2009 LEGISLATIVE SESSION MEMO #16


On Monday the education groups, cities and counties met with the Trial Lawyers and Senator Rand’s counsel to hear the latest version of the Government Immunity legislation being proposed (SB 1026). Everyone was at the meeting except the Counties. The meeting was very short as NCSBA wanted us to stay quiet about the latest version, which was very different from the one we had received. The education groups met after the meeting to discuss strategy for defeating the bill scheduled to be heard in Senate Judiciary I Tuesday. Assignments were made and work began.

The House members returned to Raleigh early Monday afternoon to continue Committee meetings and pass as many bills, subject to Crossover (May 14th), as possible. The Senate didn’t come in until 6:00PM. Bills without fiscal implications have to pass one house or the other before the Crossover Deadline, to remain eligible. Last week HB 593 Change School Starting Date did not get a Favorable Report so NCAE, NCSBA and NCASA and others worked with members on Commerce to secure enough votes to try one more time to get the bill out of Commerce and to the floor. On Monday at 2:00PM Commerce met and this time the motion for a Favorable report passed by a vote of 14-10. HB 636 Staff Development OK on Teacher Workday (PCS changed the name of bill to School Calendar Changes for Inclement Weather/Emergency Conditions) also received a Favorable Report and was headed to the House floor for a vote. Bills were heard for several hours on Monday night before the House and Senate finally adjourned.

Tuesday began early with Committee meetings and a flurry of activity on the Government Immunity bill (SB 1026) and the calendar bill (HB 593). The day was filled with one Committee after another sometimes meeting twice during the day to try and get the bills heard and reported out favorably. The House Education Committee met three times on Tuesday to hear a number of bills, listed below. While all this is was going on the Senate J1 Committee was being worked to get enough votes to defeat the Government Immunity bill. The House and Senate finally finished their list of bills on the calendar around 5:30PM, adjourned and began several more committee meetings. Senate J1 still had a list of more than 20 bills to be heard. The wait began to hear the Government Immunity bill, meanwhile the Homeschoolers bill was put on the Education Committee agenda for their 6:00PM meeting. Discussions after the last Education meeting resulted in an agreement to have Rep. Bordsen be recognized by the Chair to make a motion for an unfavorable report, but Rep. Lucas did not do that and Rep. Samuelson made a motion for a Favorable Report. Interested parties made their case, members talked and the vote count was very close. More members arrived from other committees and the vote was finally taken on the motion and was defeated by 17-16. The bill would have allowed homeschoolers to participate in athletic teams at public schools. We sat and waited in Senate J1 for the Government Immunity bill to be heard, several members had to leave for other commitments, but the votes were still there to defeat the bill. Finally, at 8:30PM Senator Rand stood at the podium to discuss the PCS, which had changed several times since we first saw it on Monday. The questions began and it became apparent Senator Rand did not have the votes to get the bill passed so he walked away from the podium and sat down. The Committee heard one more bill and adjourned for the evening at 9:00PM. The members who had stayed to vote on the bill, were thanked and everyone left.

Senate Appropriations met early on Wednesday to pass HB 917 Implement Executive Order Number 11/Protect Employee (Governor’s Paycut/Furlough bill). Next, Senate Education met to roll out another five bills. Some of the bills passing right now are really problematic, but that is what happens during crossover week. Several other bills were modified to get the necessary support for passage. Hectic and difficult would be the best way to describe the events this week. The Senate also convened their Session at 10:00AM on Wednesday, heard a dozen bills, recessed went back into committee meetings and then came back to begin to finish their calendar at 2:30PM. The House did not convene until 3:00PM to work on their list of bills. The no smoking bill (HB 2) passed first and then after numerous bills, HB 593 the school calendar bill came up. The Speaker had agreed to have five pro members and five con members speak. The vote was 76-41 after it was amended to set the ending date 42 weeks after the start and, after an objection to third reading was recalled, division being called, they voted on the bill and it finally passed 77-39. The next controversial bill to be heard was the contributory negligence bill (HB 813) versus comparative fault. NC is one of four States who maintain some form of Contributory negligence law. This law has been on the books for more than 100 years. The last attempt to change the law in the early 1980’s failed to pass. The Trial attorneys had determined it was time to change NC Contributory Negligence law to Comparative Fault. Businesses, hospitals, chambers, and many more began lobbying to defeat the bill. The vote was close, but it passed second reading and an objection was raised for third reading, but after several more amendments the bill was brought back on third reading and passed and send to the Senate. The impact of this legislation, if it passes, will be on everyone’s insurance costs, since their will likely be an increase in claims and claim payouts as a result a change in the law.

Thursday both chambers convened at 8:30AM and 9:00AM. The House had more than 85 bills on the calendar and at 3:00PM added another 12 bills on a supplemental calendar. The Senate had fewer bills and finished their day around Noon. The House finally adjourned for the week around 5:45PM. The House and Senate will return Monday afternoon. The House Appropriations Chairs will resume their work as will the subcommittees on trying to work on the House budget. The funding targets continue to fluctuate. The House Appropriations Education subcommittee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday at 8:30AM to discuss Base Budget Reductions for Education (public schools, community colleges, universities, and private colleges). The House has adjusted their budget schedule and now hopes to complete their budget by June 18th. This leaves very little time for the House and Senate to concur and get agreement on a final State Budget for 2009-2010. The tricky part of this schedule now comes into play if they can’t complete their work by July 1. The usual Continuing Resolution cannot be done. A Continuing Resolution keeps funding at last year’s levels and at this point we know the funding for 2009-2010 will be below 2008-2009. Stay Tuned for Budget updates next week.

 

House Committees:

Education:

HB 213 VSL Nonfamily Sick Leave Donations Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and sent to House Floor.

HB 311 Continue School Construction Funding Favorable Report and re-referred to Finance.

HB 482 Reinstatement of Sick Leave/School Employees Favorable Report to PCS and re-referred to Appropriations.

HB 971 Legislative Study of Alternative Schools Favorable Report to PCS and re-referred to Rules.

HB 1306 Restore Flexibility to School Calendar Favorable Report to PCS and re-referred to Commerce.

HB 1466 Coordinate Teacher Ed Reporting Requirements Favorable Report and re-referred to Appropriations.

HB 348 Modify Education Requirement/School Board Members Favorable Report to PCS as amended and re-referred to Judiciary III. Requires 12 hours of training for each board member annually. The PCS includes a fine of $100 (amended to $50) for each hour of training not completed.

HB 661 City Managers on School Boards Favorable Report and re-referred to Judiciary III.

HB 1024 Lottery Advertising Compliance Act Favorable Report to PCS and sent to the JII.

HB 1116 Home Schoolers Participate in Sports Lengthy discussion. Favorable Report motion vote 16-17. The bill failed to pass.

HB 1176 Reorganize Schools with High Dropout Rates Favorable Report and sent to the House Floor.

HB 1260 Voter Preregistration and Education Favorable Report and sent to the House Floor.

HB 1474 Credit Education Required/High School Seniors Favorable Report to PCS and sent to House Floor.

HB 1322 Probationary Teacher Appeals Favorable Report to PCS and re-referred to Judiciary III.

HB 1446 Amend Law Re: School Improvement Plans Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and re-referred to Appropriations.

Appropriations:

HB 817 Establish NC Financial Literacy Council Favorable Report and sent to the House Floor.

HB 917 Implement Executive Order Number 11/Protect Employees Favorable Report and sent to the House Floor.

HB 1446 Amend Law Re: School Improvement Plans Favorable Report and sent to the House Floor.

Commerce:

HB 593 Change School Starting Date  Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute, vote was 14-10. The bill now goes to the House floor.   

HB 636 Staff Development OK on Protected Teacher Workday Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and sent to the Floor. Title changed to School Calendar Changes for Inclement Weather/Emergency Conditions.

Energy and  Energy Efficiency:

HB 902 Up B-20 Biodiesel Purchases for School Buses Pulled

Health:

HB 1274 Childhood Obesity/Common Metric Measure Favorable Report and re-referred to Appropriations. New Bill and name changed to State Health Plan Blue Ribbon Task Force. Sent to the House Floor.

Insurance:

HB 535 Health Insurance Coverage/Lymphedema Favorable Report and sent to the House Floor.

HB 1247 State Health Plan/Employee-Only Premium Meeting Cancelled

HB 1391 NC Risk Pool Clarifications Favorable Report and Name Changed to NC Risk Pool Premiums/Notice Requirements and sent to the House Floor.

HB 1022 Workers, Comp./Duration of Total Disability Favorable Report and re-referred to Judiciary II.

HB 1485 Insurance/Health Care Provider Relationship Favorable Report and re-referred to Judiciary II.

Judiciary I:

HB 813 Uniform Apportionment of Tort Responsibility Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute (PCS) and sent to the House Floor.

HB 1292 Employment of Non-Certified Personnel Favorable Report and sent to the House Floor.

Judiciary II:

HB 385 Public School Activity Bus Use/Stecoah Valley Ctr. Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and sent to the House Floor.

HB 1317 Sex Offender Registry Changes Favorable Report and sent to the House Floor.

HB 1117 Sex Offender Can’t Drive Bus with Children Favorable Report to PCS and sent to the House Floor.

