2018 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 70. Schools
§70-18-114.9. Reduction of teacher's salary and fringe benefit level from one school year to the next – Violation – Forfeiture and withholding of State Aid – Filing of complaints.

A. If a teacher, as defined in Section 6-101.3 of this title, is employed by the same school district for the next school year as the preceding school year, the total compensation, consisting of salary and fringe benefits, of the teacher shall not be decreased the next school year unless the hours or the duties of the teacher are reduced proportionately. Compensation shall not include one-time incentive pay that is provided by the school district to a teacher nor retention incentive pay for returning the next year.

B. Subject to the provisions of this section, any school district that willfully reduces or has in years previous to enactment of this section willfully reduced the compensation of a teacher in violation of subsection A of this section shall forfeit as a penalty a portion of its State Aid equal to the total amount that the teacher was underpaid. If the teacher was underpaid for more than one (1) school year, the amount forfeited shall equal the cumulative amount that the teacher was underpaid. The amount to be forfeited shall be deducted from the State Aid payment following confirmation of the underpayment by the State Department of Education.

C. In addition to the amount of State Aid forfeited as a penalty pursuant to subsection B of this section, in order to ensure that the teacher receives the full amount of unpaid compensation, the State Department of Education shall withhold an amount which is equal to the total amount that the teacher was underpaid from the State Aid payment of the school district and pay the amount directly to the teacher. The Board shall not withhold an amount for payment to the teacher pursuant to the subsection if the teacher has recovered the underpayment pursuant to judicial action.

D. Complaints filed with the State Board of Education pursuant to this section may be based on alleged underpayments during fiscal years that began:

1. On or after July 1, 2002; or

2. Before July 1, 2002, if the teacher filed an action to recover the underpayment in a court of competent jurisdiction before July 1, 2002.

E. Complaints filed with the State Board of Education alleging underpayment during fiscal years that began on or after July 1, 2002, shall be filed within one (1) year of the end of the fiscal year in which the underpayment is alleged to have occurred.

F. Filing a complaint with the State Board of Education pursuant to this section shall not operate to prohibit a teacher from filing an action for underpayment in a court of competent jurisdiction or continuing to pursue an action for underpayment pending in a court of competent jurisdiction on August 29, 2003.

G. The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules necessary to implement the provisions of this section. The rules shall include, but not be limited to, procedures for a teacher to file a complaint for violation of this section and the Department to investigate the complaint.

Added by Laws 2003, c. 434, § 18. Amended by Laws 2004, c. 119, § 3, eff. July 1, 2004; Laws 2004, c. 248, § 2, eff. July 1, 2004; Laws 2015, c. 56, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2015; Laws 2017, c. 333, § 1, eff. July 1, 2017.

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