Congress has released the estimates states will receive based on the current version of the stimulus package.
The Appropriations Act of 2008 directed the Program Evaluation Division to study the State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction. Evergreen Solutions performed the study under contract to the Legislative Services Commission. Major findings are: 1) the diffused leadership of public education has created a dysfunctional and confusing system of governance; 2) the State Board lacks appropriate information to facilitate decision making, oversight, accountability and policy making for public education. A dashboard is needed to monitor success; and 3) the Department of Public Instruction needs additional restructuring and improved operational efficiency. Recommendations address each of the major findings.
Austere prospects from Fiscal Research ….. (a pdf version of the document is linked below)
January 2009 Edition
Restructured Posts Consolidate Decision-Making, Accountability
Gov. Perdue today announced a major restructuring in education leadership that will change the way we do business in North Carolina. In keeping with Gov. Perdue’s commitment to a 21st century education system that affords every child the opportunity to learn, today’s announced changes establish a clearly defined leadership role for seeing through the policies and requirements to ready North Carolina public schools for the global economy.
“I have heard from educational leaders across the state, and their frustrations echo my own experiences serving on the Board,” said Gov. Perdue. “We need to have a clear line of accountability and better structural support to implement new policies.”
“At the same time, the buck stops with me when it comes to North Carolina’s education system. These are changes that are coming at just the right time to kick off a new era of educational innovation and progress.”
Gov. Perdue is asking the State Board of Education to redefine the duties of its chair to include the responsibilities of the newly created Chief Executive Officer, who will manage operations of the public school system. Gov. Perdue is appointing Dr. Bill Harrison to the Board and is asking the Board members to select him as their chair.
Dr. Harrison is currently the Superintendent of Cumberland County Schools — the fourth largest school system in North Carolina. He has also served as Superintendent of Orange County and Hoke County Schools. He began his teaching career in 1975 in Fayetteville.
In addition, Gov. Perdue is appointing Howard Lee to serve as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Education Cabinet, a group she has pledged to reinvigorate. Lee is currently the chair of the State Board of Education.
“Dr. Harrison and Chairman Lee are strongly committed to improving our public schools,” said Gov. Perdue. “Their leadership and experience will be invaluable as we continue to strive to make our schools world-class in a global economy.”
“I’m excited about the opportunity to work with Gov. Perdue in making our public schools they best that they can be,” said Dr. Harrison. “Strong schools mean a stronger economy.”
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to help Gov. Perdue implement her vision for great schools and to work with the state’s top education leaders to build a seamless system that works for all of our students,” said Chairman Lee.
Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson will continue to be the state’s education ambassador, working with superintendents, education leaders, schools, business leaders and others to strengthen our public schools. In addition, Gov. Perdue asked Atkinson to lead a new Blue Ribbon Task Force on Career Development and Workforce Issues.
Also today, Gov. Perdue named Myra Best as special advisor to the Governor on education and education innovation. Best is currently director of the Business Education Technology Alliance and of the E-Learning Commission. She has 14 years of teaching and counseling experience in public schools.
“Myra has been instrumental in helping me put more technology in our schools,” said Gov. Perdue. “She will help us continue to reach our goals of providing 21st century learning options in every corner of our state.”
“Gov. Perdue is a long-time leader in improving our public schools, and I look forward to continuing our work in building strong, 21st century classrooms,” said Best.
The governor continues the process of selecting an education advisor and a teacher advisor.
February 4 & 5, 2009
All the State Board of Education Committees will meet on Wednesday, February 4, Globally Competitive Students (10:30 AM), 21st Century Professionals Committee (1:00 PM), Leadership for Innovation Committee (12:30 PM), and the Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee (2:15 PM).