HB 1485 Insurance/Health Care Provider Relationship Favorable Report to PCS and sent to the House Floor.

HB 1327 Schools Notified of Gang Membership Favorable Report to PCS and sent to the House Floor. Name Changed to Schools Notified of Criminal Intelligence Information.

Judiciary III:

HB 209 Sex Offender Registry/Liberties with Students Favorable Report and sent to the House Floor.

HB 1078 Report School Violence to LEA Office Favorable Report and sent to the House Floor.

HB 1261 Protect Our Kids/Cyber Bullying Misdemeanor Favorable Report and sent to the House Floor.

HB 1255 Sex Offenders/Permanent No Contact Order Favorable Report and sent to the House Floor.

HB 661 City Managers on School Board Favorable Report as amended and sent to the House Floor.

HB 1322 Probationary Teacher Appeals Favorable Report to PCS and sent to the House Floor.

HB 348 Modify Education Requirement/School Board Members Favorable Report to PCS and amended and sent to the House Floor.

Local Government II:

HB 352 Lottery School Capital Fund Formula Favorable Report and re-referred to Finance.

Rules, Calendar and Operations:

HB 188 Study Raising Compulsory Attendance Age Favorable Report and sent to the House Floor.

HB 223 No High School Graduation Project Required Favorable Report and sent to the House Floor.

State Government/State Personnel:

HB 1031 Building Standards/Pre-K Classes in Public Schools Favorable Report to PCS.

HB 1046 Child Care Facilities Rules Favorable Report to PCS.

Transportation:

HB 1117 Sex Offender Can’t Drive Bus with Children Favorable Report and re-referred to Judiciary II.

 

Senate Committees:

Education /Higher Education

SB 583 Tuition Reciprocity/Community Colleges Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute.

SB 824 Bus Transportation/After-School Programs Favorable Report to PCS.

SB 1012 Home Schoolers in Public School Program/Study Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and re-referred to Senate Rules.

SB 1028 Encourage Volunteerism in Schools Favorable Report to PCS. Title changed to “Volunteer to Support Academic Success in Schools.”

SB 962 Probationary Teacher Appeals Favorable Report to PCS.

Commerce:

SB 534 Healthy Families and Healthy Workplaces Act Pulled

SB 894 UI/School Teacher Related Amendments Favorable Report to PCS.

Health Care:

SB 877 Health Benefit Plan Provider Contracts Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute. Name Changed to Health Plan Provider Contracts/Transparency

Judiciary I:

SB 491 Expunge Nonviolent Crimes Favorable Report to PCS and re-referred to Finance.

SB 859 Tort Claims Act Local Gov. Opt-In Favorable Report and sent to the Senate Floor.

Mental Health & Youth Services:

HB 88 Healthy Youth Act Meeting Cancelled. Bill remains alive for passage in the Senate.

Pensions & Retirement & Aging

SB 468 Authorize Insurance for Former Employees Favorable Report and sent to the Senate Floor.

SB 740 Reinstatement of Sick Leave/School Employees Favorable Report and sent to the Senate Floor.

 

House Floor:

HB 2 Prohibit Smoking in Certain Public Places Concurred and Ratified.

HB 188 Study Raising Compulsory Attendance Age Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 209 Sex Offender Registry/Liberties with Students Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 213 VSL Nonfamily Sick Leave Donations Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 223 No High School Graduation Project Required Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate. The bill requires a study to determine fiscal impact and delays Graduation Project requirement until 2011-2012.

HB 229 Retired Teachers Return to Work-Re-Referred from Education to Appropriations by Rules Chairman.

HB 311 Continue School Construction Funding Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 348 Modify Education Requirement/School Board Members Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HJR 364 State Board of Education Confirmations Withdrawn

HJR 365 Joint Session for State Board of Education Confirmations Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate. Reginald Kenan-Duplin County, Christine Greene-High Point, Tricia Willoughby-At-Large, Wayne McDevitt-Asheville.

HB 385 Public School Activity Bus Use/Stecoah Valley Ctr. Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate

HB 482 Reinstatement of Sick Leave/School Employees Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 535 Health Insurance Coverage/Lymphedema Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 593 Change School Starting Date Passed second and third reading as amended sent to the Senate.

HB 636 School Calendar Changes for Inclement Weather/Emergency Conditions Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 642 Retirement Technical Corrections Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 661 City Managers on School Boards Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 813 Uniform Apportionment of Tort Responsibility Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 817 Establish North Carolina Financial Literacy Council Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 827 Unattended Children in Vehicles Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 856 Modify Charter School Law Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 917 Implement Executive Order #11/Protect Employees Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate. Passed Senate with an amendment. House Concurred and Ratified.

HB 1031 Building Standards/Pre-Kindergarten Classes in Public Schools Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 1046 Child Care Facilities Rules Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 1078 Report School Violence to Local Education Agency Office Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 1117 Sex Offenders Can’t Drive Bus with Children Re-referred to Appropriations.

HB 1176 Reorganize Schools with High Dropout Rate Passed second and third reading as amended and sent to the Senate.

HB 1255 Sex Offenders/Permanent No Contact Order Passed second and third reading as amended and sent to the Senate.

HB 1260 Voter Preregistration and Education Passed second and third reading as amended and sent to the Senate.

HB 1261 Protect Our Kids/Cyber Bullying Misdemeanor Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.  (Vote 112-4)

HB 1274 State Health Plan Blue Ribbon Task Force Passed second and third reading as amended and sent to the Senate.

HB 1287 Recycle Products Containing Mercury Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 1292 Employment of Noncertified School Personnel Passed second and third reading as amended and sent to the Senate.

HB 1294 North Carolina Risk Pool Premiums/Notice Requirements Passed second and third reading as amended and sent to the Senate.

HB 1317 Sex Offender Registry Change Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 1322 Probationary Teacher Appeals Passed second and third reading as amended and sent to the Senate. (Vote 84-32)

HB 1327 Schools Notified of Criminal Intelligence Information Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 1329 Consolidate Expunction Statutes Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 1433 Clarify Volunteer Immunity/Automated External Defibrillators Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 1446 Amend Law Re: School Improvement Plans Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 1474 Credit Education Required/High School Students Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 1504 Transfer NCCAT to State Board of Education Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

 

Senate Floor:

SB 68 No ABC Establishments w/1,000 Ft. of School Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 220 General Statutes Comm. Technical Corrections Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 468 Authorize Insurance for Former Employees Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 740 Reinstatement of Sick Leave/School Employees Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 824 Bus Transportation/After-School Program Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 859 Tort Claims Act/Local Gov. Opt-In Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 877 Health Plan Provider Contracts/Transparency Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 894 UI/School Teacher Related Amendments Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 962 Probationary Teacher Appeals Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 1028 Volunteers to Support Academic Success in School Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 1069 Joining Our Businesses and Schools Commission Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

HB 2 Prohibit Smoking in Certain Public Places Passed third reading and sent to the House for concurrence.

HB 917 Implement Executive Order #11/Protect Employees Passed second and third reading with an amendment and sent to the House for Concurrence

 

Bills in Committees Next Week

HB65 Students Under 16 May Attend Community College

HB 316 Assignment of Multiples to Charter Schools

 

*Many Committees have not scheduled bills yet for next week.

*Will advise if we see anything scheduled in Committees for next week, on Monday afternoon in a    separate e-mail notice to everyone.

Summary of May State Board of Education Agenda: May 6, 2009

 

All the State Board of Education Committees met on Wednesday, May 6, Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee (7:30 AM), Globally Competitive Students (8:45 AM) including the State Board of Career and Technical Education, 21st Century Professionals Committee (1:15 PM), and the Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:15 PM). In addition, the State Board of Education Meeting will begin at 2:45 PM on Wednesday.  There was no meeting scheduled for Thursday.

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 (7:30 AM) Board Room

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 1 Approval of Grant

-2009-2010 Reading First Funding Approved the allotments and the educational grants. North Carolina received $12,218,578 for the final year of the Reading First grant. This is a 62 percent reduction in funds from previous years. Permission is also requested to continue funding for three full-time reading coaches for three schools that were low-performing schools in 2007-2008. Wake County does not receive funds from this grant.

-Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Awarded to NCDPI from USDA Approved distribution of funds to 62 schools selected to participate in the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable program for the 2009-2010 school year. The USDA will provide $1,772,871.91 to NCDPI’s Child Nutrition Services Section for the schools participating in the program that is intended to promote healthier food choices among children throughout the school day, and to promote health snacks in lieu of less healthy snack choices. No list of the schools was provided.

Committee Meeting: A brief overview was presented to the committee for each of the grants. Members inquired as to the formula used for the distribution of funds.

Late Items

  • TCS 3 Temporary Policy for Flexible Furlough Leave Approved the Temporary Policy for Flexible Furlough Leave. Governor Perdue signed an Executive Order on April 28, 2009 for the implementation of the salary reduction for full-time public school employees who will receive ten hours of flexible furlough leave to be taken between May 1 and December 31 in return for the 0.5 percent reduction in salary. Non-full-time employees will receive a proportional number of flexible furlough leave hours based on their employment term. Use of Flexible Furlough Leave policy states: 1) Employees using flexible furlough leave shall coordinate the leave times with their immediate supervisor or principal, 2) Flexible furlough leave can be taken in any increment, 3) Classroom teachers, media specialists, and teacher assistants who require substitutes and bus drivers may not use flexible furlough leave at any time that students are scheduled to be in attendance (an instructional day). Employees who do not require substitutes may, use flexible furlough leave on any day school is in session, 4) Employees may use flexible furlough leave between May 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009 and 5) Flexible furlough leave cannot be paid out when separating from service for any reason.

