Summary of July State Board of Education Agenda

July 9, 2009

The State Board of Education was held on July 9, 2009 beginning at 1:30 PM. This meeting was conducted by conference call. The Board Committees did not meet this month.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

1:30 PM State Board of Education Meeting, Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

Call to Order,

Roll Call

Approval of Minutes

Globally Competitive Students

Action

  • GCS 1 Academic Scholars Program Approved The Academic Scholars Program was 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 revision made includes two options: 1) Cumulative GPA to 3.500 (Un-weighted) and three additional credits of higher level courses (courses carrying five or six quality points) taken during junior and/or senior year. The second option includes: 2) two additional credits of higher level courses (courses carrying five or six quality points) taken during junior and/or senior years and completion of The NC Graduation Project. These are the two options that the Board will consider including in approving their revision of the Academic Scholars Program. A copy of the chart is available upon request from this office.

Board Meeting: The motion to approve was made by Ms. Taft. No further discussion was necessary.

  • GCS 2 AIG Program Standards Approved the recommendation to adopt the North Carolina AIG Program Standards, and directs DPI to develop a review process of local AIG programs, which supports continuous program improvement of local AIG programs and plans based on a body-of-evidence; and directs DPI to ensure that the State Auditor’s recommendations are being integrated into State practices and policies. The State Board of Education discussed adoption of new North Carolina AIG Standards. Last year the program was audited by the State Auditor and as a result DPI agreed to the following; DPI shall develop a review process of local AIG programs, which support continuous program improvement of local AIG programs and plans based on a body-of-evidence; and DPI shall ensure that these recommendations are integrated into state practices and policies. The AIG Program Standards have been developed to serve as a statewide framework for local AIG programs and will guide LEAs to develop, coordinate, and implement thoughtful and comprehensive AIG programs. These standards will convey expectations for quality local AIG programs and services, guide the development, revisions and monitoring of local AIG programs, articulate best practices for local AIG programs, provide a guide for personnel and professional development, promote strong partnerships and communication between and among home, school, and community and serve as a vehicle for continuous program improvement and accountability.

Board Meeting: There was no further discussion on this item.

21st Century Professionals Committee

Action

  • TCP 1 State Evaluation Committee Teacher Education Program and Alternative Lateral Entry Program Approval Recommendations Approved the following programs: Campbell University, Elizabeth City State University, and UNC-Chapel Hill. Alternative programs for lateral entry are also included for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Career and Technical Education Lateral Entry Program and Mt. Olive College Lateral Entry Program.

Board Meeting: No further discussion. Ms. Green was recused from the discussion.

Moved to Action on First Reading

  • TCP 2Elementary Mathematics Add-On License Approved the university designed add-on license for elementary math teachers. The proposed program is an online graduate-level program of study focused on the mathematical knowledge needed for successfully teaching mathematics at the elementary level.

Board Meeting: A brief explanation of the program was presented. The program development by the universities is nearing completion and should be ready for the Fall semester and will consist of six graduate on-line courses. The discussion included concerns regarding the number of teachers that would be interested in participating in the program and the possibility of offering financial incentives. Title II funds could be used for this purpose. Board member Kevin Howell was recused from this discussion.

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting

Action and Discussion Agenda

  • TCS 1 Governor’s School Board of Governors Approved the appointment of Jim Hard (President of the North Carolina Governors’ School Alumni Association) to complete a current term ending on June 30, 2011. The State Board also approved the re-appointment of Daniel Turner (WCPSS Staff) to a second term ending June 30, 2011 and individuals listed below representing Districts 5, 4, and 8.The following information has been included since the meeting in June: Dr. Mitch Simpson from District 5 to serve as at-large member. Dr. Simpson, Senior Pastor of University Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, and is a Governor’s School alumnus; Nancy Armstrong, AIG Consulting Teachers from District 4 to fulfill the teacher representative vacancy; and Dr. Anne Garrett, Superintendent of Haywood County Schools from District 8 to fulfill the superintendent vacancy.

Board Meeting: There was no further discussion on this item.  The State Board of Education Office is still seeking qualified nominees from District 2.

LATE ITEM: ACTION ON FIRST READING

  • TCS 2 QZAB/OSCB Bond Administration Approved the recommendation for the State Board of Education to grant authority to administer QZAB and OSCB programs to the School Planning Section of the School Support Division. The School Planning Section will allot bonding authority to the LEAs and report allotments to the SBE.