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 (10:30 AM) Board Room
Globally Competitive Students
· GCS 1 Participation in American Diploma Project (ADP) Algebra I and II Exams The State Board is recommended to determine the plans for NC participation in the American Diploma project. NC is a member of the ADP Network sponsored by Achieve, Inc., which includes 33 states who are committed to ensuring every high school graduate is prepared for college or work by raising the rigor of standards, exams, and curricula. NC has partnered with the Network on developing Algebra I and Algebra II exams based on standards developed by Achieve, Inc. DPI is recommending that a representative sample of high schools participate in the ADP Algebra II assessment in Spring of 2009 to provide a state-to-state comparison. They are also recommending the SBE consider waiving the State Algebra II EOC requirement for the sampled high schools, and that LEAs would have the local option to allow the sampled schools to administer the North Carolina Algebra II EOC. However, the Algebra II EOC results would not be used in accountability. Due to budget constraints, the department recommends, that North Carolina continue to be involved in ADP Algebra I test development activities but not administer the ADP Algebra I exam during spring 2009.
· GCS 2 Technical Correction of State Board Policies SBE policy HSP-N-000 is submitted for deletion as a technical correction as it is being replaced by a revised HSP-N-003 and a new policy HSP-N-009 which was approved in December.
K-2 Literacy Assessment Revision
Back on Track-Adult High School Diploma
Update on Raising Achievement and Closing the Gap Conference–The NC Graduation Project
North Carolina’s Annual Performance Report for Students with Disabilities
21st Century Professionals Committee (1:00 PM) Room 504
· TCP 1 State Evaluation Committee Teacher Education Program and Alternative Lateral Entry Program Approval Recommendations The State Board discussed the approval recommendations made by the State Evaluation Committee on Teacher Education. Program approvals include: Greensboro College, High Point University, Queens University of Charlotte, Salem College, Shaw University, Wake Forest University and Wingate University. The Committee also reviewed the proposal for an alternative program for lateral entry teachers. The Moore County Schools/Sandhills Community College program review is included. The Committee supports the Lateral Entry Training (LET) program being used by Moore County schools. They are using the research-based Learning-Focused model for lesson design, which focuses on five areas; planning, curriculum, instruction, assessment and school organization. They plan to implement this model in 2009-2010 and have submitted their proposal to the State Board for approval.
Update on Teacher Education Program Re-visioning
Leadership for Innovation Committee (12:30 PM)
· LFI 1 Renewal Recommendations for Charter Schools with Charters Expiring June 2009 The State Board will take action on the recommendations of the Office of Charter Schools on renewals for charter schools that expire June 2009. The following is a list of the schools with the renewal recommendations: American Renaissance (Iredell)-10 year, Crossnore (Avery)-5 year, Evergreen (Buncombe)-10 year, Forsyth Academies (Forsyth)-10 year, Greensboro Academy (Guilford)-10 year, Guilford Preparatory Academy (Guilford)-5 year, Mountain Community (Henderson)-10 year, PreEminent (Wake)-No Action, Provisions (Lee)-No Action, Quest (Wake)-10 year, Raleigh Charter High School (Wake)-10 year, Research Triangle Charter Academy (Durham)-5 year, Sandhills Theatre Arts Renaissance School (Moore)-3 year, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (Rutherford)-10 year Vance Charter (Vance)-10 year, Torchlight (Wake)-No Action.
· LFI 2 1:1 Laptop Evaluation: Report to the State Legislature The State Board will discuss the 1:1 Laptop Evaluation Report. The legislation for this program requires a report be submitted to the General Assembly, no later than March 15, 2009. The Friday Institute has completed the first-year evaluation and has provided this report to fulfill the legislative requirement. Some of the next steps recommended include; establishing a public-private funding mechanism, establishing the human infrastructure and support systems needed to take the program statewide, updating the education workforce, developing cost effective, scalable technology services and supports, providing school district policy guidelines, and documentation and evaluation. An overview of the report will be presented for discussion.