Committee Meeting: Mr. Price explained the policy and members had questions regarding salaries paid from local, federal and grant sources. All funds coming through State funds are affected, local monies are exempt.  A website is being developed by DPI to answer questions regarding the furloughs and salary reduction and to assist LEAs with their questions.  The website should be active by May 8.

  • TCS 4 Emergency Flexibility for Transfers within the State Public School Fund  Approved the authorization for LEAs to have the flexibility to adjust all State allotment categories (Except Driver Education) to offset the mandated reduction to the LEAs Non-Instructional Support allotment. The Governor has increased the required reversion for public school from $159 million to $200 million. This reduction for Wake County from the Non-Instructional Support allotment is $3,872,485/or $27.75 per ADM. The Board authorized emergency funding flexibility to allow LEAs to move funds from other allotted categories in the State Public School Fund to Non-Instructional Support. This flexibility will allow each LEA to identify the specific allotment categories for which they have determined a reduction could be managed.

Committee Meeting: Mr. Price explained the necessity for this action. There was little discussion as all were in agreement and supported this action.  Mr. Price continued to paint the bleak budget outlook for the 2009-2010 as government and business forecasters feel that full recovery from this shortfall will last for another five years. The projected shortfall for 2009-2010 is estimated to be approximately $4.5 billion.

Contracts over $25,000 – 12 Proposals

Contracts under $25,000 – 5 Proposals

Additional information has been included in the contract section to indicate the total number of approved contracts for this fiscal year for each vendor together with the total cost of each contract.

New Business:

-Communications Update Ms. Jeter presented briefly on the activities of the Communications Department. This month the focus was on the budget, flu, emergency preparedness, and a new website for the State Board.

-Intern Update Three intern positions have been filled and they will begin work on May 15.

 

Globally Competitive Students (8:45 AM) Board Room

Action on First Reading

State Board of Career and Technical Education

  • GCS 1 Construction Education Programs Certification and Credentials The new policy is proposed to ensure construction education programs (carpentry, electrical trades and masonry) offered in NC public schools provide students with skills and knowledge meet or exceed industry standards. When a program is certified by the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER), participating students will graduate with industry-developed skills and knowledge to prepare them for further education and employment. The NCCER program leads to various craft certifications and credentials. Students can earn community college credits, while in high school. Requirements for certification include: 1) Construction Programs must be certified by the NCCER/NCDPI as Accredited Training and Education Facilities, 2) Instructors must successfully complete the Instructor Certification Training Program and be certified as a Craft Instructor in their field, and 3) Students must be entered into the NCCER national registry. They will receive certification and credentials upon successful completion of curriculum as follows: 1) Must achieve a score of 70 percent on written assessment administered by a certified instructor and 2) must demonstrate competence on required performance task.

Committee Meeting: A review of the item was presented. The certification is available to all schools meeting the standards. Board members voiced concerns that some schools were not meeting the standards and it is becoming an issue of safety. The cost for certification is $350 for which Carl Perkins grant funds may be used. Facilities became an issue for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area and they were deemed not meeting the standards, but a waiver or (Plan) could be submitted to cover this situation.

Board Meeting: The $6,000 price tag to upgrade the Charlotte facility was brought to the table again as was the matter of safety. It was suggested to delay this item one year, however, after much back and forth discussion, adding to the confusion, a motion was made but not seconded and the item did not pass. It will be placed back in Committee for more information and discussion.

  • GCS 2 2009-2010 Writing Assessment Plan Approved the revised proposal. In 2008-2009 students in grades 4 and 7 were asked to complete two content-specific writing assignments and two on-demand writing tasks. Students in grade 7 used word processing tools in order to complete their assignments. Most students in grades 4 and 7 maintained their work in paper portfolios. Students in the 18 pilot sites stored their work in an electronic portfolio. The State Board of Education will hear findings from the first year of the writing project as well receive a proposal for the 2009-2010 writing assessments. Some of the proposed changes for 2009-2010 will include: two content specific assignments and two on-demand tasks. The first on-demand tasks will be a diagnostic or benchmarking assessments depending on school preference, General Education, NCCLAS and NCEXTEND2 student in grades 4 and 7 will participate, the on-demand assignment and Content-specific will be done in the Fall (Flexible), Content-specific and On-demand will be done in the Spring (flexible), scoring will consist of one score for on-demand (scoring the features and conventions) and 2 scores for content-specific (1 of content and 1 of features/conventions), lead implementation will be LEA Instructional Leaders, as the focus of the writing system is instruction. More resources will be added with revised online Professional Development courses and provide a single comprehensive resource guide to assist in successful implementation. Some of the key changes are included above. Additional changes are: shift to year-long instruction system, communication about purpose, logistics and implementation will be improved, electronic pilot is open to all interested LEAs, flexible windows on writing assignments, teachers in consultation with students will choose the contents-specific writing assignment, and as stated above LEA instructional leaders will handle implementation this school year. A copy of these materials is available on-line at the DPI website under State Board meetings.

Committee Meeting: Board members were very supportive of staff and the work surrounding this project. There was a great deal of enthusiasm from stakeholders as more LEAs requested involvement.

  • GCS 3 Changes to Policy Providing Annual Performance Standards Under the ABCs Model Approved the amendments to the policy. Policy HSP-C-021 is revised to reflect two modifications to the ABCs growth formulas. First, the growth component for college university pre/college tech prep (CUP/CTP) is being modified to give additional credit to schools that already have a high number of students graduating from a high school in the program (CUP/CTP). Previously, once you attained near 100 percent in this category there was no way to give schools any credit (in calculating the ABC’s growth) for their efforts to graduate all the students. The policy change will benefit those high schools that are at the top of this category, in graduating their students in this program. Second, the U.S. History prediction is being revised to use Civics & Economics or Biology as the primary predictor for how students will do in US History. Presently, English I is used as the primary predictor for US History and it will be a better predictor using a history course. English I may be used as the secondary predictor for US History. These changes were discussed last year and are minor.

Committee Meeting:  A brief overview was present and no further discussion was necessary.

Action on First Reading

  • GCS 4 Changes to NC’s NCLB Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook

Approved the three amendments to the NC Accountability Workbook. For the 2008-09 School Year amendments were made for 1) Students with Disabilities Who Exit the Program, 2) Retesting results in Grades 3 through 8, and 3) Redundancy in End-of-Course (EOC) and End-of-Grade (EOG) Testing. LEP students in their first year are exempt from retesting since their scores are not used in state and federal accountability. The policy is available upon request.

Committee Meeting: Board members expressed their frustration with the redundancy of students having to take two Algebra tests and the lack of a timely response to our requests. The entire process is time consuming and cumbersome.

  • GCS 5 Changes to Policy Delineating the Components of the ABCs Accountability Program for the 2009-2010 School Year Approved the changes to policy HSP-C-020. Due to the budget crisis NCDPI requests Grade 3 Pretests in Reading and Mathematics be removed from the testing and accountability program for the 2009-2010 school year. This will remove Grade 3 from ABCs growth calculations in both reading and mathematics, but Grade 3 results still will be used for AYP and the ABCs performance composite calculations. This will constitute approximately $93,000 in savings from this year’s budget.

Committee Meeting: After a review of the item there was a question as to the impact this would have on K-3 schools with growth calculations. Staff said there would need to be some adjustments made in some circumstances. Some LEAs had concerns as they had been using the pretest but Dr. Garland indicated this assessment was not a good diagnostic tool and was not required by NCLB. In a meeting at the General Assembly there was discussion surrounding the elimination of some additional tests for next year and movement toward a National test for Algebra II. .

Board Meeting: Board member Taft said she felt uncomfortable voting for this, but Dr. Garland again stated this was not a good diagnostic test, the K-2 was a better assessment for growth calculations. There was a question of the time needed to have the test information back, but since they are scored locally that should not be a factor.

  • GCS 6 Occupational Course of Study – Proposed Temporary Waiver of Paid Employment Graduation Requirement Approved amending the paid employment graduation requirement for the OCS, to allow participating students in the graduating classes of 2008-09 and 2009-2010 to substitute 360 hours of additional unpaid vocational training, unpaid internships, paid employment at community rehabilitation facilities, and volunteer and/or community service hours for the 360 hours of competitive, paid employment hours if unable to secure paid employment in an integrated employment setting due to local job market conditions. LEAs will be required to maintain documentation of their attempts to help the student secure paid employment. Evidence of interagency collaboration and referral(s) must be documented on the student’s transition component of their IEP.

Committee Meeting: Dr. Watson presented an overview to the Committee and the question was will there be sufficient time remaining for 2008-2009 graduates to complete their service hours.  She indicated some LEAs were willing to work with the students during the summer in order to complete this requirement.

