Monday, March 30, 2009

Governor Praises Passage of Math, Science Teacher Legislation

Governor Sonny Perdue today commended the final passage of HB 280 by the General Assembly. It will start new fully-certified math and science teachers at the same salary as a fifth year teacher.The legislation was introduced by Rep. Brooks Coleman and carried in the Senate by Sen. Dan Weber. The legislation received final passage today when the House agreed to minor changes made to the bill in the Senate.

“Our state graduated only one physics teacher last year, and we must do what we can to ensure that our students are ready to meet the challenges ahead,” said Governor Perdue. “I applaud the General Assembly for passing legislation to attract and retain more math and science teachers in our schools.”

The Governor’s proposal was based on recommendations by the Alliance of Education Agency Head’s Math and Science Task Force. Under the legislation, math and science teachers with less than five years experience will be brought up to the fifth year pay level. In an effort to encourage elementary teachers to increase their competency in math and science, the Governor’s proposal also provides a $1,000 annual bonus to elementary teachers who hold a math or science endorsement. The incentives will be available for the 2010-11 school year, which will begin in the Fiscal Year 2011 state budget.

“Georgia teachers work diligently to serve our state’s students well,” said Rep. Brooks Coleman. “By attracting more math and science teachers, the legislation agreed to today will make sure that our children continue to receive the best education possible and are prepared for the future.”

1 comment:

Tiffani said...

This bill is a slap in the face to every "highly qualified" teacher who does not teach Math or Science. What about recruiting and retaining good teachers over all? Is there room in the budget for that? Meanwhile, teachers who have served faithfully for years are being laid off. If you want to hire and keep good teachers from all subject areas, pay everyone more and then implement merit pay for those who demonstrate excellence in the classroom. Let's show every teacher of every subject area respect for and reward them for their education, hard work and dedication, not just those who teach Math and Science.