Colorado Legislative Council Staff
NO FISCAL IMPACT
January 30, 1998
Harry Zeid (866-4753)
TITLE: CONCERNING SPECIFICATION OF EMPLOYMENT RESPONSIBILITIES IN EDUCATOR EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS.
Summary of Assessment
This bill would specify that the employment contract for each teacher, principal, and administrator shall include, at a minimum, the position, salary, and benefits, subject to any labor agreement to which the school district may be a party.
The bill would require an attachment to the basic contract that specifies certain information, including duties and expectations in the performance of those duties; a description of performance objectives that have been determined as part of the statutorily required performance evaluation; a listing of the materials, support services, support personnel, and academic data available to assist in meeting the duties of the employment contract; professional development activities to be accomplished; and the procedure and basis for the performance evaluation.
The effect of the bill would be to consolidate several pieces of information already known to the teacher, principal, and administrator together into a single document before the employment contract is signed. These documents would be an attachment to the employment contract, and would be reviewed at the time of signing or renewal. The documents are presumed to already be available to the school districts, but the bill would bring the documents into the process of contracting.
The bill requires each teacher, principal, or administrator who enters into an employment contract to meet with his or her supervisor and have an opportunity to discuss and agree to the terms of employment. While this requirement may increase the amount of administrative time required as part of the teacher contract signing process, the procedure does not require the expenditure of additional state or school district moneys to accomplish these goals. Therefore, the bill is assessed as having no fiscal impact.
The bill would take effect July 1, 1998, and would apply to contracts entered into on or after that date.