Discussion:

  • GCS 7 Recommended Changes to Achievement Level Descriptors for NCEXTEND2 for 2009-2010 School Year The Department discussed amending policy HSP-C-026 and the achievement level descriptors for NCEXTEND2 students in each of the four achievement levels for mathematics, reading, and science be approved. This item will be presented for Action at the June SBE meeting.

Committee Meeting:   An overview was presented and no discussion was necessary.

  • GCS 8 Academic Scholars Program The Academic Scholars Program must be revised to align with the Future-Ready Core Graduation Requirements, approved in September 2008, for students entering ninth grade for the first time in 2009-2010.  The program revisions include additional required credits for Health and Physical Education, Career and Technical Education and Arts Education (Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, or Visual Arts) plus the requirements for Future-Ready Core Graduation Requirements. This item will be presented for Action in June.

Committee Meeting: Two options were provided for discussion. The first option indicates adherence to the Future-Ready Core Graduation requirements and an unweighted grade point average of 3.500. This option requires 21 credits and omits the 9-12 requirement, and the fourth math credit will not be required to be a higher level math. It also reduces the elective requirements by three.  The second option indicates adherence to the Future-Ready Core Course Requirements for UNC System and an unweighted grade point average of 3.500. This option requires 21 credits and also omits the 9-12 requirements, but the fourth math credit will be required to be a high level math course. This option also includes the UNC system requirement of two language credits and reduces electives requirements by three. There was concern that the number of credits was 21 for the Scholars Program, while the Future-Ready-Core required 24.  Dr. Peterson indicated his choice would be Option 2, but would like to see either a higher GPA or a weighted 3.500. There was also support for Option 2 from other members of the Board and Dr. Atkinson suggested adding the Graduation Project as a requirement. After some discussion it was decided not to add the Graduation Project until the current issues are resolved, since it appears at this time the Project does not have the full support of the General Assembly. There was also mention of placing more emphasis on the higher math courses. Staff was instructed to make revisions and bring this item back in June.

  • GCS 9 High School Courses Taken in the Middle School Considerations for Social Studies

K-12 Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology staff will share information with the GCS Committee on expanding the current policy HSP-M-001 that allows students to take high school social studies courses for high school credit, while they are in middle school. This item will be presented for Action in June.

Committee Meeting: Board members had concerns that students would be missing some of the fundamentals of the course, however, staff indicated this would provide students with more access and equity and with the new social studies standards the content would be more global in all grades. It would be an LEA decision on how to provide access to the courses. Some suggestions were they could transport the students to the high school, establish a virtual course or provide a teacher from the high school to teach the course.

New Business:

– Recommendations on Course for Credit Dr. Garland stated work is continuing on the course for credit issue with the assistance of NC Wise. Procedures are being developed for providing a uniform statewide grading system and recommendations will be presented next month amending policy HSP-L-004. Eight school systems are currently out of compliance with Federal regulations in relation to student transcripts. She discussed briefly the recommendation and states some examples in awarding AP credit. The recommendation states if a local board of education policy mandates an Advanced Placement exam, and the student does not take the exam, the student’s course designation shall not be changed to one that earns lower credit, i.e., the weight of the AP course shall remain the same on student’s transcript as if he/she took the exam.

 

11:15 PM Board meets in Open Session/Board convenes Closed Session

11:50 Board reconvenes in Open Session and recesses until after lunch (1:15 PM)

 

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:15 PM) Room 504

Action on First Reading

  • TCP 1 -Principal and Teacher Evaluation Instrument State Level Ratings Approved  adoption of a process whereby a random sample of principal ratings utilizing the North Carolina Principal Evaluation Instrument and a random sampling of Teacher ratings utilizing the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation Instrument are collected and analyzed. Access by the SBE to these ratings would allow for further validation of these two instruments as well as provide quantitative-based research data that could help improve classroom instruction and school-based leadership. This item will be presented for action in June.

Committee Meeting: Brief overview of the history and background of this item.  No additional discussion.

  • TCP 2 Principal/Assistant Principal Evaluation Instrument Approved the request to allow McRel to begin the validation process to determine suitability of using principal evaluation instrument for evaluating assistant principals. Currently there is no evaluation instrument for Assistant Principals that is aligned with the new School Executive Standards. Adoption of the North Carolina Principal Evaluation Instrument for use with assistant principal evaluations would provide an instrument aligned with the Standards. This item will be presented for action in June.

Committee Meeting: Board members had some reservations regarding the descriptors listed in the Principal’s Evaluation relative to the work of the Assistant Principals. However, the representative from McRel indicated they plan to field test approximately 200 Assistant Principals with the evaluation and then determine if the results are valid. Members agreed using the Principals Evaluation will provide expanded opportunities for Assistant Principals and help to build leadership qualities. There appears to be a great deal of support from the field regarding this issue

LATE ITEMS

  • TCP 3 Proposed Adjustment to Physical Education Praxis II Assessment Qualifying Score Approved changing the Physical Education Praxis II Assessment Qualifying Score from 158 to 152. The Praxis II tests reviewed were Physical Education, Marketing Education, Middle School English/Language Arts, Middle School Science and Speech Language Pathology. A panel was asked to review the tests with a view of what a beginning practitioner would need to know and be able to do when they enter into their respective roles.

Committee Meeting: Dr. Craig Murphy, ETS presented an overview on how the panel examined the five Praxis II assessments and current qualifying scores used to determine whether those tests remain appropriate for continued use as one criterion required for licensure of beginning practitioners. Tests are assessed every five years and recommended changes are made accordingly. Representatives from the universities questioned if the assessments were examined according to the new standards (effective July 1,) or the old standards. It was noted the assessments should be reviewed on current standards and staff should be notified when the standards change. 

  • TCP 4 Recommendations from the Advisory Board on Requests for Exception from Teacher Licensing Requirements Approved the requests as presented. A panel chaired by a member of the State Board reviews the requests by individuals who have not met licensing requirements due to extenuating circumstances. They may request an exception from the requirement or an extension of time. Closed Session Item

Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:15 PM) Board Room

Action on First Reading

  • LFI 1 Approval of LEAs and Charter Schools Technology Plans Approved the Technology plans for the 14 LEAs listed, the Department of Health & Human Services (Wake Co.) and 18 Charter Schools (PreEminent Academy in Wake Co.) for approval by both ITS and DPI technology consultants. Final approval by the State Board of Education qualifies these LEAs for the School Technology Trust Funds, NCLB and federal eRate monies, as well as a variety of private technology grants. A copy of the list is available upon request from this office.

Board Meeting: No Discussion.

  • LFI 2 Appointment to Joint Advisory Committee for Cooperative Innovative High School Programs Approved the appointment of one member of the ASIS staff and one member of the NSP staff to the Joint Advisory Committee. The names of the candidates were not available.

Board Meeting: No Discussion

  • LFI 3 School-Based Calendar Waivers for Educational Purposes Approved the calendar waivers for educational purposes for eight Guilford County Schools.

Board Meeting: No Discussion

Discussion:

  • LFI 4 Standardization of Waiver/Exemption List for Cooperative Innovative High School Program Application The SBE discussed approving the routine waiver exemptions (standard exemption’s language) to become a part of the application process. Staff recommends the State Board Chair be authorized to approve these routine waivers for LEAs that are opening innovative programs. The current process unnecessarily burdens personnel at the school district and at the NCDPI. In most cases, the exemptions requested are routine. SBE Waiver ID descriptions are classified as CA-1, CA-2 for waivers requested in accordance with the Calendar Bill, P-1 and P-2 specify waivers for personnel, CU-1 relates to routine waiver with curriculum, and TST-1, TST-2, TST-3 relate to issues with testing. A draft copy of the standards for waivers is available upon request from this office.

Board Meeting: The Committee discussion resulted in some minor changes in the calendar CA 2 category and TST 2, testing section. This item is scheduled for the June meeting.

New Business:-

-New Charter School Applications Sixteen applications were presented for review, and seven were selected for the interview process for the three open charter school slots.  There will be a Committee Conference Call requesting members to rank the seven schools and the top three will be recommended by the Committee for approval in June. A list of the seven schools selected for review was not available.

 

2:45 PM State Board of Education Meeting, Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance, Approval of Minutes

 

Information Agenda

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee

  • TCS 2 A Discussion of North Carolina’s Effective Teachers and Teacher Salaries – Research by Duke Graduate Students

Staff will report on two research projects to answer the following: 1) What are the characteristics of effective teachers, and how can the SBE promote those characteristics among current North Carolina teachers? and 2) How should North Carolina revise its teacher salary schedule (within existing funds) in order to attract and retain high quality teachers and maximize student achievement?

Board Meeting: Project I involved the DPI Intern team and their research indicated that teacher quality is the most influential school-related factor in determining student achievement and growth. Despite having developed statistical models to identify effective and ineffective teachers based on student growth comparisons, researchers have been unable to establish a pattern of common background characteristics among effective teachers. In addition to identifying effective teachers, it is also important to understand what methods can be used to enhance the performance of teachers in the classroom. Providing instruction that is targeted to individual students, promoting mentoring between experienced and novice teachers, and sharing best practices among teachers have been identified as factors that can increase teacher effectiveness. Recommendations from the team are: 1) Provide teachers and administrators with classroom goal summaries for end-of-grade exams, 2) Provide professional development through a video sharing website, and 3) Provide teachers with a professional networking website.