-NC Virtual Public School/Learn and Earn on-Line (LEO) Director’s Report
-Low Performing Charter Schools
-Charter Schools: Policies and Processes
-District and School Transformation Update
–Learn and Earn Update
Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting (2:15 PM) Board Room
Action and Discussion Agenda
· TCS 1 North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) Funding Formula The recommendation is that the SBE direct the Department to report the formula options to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. The SBE reviewed the proposed funding formula options for NCVPS. Funding options include: 1) Request and obtain full funding from the General Assembly ($30 million), 2) Charge a fee per course (allow LEAs the flexibility to convert teacher positions to dollars to cover the cost of courses), 3) Develop a formula where NCVPS is treated like an LEA with its own ADM, or 4) a combination of the above options. The cost per course in 2007-2008 was $629.50 with 15,099 students taking courses. The 2008-2009 cost for 15,929 students is projected to be $717.20 per course per student (lower as a result of carryover funds from preceding year). The state average cost per course is actually $870.50.
· TCS 2 Membership for the Council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children The State Board is asked to approve the recommendations for membership to the Council. The Council is responsible for advising the SBE on issues related to the educational needs of children with disabilities. The majority of the members are individuals with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities. There are three SBE vacancies from Regions 4 and 7 with one being a parent of a disabled child, a central office administrator and a representative of a charter school. The term of appointments by the SBE is four years. The SBE is asked to approve the recommendation of Anne Maxwell to fill the position of a parent of a child with disability to server on the Council. Since the January meeting, Susan Humbert (EC teacher, Lake Norman Charter School) has expressed an interest in filling the Charter School representative vacancy and Felix Keyes (principal, Owen Elementary School in Cumberland County) has expressed an interest in filling the vacancy of general education administrator. The appointment term for each is July 1, 2008-June 30, 2012.
· TCS 3 Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children The State Board is recommended to approve the formation of a State Council, as required by state law, to participate in the Interstate Compact for Military Children. The following individuals are being recommended: Dr. June Atkinson, Dr. Kathy Spencer, Onslow County Schools, Mr. Robert Freeman, Seymour Johnson AFB, Mr. Stephen Halkiotis Orange Board of Education, Mr. Kirk Denning Johnston County Schools Principal, Senator Vernon Malone, Representative Rick Glazier, David Phillips, Cumberland County Schools, Board Attorney, Governor Perdue will make her appointment later, and there will be a Military Family Education liaison.
Action on First Reading
· TCS 4 Approval of Grant The recommendation is for the SBE to approve the increased funding for the existing grants for 2008-09.
-Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant Increased funding is recommended for Physics Project Year 2 of 3 (Winston Salem Forsyth -$73,764), Partners for Mathematics Learning: Disseminating North Carolina’s 2008 Mathematics Curriculum Standards Year 2 of 3 (Roanoke Rapids $79,500), NC STEM Year 2 of 3 (Weldon City Schools $30,000), and Modeling Instruction in Physics, Physical Science and Chemistry Year 1 of 2 (Watauga County Schools $30,000). Total amount of the funding is $213,264. Recommendations for new awards will be presented in April 2009.
Contracts over $25,000 – 11 Proposals
Contracts under $25,000 – 10 Proposals
Thursday, February 5, 2009
8:30 AM State Board of Education Meeting, Howard Lee, Chairman
Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance,
Swearing-In Ceremony for New State Board of Education Member
The Honorable Howard E. Manning, Jr., North Carolina Superior Court Judge
· Mr. Ray Durham, Jacksonville, NC, Representing Education District 2
· Project Enlightenment-Wake County Public Schools
Dr. Cynthia Chamblee, Director
· 2008-09 Milken Award Winner
Mr. Bryan Holley, Corinth Holders Elementary School Johnston County Schools
· Donation to the AT&T NC Teacher of the Year Program by AT&T North Carolina
Mr. Herb W. Crenshaw, Executive Director of Legislative Affairs, AT&T North Carolina
Approval of Minutes
Globally Competitive Students
· GCS 5 Dropout Data Report, 2007-08 The report contains statewide and LEA analysis of dropout events, rates and disaggregates data by age, grade, gender, race and reason. The full report will be distributed at the meeting.
