(a) Teachers employed in a public elementary or secondary school as substitute teachers shall not be paid less per day than either 85 per cent of 1/185 th of the salary of a beginning teacher who holds a bachelor's degree or a wage less than the per hour wage set forth in section 1 of chapter 151, whichever is greater. The salary of the substitute teacher shall be computed as required in this subsection based on the statewide average salary for beginning teachers who hold bachelor's degrees. The department of elementary and secondary education shall compute the statewide average salary to be used for purposes of this subsection, using the latest data available to the department, but not data from earlier than the preceding school year.
(b) This section shall not apply to substitute teachers represented in a bargaining unit in the school district by which they are employed.
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