Project 2: Current academic research indicates that North Carolina’s salary structure fails to reward evidence-based characteristic of effective teachers.  Research demonstrates that returns in teacher effectiveness from additional years of experience are likely to be highest in the early years of teaching.  Masters degrees do not appear to affect teacher quality, with the exception of Masters degrees in Math and Science. While NBPTS certification appears to identify effective teachers, the process itself does not appear to improve teacher quality. Hard to staff school districts have a smaller proportion of effective teachers, and also face higher teacher turnover leaving the less experienced teachers working with the most disadvantaged students. Recommendations to DPI are: 1) Beginning teacher starting salary at $35,000, 2) Annual increase during the first ten steps, after the tenth step an annual increases would decline to 0.5 percent, 3) Annual supplement of $2,500 for each teacher earning a Masters degree in Math or Science and teaching in that subject area and scoring at 1.25 standard deviations above the mean on the Praxis II exam, and 4) Double annual supplements of $5,000 each for teachers working in a hard to staff school. In addition, to complement the new schedule, teachers with zero to five years of experience sign twelve-month contracts that include 180 days of instructional time, one month allocated for professional development and one month allocated for planning time. Current plan is to use some of the component of the research in the Halifax Plan. Board members were very complimentary of the work of the interns and very appreciative of the information provided by the research.

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports-Listed Above

 

-State Superintendent’s Report

Dr. June Atkinson requested the endorsement of the Board for the Memorandum of Agreement that commits states to a state-led process that will draw on evidence and lead to development and adoption of a common core of State standards in English language arts and mathematics for grades K-12. These standards will be aligned with college and work expectations, include rigorous content and skills, and be internationally benchmarked. The intent is that these standards will be aligned to state assessment and classroom practice. The second phase of this initiative will be the development of common assessments aligned to the core standards developed through this process. Board approval was unanimously.

In addition, she highlighted the Choice Bus and provided several student comments, discussed the Stay In School Day in Wayne County, provided an update on the Economic Develop Commission, Race to the Top Committee, and a flu virus update relative to school closings.

 

Chairman’s Remarks

Update on the Framework for Change Dr. Garland provided updates regarding the work being done on the standards and the release of the Math Standards, Accountability Model is still a work in progress and the Assessments are behind schedule due to the impact on current funding.

Legislative Report Chris Minard provide the latest legislative news from the General Assembly and State Treasurer Janet Cowell added comments regarding the revenue shortfall and the status of the state scholarship fund.

Adjourn

2009 LEGISLATIVE SESSION MEMO #15

 

The week began in earnest on Monday as the House Appropriations Chairs returned to Raleigh in hopes of getting down to business on the budget. Meanwhile, a meeting was held with Senator Stein to discuss one of his bills on Safe Schools. His request was for a group of interested parties to get together and hammer out the details of what could be done on the training aspect for the reportable offenses and adding questions to the Working Conditions Survey. The House and Senate convened on Monday evening and ran several bills, moved bills off the calendar, and left to return to work on Tuesday.

State employees rallied at the Legislature on Tuesday to protest the pay cuts and furloughs the Governor enacted last week. Meanwhile, House Education Appropriations met on Tuesday morning to hear 3-5 minute presentations from twelve Non-Profit groups who receive State funding. They started with the Radio stations (3) then moved on to Technology groups and then to the Education areas. They were barely half way through when time ran out and the Chairs requested the remaining non-profits to return to finish the presentation immediately after Session. House Education was next on the schedule to meet and hear several bills, including the Graduation Project and Personal Education Plans (PEP). The NAACP spoke in favor of the PEP legislation, which requires teachers to prepare a PEP anytime during the year, using any factors they deem relevant, include a parent in the process, give parents notice of the PEP, and send home the plan. The Republicans and Democrats on the Committee thought the passage of this bill would improve the success of students and increase the graduation rate. The PEP legislation was first introduced 10 years ago and the question is has it made a difference yet? This will likely increase the number of PEPs required by several times. NCAE was supporting the bill. The Graduation Project flexibility bill and study passed with bipartisan support and was sent to Rules to be included in the Study bill. Efforts were ongoing with members on House Bill 593 Change School Starting Date. The bill would have allowed LEAs to adjust their calendars to begin school as early as the second Monday in August. As usual the tourism industry was lobbying hard to defeat the bill scheduled in House Commerce. Commitments were made for two minor amendments and it was believed the votes were there. After several members did not show up for Committee and the votes were counted the bill did not receive a Favorable Report by a 13 to 14 roll call vote. The bill is rescheduled for Monday, May 11 on Commerce again. The bill has passed the House before, but has not gotten a hearing in the Senate, but it will have to clear the House first. Another local bill to provide calendar flexibility for three counties did not receive a Favorable report in another House Committee though the bill sponsor, Rep Burr (Freshman), did a Great Job presenting and arguing for the bill. He received a better vote on his bill in defeat than the other bills did in this same committee previously.

Prior to Session the House Appropriations Chairs met to hear from State Revenue on possible availability for preparing the House budget. All the Chairs were saying it is bad and getting worse everyday. House Appropriations met first thing Wednesday morning to pass two bills, HB 917 Implementation of Executive Order #11/Protect Employees and HB 1172 Take Voluntary Furloughs/State Government & Schools. Joint Appropriations is scheduled to meet in the morning to hear the Revenue report at 9:15 AM. Then the House Appropriations Chairs will go back to work to give the subcommittee’s their targets for preparing their budgets. Public Schools, was funded at $7.8 Billion last year and the Continuation Projections for 2009-2010 are $8.245 Billion. In other developments on Tuesday, the Senate passed the SB576, the bullying bill, by a vote of 25-22. The debate lasted a long time and most of the votes fell along party lines. Another contentious bill on the Senate floor this week, The Healthy Youth Act (sex education bill) was pulled from the calendar and sent back to the Mental Health and Youth Committee for further work.

On Wednesday, the House approved the Furlough bills and sent them to the floor for a vote. The Revenue numbers are about $4 Billion below last year’s total budget of $21.3 Billion. Cuts and funding are going to need to occur to balance the books. The House remains on target to finish the budget by the end of May. The fiscal staff advised the members it could take up to five years to get the funding allotment back to where it was in 2008-2009. Meanwhile schools and schools of higher education continue to add students and the State’s needs in health care are growing too.

On Thursday, the flurry of bills in Committees continued in both the House and the Senate. The number of bills posted on the House and Senate calendars for a floor vote, are also increasing. Committees continued their fast pace by scheduling multiple meetings to try and get bills approved before Crossover Deadline, May 14th. This gets to be a scary time when things are passed and no one knows what changes are being made to bills. The House Appropriations Chairs are hoping to release their funding targets to the various subcommittee chairs today. The House Committees are scheduling meetings for Monday to try and get the bills passed before the May 14th deadline. House Budget work will really get started next week, but the question is how long before they finish and it is looking like early June.

 

Bills Introduced:

HB 1580 Ensure Accountability Re: Stimulus Funds

HB 1590 The School Construction Bond Act of 2009

HB 1651 Public Safety Employee/Employer Cooperation

 

House Committees:

Education:

HB 223 No High School Graduation Project Required-Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and re-referred to Rules.

HB 661 City Managers on School Boards Pulled

HB 804 Amend Law RE: Personal Education Plans-Favorable Report and sent to the Floor.

HB 971 Legislative Study of Alternative Schools Pulled

HB 1031 Building Standards/PreK Classes in Public Schools-Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and re-referred to State Government/State Personnel.

HB 1038 Economic Development Thru Innovative Schools/Commission-Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and re-referred to Appropriations.

Commerce:

HB 177 Healthy Families and Healthy Workplaces Act Not Heard

HB 593 Changing School Starting Date-Passed two amendments and the bill failed by a vote of 13-14. Several members were not present who would have voted Yes and several members committed to voting yes and voted no instead.

HB 636 Staff Development OK on Protected Teacher Workdays Pulled

HB 1177 Restore Flexibility to the School Calendar Pulled

Election Law and Campaign Finance Reform:

HB 1260 Voter Pre-registration and Education-Favorable Report

Energy and Energy Efficiency:

HB 1199 Energy Efficiency in Bldgs. if State Funded-Favorable Report as Amended to take out public schools.

Health:

HB 1373 Phase-In Physical Education Requirements Pulled The bill sponsors plan to roll this and several other obesity initiatives into a study bill.

HB 744 Diabetes Control Plans in Charter Schools-Favorable Report to PCS. Removed the reporting requirement and simply requires charter schools to develop Diabetes.

Insurance:

HB 1022 Workers’ Compensation/Duration of Total Disability Not Heard

HB 438 State Health Plan/Calendar Year Favorable Report and re-referred to Appropriations. Fiscal note with this bill.

Judiciary I:

HB 191 General Statutes Commission Technical Corrections-Favorable Report to the PCS.

HB 193 Electronic Notice of Public Hearings Pulled

HB 1046 Child Care Facilities Rules-Favorable Report and re-referred to State Government/State Personnel.

Judiciary II:

HB 750 Restore Contract Rights to State/Local Pulled

Local Government II:

HB 352 Lottery School Capital Fund Formula-Not Heard

HB 1001 Modify School Calendar Law/3 County LEAs-Favorable Report Failed by a vote of 6 for the bill and 7 against.