Update on the Framework for Change
State Superintendent’s Report: Dr. June Atkinson
Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports
The sixteen member Task Force included representatives from the following eight organizations: Health and Wellness Trust Fund, North Carolina Institute for Public Health, UNC Active Living by Design, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, N.C. Hospital Association, N.C. Parent Teacher Association, American Heart Association and School Nutrition Association of North Carolina. The Task Force was chaired by Leah Devlin, N.C. Health Director, and Howard Lee, Chairman, N.C. State Board of Education. Four main messages emerged from the Task Force: 1) A strong call to action from the Legislative Branch and Governor, 2) Now is the time for action, 3) The state must prioritize the funding needed to reverse the obesity trend, and 4) Measurement of progress in preventing childhood obesity is critical. Based on the legislative directive the Task Force developed 22 recommendations. The following five recommendations were listed as immediate priorities:
1. The N.C. Division of Public Health along with its partners should expand obesity prevention efforts in local communities including: A) the establishment of one FTE in each local health department to coordinate obesity prevention across the community and B) full implementation of Eat Smart, Move More, NC’s Plan to Prevent Overweight, Obesity and Related Chronic Diseases in selected local communities and identification of best practices for improving nutrition and increasing physical activity that will ultimately be adopted across the state. Cost $10.5 million annually.
2. The N.C. State Board of Education should encourage the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to develop or identify academically rigorous honors-level courses in health and/or physical education that can be offered at the high school level.
3. The N.C. General Assembly should direct and fund each LEA to establish one full-time Healthful Living Coordinator in the Central Office whose responsibility is to design, support, implement, manage, and evaluate a district-wide Coordinated School Health Program, which will address childhood obesity prevention and other health related issues. Cost $8.6, $5.7 and $1.2 million over 3 years to DPI.
4. Elementary schools should fully implement the SBE-adopted nutrition standards and should receive support to do this under the following conditions: A) the school district is in full compliance with the N.C. State Board of Education policy on nutrition standards in elementary schools; and B) the school district is not charging indirect cots to the Child Nutrition Program until the program achieves and sustains a three-month operating balance. Cost $20 million annually to DPI.
5. The N.C. General Assembly should require the N.C. State Board of Education to implement a five-year phase-in requirement of quality physical education by 2013, including NASPE Opportunities to Learn with 150 minutes of elementary school physical education weekly, 225 minutes weekly of “Healthful Living” in middle schools, and two units of “Healthful Living” as a graduation requirement for high schools. The SBE shall be required to report to Education Oversight Committee annually regarding the physical education program and Healthy-Active Children Policy. Funding for full implementation by 2013 to be determined.
In addition, to the five “Immediate Priorities” list, the remaining 17 recommendations addressed a 30 minute lunch period for students, the use of a common metrics for all agencies implementing childhood obesity prevention strategies, requires principals whose schools operate vending machines to sign a Memorandum of Agreement to ensure machines contain only those foods and beverages consistent with allowable contents pursuant to the General Statute, to establish statewide nutrition standards for foods and beverage in school-operated vending machines, school stores, snack bars, fundraisers and all other food sale operations on the school campus during the instructional day. Also, the recommendations include the creation of an interagency commission to include representation from the SBE to develop plans to promote active livable communities by expanding Safe Routes to schools, providing funds for the creation and maintenance of sidewalks, bicycle lanes, parks and other green spaces. This commission would address liability protection for shared use of schools and examine policies citing the development of more walkable schools. The commission would also examine the impact of these policies on school transportation costs and economic development. Other recommendations were to encourage Boards of Education to work collaboratively with local policy makers to develop a “Memorandum of Understanding” to promote joint use of all county facilities with the focus of promoting physical activity between schools and community during and after school hours. Finally, the School Planning Section should provide recommendations for building joint park and school facilities and include physical activity space in the facility needs survey for 2010 and subsequent years. The costs for these recommendations are not listed.