An Act To Expand the Number of Qualified Educators
Sec. A-1. 5 MRSA §17859, sub-§1-A is enacted to read:
The retired classroom-based employee must have had a bona fide termination of employment in accordance with state and federal laws and rules, may not return to employment after retirement with the same employer for at least 30 calendar days after the termination of employment and may not return to employment before the effective date of the person's retirement.
For purposes of this section, "classroom-based employee" means a teacher whose principal function is to introduce new learning to students in the classroom or to provide support in the classroom during the introduction of new learning to students.
Sec. A-2. 5 MRSA §17859, sub-§2, ¶A, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 380, Pt. MMM, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. B-1. Working group. The Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services or the commissioner’s designee shall convene a working group to review the impact that the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 17859 as originally enacted by Public Law 2011, chapter 380, Part MMM, section 1 has had on the State as an employer, local school administrative units and the Maine Community College System and invite interested parties including the Maine Community College System, statewide associations representing teachers, school boards, principals, superintendents and state employees to participate in the review. The working group shall identify the number of state employees and teachers who have retired and returned to work pursuant to Title 20-A, section 17859 as originally enacted; the financial impact of that provision including any savings to the State and local school administrative units; and any unintended or unforeseen consequences that have occurred as a result of that provision.
Sec. B-2. Report. No later than January 8, 2015, the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services shall report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs the working group’s findings and recommendations, as required by this Part, including any implementing legislation. The joint standing committees are each authorized to report out a bill related to the subject matter of the report to the First Regular Session of the 127th Legislature following receipt of the report.