HB 1263 Keep Recording of Closed Sessions Not Heard

Rules:

HB 1470 Study Length of School Lunch Period-Favorable Report

Science and Technology:

HB 1261 Protect Our Kids/Cyber Bullying Misdemeanor-Favorable Report

Appropriations:

HB 917 Appropriations Act of 2009-Favorable Report Title Change Implement Executive Order Number 11/Protect Employees.

HB 1172 Take Voluntary Furloughs/State Gov. & Schools-Favorable Report

Education:

H.J.R. 364 SBOE Confirmations-Favorable Report

H.J.R. 365 Joint Session for SBOE Confirmations-Favorable Report 

HB 1140 Educ. Assistance for Minimum Wage Workers-Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute.

HB 1371 Limit Use of Child Nutrition Program Funds to Re-referred to Appropriations without Prejudice. Bill sponsor has more work to do on the language.

HB 1372 Eliminate Reduced Cost School Meals Pulled

HB 1504 Transfer NCCAT to SBE-Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and re-referred to Appropriations.

 

Ways and Means:

HB 1433 Clarify Volunteer Immunity/AED Not Heard

 

Senate Committees:

Education/Higher Education:

SB 386 Make Best Use of Corporate Tax Revenue-Changed the title to Counties to Report Anticipated Use of Public School Building Capital Funds. Favorable Report to PCS. Senator Clodfelter said the funds not anticipated to be used would simply be sent to the General Fund.

SB 722 No High School Graduation Project Required Pulled

SB 738 Diabetes Control Plans in Charter Schools Favorable Report to the PCS and sent to the Floor. This bill adds charter schools to the law on Diabetes Plans and requires annual reporting by all LEAs and charter schools. Several issues were raised, but the bill is moving forward.

SB 860 Student Trust Fund/Proprietary Schools Pulled

SB 406 Classroom Experience for School Personnel Favorable Report and sent to the Floor.

SB 1019 Establish NC Financial Literacy Council Favorable Report and sent to the Floor.

SB 1030 After-School Child Care Programs Favorable Report to PCS. The bill was requested by the YMCA’s and Child Care Division opposed the changes, but Senator Stevens made a good argument and the bill was approved and sent to the Floor.

SB 1069 Joining Our Businesses and Schools Commission Favorable Report

SB 457 Add Definition of Biodiesel Favorable Report

Commerce:

SB 567 Promote Electricity Demand Reduction Not Heard

Judiciary II:

SB 220 General Statutes Comm./Technical Corrections Favorable Report this is the Senate version of what will be one of the Session’s clean-up bills that will have many more sections.

Pensions & Retirement:

SB 645 Retirement Technical Corrections Not Heard

 

House Floor:

HB 900 Nutrition Standards/All Foods Sold at Schools Passed second and third reading as amended and sent to the Senate.

HB 1476 Government Immunity/Adequacy of Remedies Passed second and third reading with one amendment and sent to the Senate.

HB 316 Assignment of Multiples to Charter Schools Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 1032 Modify History and Geography Curricula Passed second and third reading as amended and sent to the Senate.

HB 901 Honors Courses in Healthful Living Classes Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 735 Building Code/High Schoolers at Community Colleges Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 804 Amend Law RE: Personal Education Plans Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 1470 Study Length of School Lunch Period Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 191 General Statutes Commission Technical Corrections Passed and second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 917 Implement Executive Order Number 11/Protect Employees Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 1172 Take Voluntary Furloughs/State Government & Schools Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate

 

Senate Floor:

SB 526 School Violence Prevention Act Passed second reading and third reading and sent to the House.

HB 2 Prohibit Smoking in Public and Work Places Title Change to Prohibit Smoking in Certain Public Places. Passed second and third reading and sent to the Governor.

SB 754 Changes for Bonds Authorized under ARRTA Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

HB 88 Healthy Youth Act Sent back to Committee.

SB 386 Counties to Report Anticipated Use of Public School Building Capital Funds Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 738 Diabetes Control Plans in Charter Schools Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 406 Classroom Experience for School Personnel Pulled

SB 1019 Establish NC Financial Literacy Council-Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 1030 After-School Child Care Programs Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 457 Add Definition of Biodiesel Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

 

Bills in Committee Next Week:

SB 593 Change Starting Date of School

SB 596 Filling Vacancies in Local Offices

SB 730 Local Government Official Recuse From Voting

HB 213 VSL Nonfamily Sick Leave Donations.

HB 311 Continue School Construction Funding

HB 482 Reinstatement of Sick Leave/School Employees

HB 971 Legislative Study of Alternative Schools

HB 1306 Restore Flexibility to School Calendar

HB 1466 Coordinate Teacher Education Reporting Requirements

HB 535 Health Insurance Coverage/Lymphedema

HB 1247 State Health Plan/Employee-Only Premium

HB 1391 NC Risk Pool Clarifications

HB 1022 Workers’ Comp/Duration of Total Disability

SB  877 Health Benefit Plan Provider Contracts

HB 1031 Bldg. Stds./Pre-K Classes in Public Schools

HB 1046 Child Care Facilities Rules

HB 1117 Sex Offender Can’t Drive Bus with Children

HB 902 Up B-20 Biodiesel Purchases for School Buses

Preview of May State Board of Education Agenda May 6, 2009

 

All the State Board of Education Committees will meet on Wednesday, May 6, Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee (7:30 AM), Globally Competitive Students (8:45 AM) including the State Board of Career and Technical Education, 21st Century Professionals Committee (1:15 PM), and the Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:15 PM). In addition, the State Board of Education Meeting will begin at 2:45 PM on Wednesday.  There is no meeting scheduled for Thursday.

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 (7:30 AM) Board Room

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 1 Approval of Grant

-2009-2010 Reading First Funding The State Board of Education is requested to approve the allotments and the educational grants. North Carolina received $12,218,578 for the final year of the Reading First grant. This is a 62 percent reduction in funds from previous years. Permission is also requested to continue funding for three full-time reading coaches for three schools that were low-performing schools in 2007-2008. Wake County does not receive funds from this grant.

-Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Awarded to NCDPI from USDA The State Board of Education is asked to approve the distribution of funds to 62 schools selected to participate in the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable program for the 2009-2010 school year. The USDA will provide $1,772,871.91 to NCDPI’s Child Nutrition Services Section for the schools participating in the program that is intended to promote healthier food choices among children throughout the school day, and to promote health snacks in lieu of less healthy snack choices. No list of the schools was provided.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 12 Proposals

Contracts under $25,000 – 5 Proposals

Additional information has been included in the contract section to indicate the total number of approved contracts for this fiscal year for each vendor together with the total cost of each contract.

New Business:

-Communications Update

-Budget Update

-Intern Update

 

Globally Competitive Students (8:45 AM) Board Room

Action on First Reading

State Board of Career and Technical Education

  • GCS 1 Construction Education Programs Certification and Credentials The State Board is requested to approve the policy. The new policy is proposed to ensure construction education programs (carpentry, electrical trades and masonry) offered in NC public schools provide students with skills and knowledge that meet or exceed industry standards. When a program is certified by the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER), participating students will graduate with industry-developed skills and knowledge to prepare them for further education and employment. The NCCER program leads to various craft certifications and credentials. Students can earn community college credits, while in high school. Requirements for certification include: 1) Construction Programs must be certified by the NCCER/NCDPI as Accredited Training and Education Facilities, 2) Instructors must successfully complete the Instructor Certification Training Program and be certified as a Craft Instructor in their field, and 3) Students must be entered into the NCCER national registry. They will receive certification and credentials upon successful completion of curriculum as follows: 1) Must achieve a score of 70 percent on written assessment administered by a certified instructor and 2) must demonstrate competence on required performance task.
  • GCS 2 2009-2010 Writing Assessment Plan The State Board is requested to approve the proposal. In 2008-2009 students in grades 4 and 7 were asked to complete two content-specific writing assignments and two on-demand writing tasks. Students in grade 7 used word processing tools in order to complete their assignments. Most students in grades 4 and 7 maintained their work in paper portfolios. Students in the 18 pilot sites stored their work in an electronic portfolio. The State Board of Education will hear findings from the first year of the writing project as well receive a proposal for the 2009-2010 writing assessments. Some of the proposed changes for 2009-2010 will include: two content specific assignments and two on-demand tasks. The first on-demand tasks will be a diagnostic or benchmarking assessments depending on school preference, General Education, NCCLAS and NCEXTEND2 student in grades 4 and 7 will participate, the on-demand assignment and Content-specific will be done in the Fall (Flexible), Content-specific and On-demand will be done in the Spring (flexible), scoring will consist of one score for on-demand (scoring the features and conventions) and 2 scores for content-specific (1 of content and 1 of features/conventions), lead implementation will be LEA Instructional Leaders, as the focus of the writing system is instruction. More resources will be added with revised online Professional Development courses and provide a single comprehensive resource guide to assist in successful implementation. Some of the key changes are included above. Additional changes are: shift to year-long instruction system, communication about purpose, logistics and implementation will be improved, electronic pilot is open to all interested LEAs, flexible windows on writing assignments, teachers in consultation with students will choose the contents-specific writing assignment, and as stated above LEA instructional leaders will handle implementation this school year. A copy of these materials is available on-line at the DPI website under State Board meetings.
  • GCS 3 Changes to Policy Providing Annual Performance Standards Under the ABCs Model The Department recommends the amendments to the policy, be approved. Policy HSP-C-021 is revised to reflect two modifications to the ABCs growth formulas. First, the growth component for college university pre/college tech prep (CUP/CTP) is being modified to give additional credit to schools that already have a high number of students graduating from a high school in the program (CUP/CTP). Previously, once you attained near 100 percent in this category there was no way to give schools any credit (in calculating the ABC’s growth) for their efforts to graduate all the students. The policy change will benefit those high schools that are at the top of this category, in graduating their students in this program. Second, the U.S. History prediction is being revised to use Civics & Economics or Biology as the primary predictor for how students will do in US History. Presently, English I is being used as the primary predictor for US History and it will be a better predictor using a history course. English I may be used as the secondary predictor for US History. These changes were discussed last year and are minor.