Board Meeting: No further discussion.

Contract Update

Contracts over $25,000 – 3 Proposals

Contracts under $25,000 – 6 Proposals

Leadership for Innovation Committee

Action and Discussion Agenda

  • LFI 1 Standardization of Waiver/Exemption List for Cooperative Innovative High School Program Application Approved the routine waiver exemptions to become a part of the application process. The State Board Chairman will be authorized to approve these routine waivers for LEAs that are opening innovative programs and not require Board Approval. 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.

Board Meeting: No further discussion.

  • LFI 2 Preliminary Approval of New Charter Schools PULLED FROM THE AGENDA The Office of Charter Schools recommends the LFI Committee present three applicants to receive preliminary charters to the SBE for Action at the July 2009 meeting. There are three openings for new schools at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school years. Seven applicants have been interviewed by the LFI Committee. They are: Bear Grass Charter School, Duplin Charter School, Henderson Collegiate, Lake Lure Classical Academy, McKinney Academy Charter School, Mountain Island Charter School and New Bern International Academy. The Committee discussed the underline schools as a recommendation, but there was some disagreement so the Board will take Action this month on the final three (whomever). There were no applicants selected from Wake County.

LATE ITEM:

  • LFI 3 Charter Termination of PreEminent Charter School PULLED FROM THE AGENDA The Department of Public Instruction recommends termination of PreEminent’s Charter as of July 9, 2009. Renewal requirements for PreEminent to retain its charter were stated in a letter dated February 6, 2009.  The charter school shall meet or exceed expected growth in the next two consecutive academic years (2008-09 and 2009-2010). Failure to meet this growth for any reason will subject PreEminent Charter Schools’s Charter to be revoked. PreEminent has been below 50 percent proficient four years in a row.

Superintendent’s Report

Dr. June Atkinson reported to the Board some of the preliminary results on the test analysis regarding retesting. In some instances gains of 5 to 10 percent increases were made in test scores. District gains in science for 2008-09 increased from 54.9 percent to 73.4 percent in Grade 5 and 63.7 percent to 72.3 percent for Grade 8. In Grades 3-8, the unofficial End-of-Grade Reading results for the Districts increased from 62.1 percent to 72.9 percent and Math increased from 75.4 percent and 83.4 percent. The GCS Committee will continue to monitor the retesting issue. The slide presentation also included mapping for the 2007-2008 Graduation Rates color-coded by school or LEA. Dr. Atkinson also indicated that the Career-Ready Commission had met and the minutes/summary of the meeting can be accessed on line at:

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/statessuperintendent/office/commissions.

Chairman’s Remarks

Halifax County Update: Dr. Garland presented an update on the progress of the initiatives for the upcoming school year. Dr. Harrison, Dr. Ashley and Mrs. Brooks met with the Superintendent and Board Chair, interviews were held with Davie and Southeast Halifax principals regarding recruitment and retention, financial assistance was provided to review the 2009-2010 budget in anticipation of developing a balanced budget and professional development for central office, administrator and instruction staff has been scheduled. A stipend of $1,000 was provided for each teacher that registered for the professional development sessions. In addition, the basic skills test is complete for all Grade 2 students.

Update on the Framework for Change: Currently approximately 4,200 responses from stakeholders regarding the standards are under review and a report will be made to the Board at the August or September meeting. Work is underway on the new standards for Social Studies, P.E. Health, Art, Language Arts and English. However, the work on the K-5 Science Standards is currently on hold. Board members voiced strong support for the work done so far.

Legislative Update: Briefly reported on the work of the General Assembly this week on the budget issues and the Governors tax proposal. Several bills of importance were discussed and the need for another Continuing Resolution next week. Lt. Governor Dalton commented on the tax proposal submitted by the Governor and the urgency of passing the budget. State Treasurer, Janet Cowell, briefly commented on the study being done on scholarships and student loans. Board member Durham encouraged the members to talk with their legislators to protect education.

Dr. Harrison indicated that in light of the recent events regarding the budget, the Board Planning Session scheduled for August should be postponed until September. The members agreed to the delay. The ABC/AYP results will be scheduled for discussion at the August Board meeting.

Adjourn

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