section 1(a), "described" was changed to "defined" for accuracy.

ED

Joint Favorable Subst. -LCO

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires the Office of Early Childhood to develop an early childhood educator compensation schedule and report by January 1, 2018, which is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact as the agency currently has the expertise to do so.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

sHB-7155

AN ACT REQUIRING THE OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD TO DEVELOP A PROPOSED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR COMPENSATION SCHEDULE.

SUMMARY

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COMMITTEE ACTION

Education Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

26

Nay

10

(03/22/2017)

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