Action on First Reading

  • GCS 4 Changes to NC’s NCLB Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook

The recommendation is to approve the changes for the three amendments to the NC Accountability Workbook. For the 2008-09 School Year amendments were made for 1) Students with Disabilities Who Exit the Program, 2) Retesting results in Grades 3 through 8, and 3) Redundancy in End-of-Course (EOC) and End-of-Grade (EOG) Testing. LEP students in their first year are exempt from retesting since their scores are not used in state and federal accountability. The policy is available upon request.

  • GCS 5 Changes to Policy Delineating the Components of the ABCs Accountability Program for the 2009-2010 School Year The State Board is requested to approve changes to policy HSP-C-020. Due to the budget crisis NCDPI requests Grade 3 Pretests in Reading and Mathematics be removed from the testing and accountability program for the 2009-2010 school year. This will remove Grade 3 from ABCs growth calculations in both reading and mathematics, but Grade 3 results still will be used for AYP and the ABCs performance composite calculations. This will constitute approximately $93,000 in savings from this year’s budget.
  • GCS 6 Occupational Course of Study – Proposed Temporary Waiver of Paid Employment Graduation Requirement The Department of Public Instruction recommends that the paid employment graduation requirement for the OCS be temporarily amended to allow participating students in the graduating classes of 2008-09 and 2009-2010 to substitute 360 hours of additional unpaid vocational training, unpaid internships, paid employment at community rehabilitation facilities, and volunteer and/or community service hours for the 360 hours of competitive, paid employment hours if unable to secure paid employment in an integrated employment setting due to local job market conditions. LEAs will be required to maintain documentation of their attempts to help the student secure paid employment. Evidence of interagency collaboration and referral(s) must be documented on the student’s transition component of their IEP.

Discussion:

  • GCS 7 Recommended Changes to Achievement Level Descriptors for NCEXTEND2 for 2009-2010 School Year The Department recommends the State Board amend policy HSP-C-026 and that the achievement level descriptors for NCEXTEND2 students in each of the four achievement levels for mathematics, reading, and science be approved. This item is presented for discussion in May and will be presented for Action at the June SBE meeting.
  • GCS 8 Academic Scholars Program The Academic Scholars Program must be revised to align with the Future-Ready Core Graduation Requirements, approved in September 2008, for students entering ninth grade for the first time in 2009-2010.  The program revisions include additional required credits for Health and Physical Education, Career and Technical Education and Arts Education (Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, or Visual Arts) plus the requirements for Future-Ready Core Graduation Requirements. This item is presented for discussion in May and will be presented for Action in June.
    • GCS 9 High School Courses Taken in the Middle School Considerations for Social Studies

K-12 Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology staff will share information with the GCS Committee on expanding the current policy HSP-M-001 that allows students to take high school social studies courses for high school credit, while they are in middle school. This item is presented for discussion in May and will be presented for Action in June.

New Business:

-Honors Review Follow Up

-Recommendations on Course for Credit –Credit Recovery

 

11:15 PM Board meets in Open Session/Board convenes Closed Session

11:50 Board reconvenes in Open Session and recesses until after lunch (1:15 PM)

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:15 PM) Room 504

 

Discussion

  • TCP 1 -Principal and Teacher Evaluation Instrument State Level Ratings The State Board of Education is recommended to identify and adopt a process whereby a random sample of principal ratings utilizing the North Carolina Principal Evaluation Instrument and a random sampling of Teacher ratings utilizing the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation Instrument are collected and analyzed. Access by the SBE to these ratings would allow for further validation of these two instruments as well as provide quantitative-based research data that could help improve classroom instruction and school-based leadership. This item is presented for discussion in May and will be presented for action in June.
  • TCP 2 Principal/Assistant Principal Evaluation Instrument The SBE is requested to allow McRel to begin the validation process to determine suitability of using principal evaluation instrument for evaluating assistant principals. Currently there is no evaluation instrument for Assistant Principals that is aligned with the new School Executive Standards. Adoption of the North Carolina Principal Evaluation Instrument for use with assistant principal evaluations would provide an instrument aligned with the Standards. This item is presented for discussion in May and will be presented for action in June.

 

Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:15 PM) Board Room

Action on First Reading

  • LFI 1 Approval of LEAs and Charter Schools Technology Plans The SBE is requested to approve the Technology plans for the 14 LEAs listed, the Department of Health & Human Services (Wake Co.) and 18 Charter Schools (PreEminent Academy in Wake Co.) for approval by both ITS and DPI technology consultants. Final approval by the State Board of Education qualifies these LEAs for the School Technology Trust Funds, NCLB and federal eRate monies, as well as a variety of private technology grants. A copy of the list is available upon request from this office.
  • LFI 2 Appointment to Joint Advisory Committee for Cooperative Innovative High School Programs The recommendation is for the SBE to approve the appointment of one member of the ASIS staff and one member of the NSP staff to the Joint Advisory Committee. The names of the candidates were not available at this time.
  • LFI 3 School-Based Calendar Waivers for Educational Purposes The State Board is requested to review and approve the calendar waivers for educational purposes for eight Guilford County Schools.

 

Discussion:

  • LFI 4 Standardization of Waiver/Exemption List for Cooperative Innovative High School Program Application The recommendation is for the SBE to approve the routine waiver exemptions (standard exemption’s language) to become a part of the application process. It is also recommended that the State Board Chair be authorized to approve these routine waivers for LEAs that are opening innovative programs, not requiring Board approval. The current process unnecessarily burdens personnel at the school district and at the NCDPI. In most cases, the exemptions requested are routine. SBE Waiver ID descriptions are classified as CA-1, CA-2 for waivers requested in accordance with the Calendar Bill, P-1 and P-2 specify waivers for personnel, CU-1 relates to routine waiver with curriculum, and TST-1, TST-2, TST-3 relate to issues with testing. A draft copy of the standards for waivers is available upon request from this office.

New Business:-

-New Charter School Applications

 

2:45 PM State Board of Education Meeting, Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance, Approval of Minutes

 

Information Agenda

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee

  • TCS 2 A Discussion of North Carolina’s Effective Teachers and Teacher Salaries – Research by Duke Graduate Students

Staff will report on two research projects to answer the following: 1) What are the characteristics of effective teachers, and how can the SBE promote those characteristics among current North Carolina teachers?  and 2) How should North Carolina revise its teacher salary schedule (within existing funds) in order to attract and retain high quality teachers and maximize student achievement?

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports-Listed Above

 

-State Superintendent’s Report

Dr. June Atkinson

 

Chairman’s Remarks

Update on the Framework for Change

Legislative Report

Adjourn

2009 LEGISLATIVE SESSION MEMO #14


Monday started with the Wake Delegation meeting where constituents were invited to come and speak on any issues of concern. Next we met with Representative Blue and other groups to discuss HB 1054 Safe Schools Act. This was a bill being run by NCAE. They are attempting to put policy language into the public school law. We tried to discuss options on the bill for almost two hours and eventually the meeting ended. NCAE is the only group supporting the bill, while more than nine other groups are opposing it.

On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education met to discuss the budget for the Department of Public Instruction and PreK Programs. On Wednesday, the Committee reviewed the Community College System and Public School Testing and Accountability. On Thursday, the Committee met to discuss the UNC University System.

Senate Finance ran a series of bills out of Committee, on Tuesday, giving more authority to the Treasurer for investments and authorizes the State Board to access some of the Recovery funds for school construction bonds. The House and Senate leaders were called to the Governor’s office for a 9:00 AM meeting where they were told she was going to sign another Executive Order to get funds to make the April payroll. The she held a press conference at 11:00 where she told the Media she was going to require all employees who are paid with State funds to have their annual salary cut by 0.5 percent (by June 30th) and as a result of these cuts employees would receive 10 hours of furlough time to be taken between June 1 and December 31. This was the beginning of chaos for all the education groups and school systems, state employees and anyone else paid with State funds. The Executive Order was interpreted in multiple different ways by the Media and only after many press releases the Order was revised to clarify the intent of the Governor. The confusion in the Order was it read to cut the salary and require 10 hours of furlough without pay. The rules for the leave will be developed by the State Board of Education, for public schools and will be approved next week at their monthly meeting. The teachers will likely have to take the leave on workdays and those who do not have a job after June 30 will lose the pay without getting the ten hours of leave (unless they can get it in June). Most teachers in the State only have the May paycheck left from which the funds can be taken, while all other employees have May and June. Most of Tuesday afternoon was spent trying to resolve the Executive Order. The State is still trying to get through the remainder of the fiscal year and the funds are running short. This salary cut will garner $65 million in savings for the State, and it is believed this will not be the last of the furloughs issue as we move into the 2009-2010 Budget. The House held their public hearing Tuesday evening for three hours and though it was long many people attended to voice their concerns with the budget writers. The House Appropriations Chairs are continuing to meet behind closed doors reviewing the Senate budget and still waiting for an update from Revenue on the State collections. They are hoping to have better numbers next week to give to the subcommittees and get moving on the House budget to complete it by May 22 or so.

