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Summary: The current Educator Excellence Awards Program seeks to attract teachers to stay in low-economic and disadvantaged schools by providing incentivizing compensation. As a result, the state has found that the program's incentivizing compensation program alone does not retain teachers. Instead, the program needs to expand its objectives to attract and retain qualified teachers. HB 1751 changes the Educator Excellence Awards Program to the Educator Excellence Innovative Program. In addition to compensation incentives, the Innovative Program will equip and retain teachers to teach in low-economic and disadvantaged schools by providing teacher mentorship, professional development, and teacher evaluations. If the Legislature appropriates funding for the Awards Program, this money will be reallocated to the Innovative Program.
Analysis: HB 1751 allows the state to modify the Awards Program to efficiently prepare teachers for educating their students. This legislation neither uplifts nor offends any of our liberty principles, therefore we remain neutral.