On Wednesday, The UNC Basketball Team was scheduled for recognition in the Senate and House so both chambers convened around Noon and it created quite a stir in the building. Senate Education met for the first time since the passing of Senator Malone. Senator Stevens took the podium and the committee began hearing bills. Senator Alberston began with his bill, SB1028 Establish Community Achievement Network (Can Doer), which ran into immediate trouble with Republicans and Democrats alike. After a vigorous debate, the votes were counted and the Chairman declared a tie, which meant the bill failed to pass for lack of a majority. The bill requiring school personnel, other than teachers, to spend time during the instructional day in the classroom was also discussed. Senator Stein wanted to amend the bill to define the instructional day as eight hours, but he never got a chance to run the amendment. Senator Tillman wanted to amend the bill to delete the word shall and replace it with the word may. Senator Hartsell has run this bill for the past five years with various iterations and it has not been enacted yet. Today would be no exception as the members argued back and forth for the remainder of the Committee meeting. Finally, Senator Rucho made a motion for a Favorable Report and then Senator Rand made a motion to adjourn. The motion to adjourn superseded the earlier motion and the committee voted to adjourn. Not one bill passed Senate Education, so we will see what happens next week. There are a little more than two weeks left before the Crossover Deadline (May 14). Later on Wednesday the Senate Mental Health and Youth Services Committee met to pass the Senate bill SB 508 School Violence Prevention act (bullying bill) and HB 88 Healthy Youth Act (comprehensive sex education instruction). The meeting was called about two hours prior and many people were unaware these two bills were getting ready to move. They were read in Thursday and should be on the Senate calendar for a vote on Monday next week.

On Thursday, House Judiciary II met to discuss HB 1476 Government Immunity/Adequacy of Remedies and ultimately received a Favorable Report. There are a few changes that need to be made to the bill, but Speaker Blue has agreed and we expect to see an amendment on the House floor next week. Next the House Education subcommittee on Pre-School, Elementary and Secondary met to handle of series of bills. Action listed below. Things are ratcheting up as we get closer to May 14. Sometimes, committee’s are meeting twice a day and after session. There is also discussion that the deadline may be moved to May 28th.

The House Appropriations Chairs are seeing the early budget (revenue) numbers. The numbers may be as high as fifteen-twenty percent below last year’s State funding availability. Rumors are the number is around $17 Billion, while last year the budget (including additional revenue) was $21.35 Billion. This will mean that additional revenues will be needed beyond the Federal Recovery funds, and major cuts to try and balance the budget. In late news Thursday, word began spreading fast that the Governor needed another $41 million from public schools funds. With the end of the school year approaching this will mean another reversion of $4 million for Wake and this coupled with the 0.5 percent cut to salaries, this week, is just another blow to public schools. We still have another two payrolls and forty-five days of school, what is the plan to handle these last sixty days in the fiscal year?

 

Bills Introduced:

HB 1549 Limit General Fund Expenditures

HB 1552 Study Consolidation of State Scholarships

 

House Committees:

Education:

HB 899 Limit Foods in School Vending Machines Pulled from the Agenda

HB 900 Nutrition Standards/All Foods Sold at School Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and sent to the House Floor.

HB 1054 Safer Schools Pulled from the Agenda

HB 1078 Report School Violence to LEA Office Favorable Report This bill requires schools to report to the Superintendent within in two business days, when law enforcement is called to address an issue.

HB 1089 Study Social Workers in Schools Favorable Report

 

Education Subcommittee on Pre-School, Elementary and Secondary Education:

HB 285 Salary Increase for Substitute Teachers Favorable Report and re-referred to Appropriations.

HB 707 Legislative Study of ABC Bonus Program Favorable Report as amended. The amendment adds an additional component.

HB 717 Study of High School Programs at Community College Favorable Report and re-referred to Rules.

HB 901 Honors Courses in Health & P.E. Classes Favorable Report as amended. The title was changed to delete Health and add Healthful Living. Lengthy discussion on whether this was a good ideas, since these classes may not be academically challenging, but physically challenging.

HB 1032 Modify History and Geography Curricula Favorable Report to the Proposed Committee Substitute as amended to include instruction in North Carolina History in middle school.  

HB 1036 Self-Contained Special Ed/Grade Levels Pulled from the agenda.

Finance:

HB 841 Statutory Changes for ARRTA Funds Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and re-referred to Appropriations. The title of the bill was changed to Changes for Bonds Authorized under ARRTA.

Health:

HB 1121 Create Active Living Communities Commission Favorable Report and re-referred to Appropriations.

HB 1433 Clarify Volunteer Immunity/AED Favorable Report

Judiciary I:

HB 1134 Open Government Act Favorable Report

Judiciary II:

HB 1476 Government Immunity/Adequacy of Remedies Favorable Report and sent to House Floor. The legislation will be amended to include a change in the language from full recovery to fair compensation and to add sovereign immunity with existing language of government immunity. 

Judiciary III:

HB 827 Unattended Children in Vehicles Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and re-referred to Ways and Means.

HB 1471 Counties & Schools Share P.E. Equipment Favorable Report and sent to the House Floor.

HB 316 Assignment of Twins to Charter Schools Favorable Report

Juvenile Justice:

HB 1329 Consolidate Expunction Statutes Favorable Report

HB 1416 Children of Incarcerated Parents Study Favorable Report and re-referred to Rules.

Pensions and Retirement:

HB 642 Retirement Technical Corrections Favorable Report and re-referred to Appropriations.

HB 934 Local Employees’ Retirement System COLAs Favorable Report and re-referred to Finance.

HB 1221 Develop State Employee Benefits Statement Favorable Report and sent to the House Floor.

State Government/State Personnel:

HB 213 SPA Sick Leave Transfers Favorable Report

HB 708 Furlough of State Employees Pulled from the Agenda

HB 735 Building Code/High Schoolers at Community Colleges-Favorable Report

 

Senate Committees:

Education/Higher Education

SB 1028 Encourage Volunteerism in Schools-Title changed to Establish Community Achievement Network (CAN DOER). Lengthy discussion. The motion for a Favorable Report resulted in a tie and a tie means the bill fails for lack of a majority.

SB 406 Classroom Experience for School Personnel Lengthy discussion on the issue. No vote was taken as the motion to adjourn superseded the motion for a Favorable Report.

SB 16 DPI/Curriculum on 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Not Heard

SB 1019 Establish North Carolina Financial Literacy Council Not Heard

Commerce:

SB 68 No ABC Establishments W/I 1,000 ft. of Schools-Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute.

Finance:

SB 754 Statutory Change for ARRTA Funds Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute. Title changed to Changes for Bonds Authorized under ARRTA.

Health Care:

HB 2 Prohibit Smoking in Public & Workplaces Favorable Report

Mental Health & Youth Services:

SB 526 School Violence Prevention Act (Bullying bill) Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and sent to the floor.

HB 88 Healthy Youth Act (Comprehensive Sex Education in schools) Favorable Report

 

House Floor:

HB 205 Lottery Act Changes Passed second and third reading as amended and sent to the Senate.

HB 442 Parent Involvement in School Discipline Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 1471 Counties & Schools Share P.E. Equipment Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 900 Nutrition Standards/All Foods Sold at School Passed second reading with an amendment taking out the word ”vending machines” and remains on the calendar.

HB 1221 Develop State Employee Benefits Statement Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

 

Senate Floor:

SB 754 Changes for Bonds Authorized under ARRTA Passed second reading and remains on the calendar.

 

Bills in Committee Next Week

HB 223 No High School Graduation Project Required

HB 661 City Managers on School Board

HB 804 Amend Law Re: Personal Education Plans

HB 971 Legislative Study of Alternative Schools

HB 1031 Building Standards/Pre-K Classes in Public Schools

HB 1038 Economic Development Thru Innovative Schools/Commission

HB 191 General Statutes Commission Technical Corrections

HB 193 Electronic Notice of Public Hearings

HB 1046 Child Care Facilities Rules

HB 1470 Study Length of School Lunch Period

SB 567 Promote Electricity Demand Reduction

SB 386 Make the Best Use of Corporate Tax Revenue

SB 722 No High School Graduation Project Required

SB 738 Diabetes Control Plans in Charters Schools

SB 406 Classroom Experience for School Personnel

SB 1019 Establish NC Financial Literacy Council

SB 1030 After-School Child Care Program

 

House Education Appropriations Committee will discuss Non-Profits on Tuesday. 

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