Summary of October State Board of Education Agenda

September 30-October 1, 2009

The following State Board of Education Committees met on Wednesday, September 30: Globally Competitive Students and Healthy, Responsible Students Committee (10:00 AM). Also, the 21st Century Professionals Committee and the Leadership for Innovation Committee met in the afternoon session. On Thursday, October 1, the Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee met  prior to the State Board of Education meeting scheduled for 9:30 AM. Access to the Executive Summaries and back up documents are on the SBE website at:

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Globally Competitive Students (10:00 AM)

Action and Discussion


  • GCS 1 Honors Course Policy Revisions Approved the changes to policy GCS-L-004 outlining standards and the formal review process for all courses eligible for honors weight.

Committee Meeting: No changes were made to this item, no further discussion.

·      GCS 2 High School Courses Taken in the Middle School: Considerations for English I Approved the expansion of the existing policy to include English I. DPI staff shared information with the Committee on expanding the current policy GCS-M-001 to allow middle school students to take and receive credit for high school English I.

Committee Meeting: A lengthy discussion was held on this item again. Although several members of the Board spoke in support of giving students the opportunity to take English I in middle school stating, it was not a mandate but only an option, several other members expressed their concerns. Dr. Hope Williams, representing the Independent Colleges and Universities, addressed the issue stating the Deans of Admissions had concerns that students entering the Community colleges or University systems, who had taken English I in middle school, would not have taken an English course in their senior year of high school. They indicated the importance of having a Writing and Grammar course of some type in their senior year in preparation for entrance to college. Even though most school systems require four years of English in high school, it was suggested the policy should contain the same language as the policy written for Mathematics. Dr. Greene also expressed concerns citing several statements from recent articles regarding the growing concern with the increased number of students requiring remedial English instruction upon entering Community college. Dr. Harrison spoke in support of proposal and indicated a letter would be attached to the policy stating it was not a mandate and would include the suggestion of Dr. Atkinson to include course composition and writing requirements. Dr. Hoke also supported the proposal and indicated this would move us toward our 21st Century goals and would allow students to be more competitive.

  • GCS 3 Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Evaluation Policy Approved the reauthorization of ESEA that requires the State Education Agency (SEA) to develop, implement, and publicly report on standards and techniques for monitoring the quality and effectiveness of services offered by approved supplemental educational services (SES) providers. The SEA must establish procedures for withdrawing approval from providers that fail, for two consecutive years, to contribute to increasing the academic proficiency of students served by the providers. New language has been added to this policy in connection with the evaluation process and the removal list of provider’s process. New Language as follows: Evaluation results will be weighted for each criterion with student achievement at 50 percent, attendance at 25 percent, and parental satisfaction at 25 percent.  A provider must achieve a minimum rating of 75 percent to continue with a status of Good Standing.  The failure of a provider to achieve a minimum of 75 percent will result in a provider status of Probationary. NCDPI will assign each provider the status of good standing or probationary status pursuant to subpart (d). The removal process states: A provider that receives two consecutive determinations of probationary status shall be recommended to the State Board of Education for removal. A removal decision is subject to review pursuant to Chapter 150 B of the North Carolina General Statutes.

Committee Meeting: A brief overview of the policy changes was presented.  The department’s legal staff reviewed the policy and the items in blue are technical changes.  The following evaluation criteria was also added to the policy: Student achievement shall be measured by calculating an “effect size” based upon the assessment results attained by students in the same provider’s program. The “effect size” is the magnitude of the outcome of interest represented in standard deviation units. The calculation of effect size is based on the student-level variation in the response variable for students in the control group. Other minor changes were made in order to comply with the APA process.

Action on First Reading

  • GCS 4 2009 Textbook Adoption and Textbook Commission Report Approved the report. Dr. Diane Frost, Chairperson of the North Carolina Textbook Commission presented a list of recommendations for textbooks to be adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education.  The recommendations for the 2009 adoption of instructional materials are for the following curriculum areas: Mathematics Education 6-12, Second Language Education 6-12, English Language Development (ESL) K-12 and Agricultural Education 7-12.

Committee Meeting: Dr. Frost presented a brief overview of the textbook evaluation process and commended the members of the Commission for the quality of the process and thanked them for their hard work. Of the 23 publishers submitting applications, 22 were recommended by the Commission. The one publisher not recommended applied for reconsideration, but after another review by the Commission they still were not recommended. The Textbook Commission will not meet in 2010 due to the textbook funding restraints in the State Budget.

  • GCS 5 Compliance Commission Recommendations for Field Testing and Special Studies Appeals for the 2009-10 School Year Approved the Compliance Commission’s recommendations regarding appeals from LEAs to be excluded from specific field tests. Appeals came from four schools in Beaufort County and the Commission recommends the SBE deny all four appeals.

Committee Meeting: Dr. Fabrizio noted that members of the Commission, on the September 17 conference call, agreed to deny the request submitted by Beaufort County.  Mr. Howell was recused from the discussion and vote on this item.


  • GCS 6 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The Board discussed the draft proposal for a new accountability model to address both K-8 and high school accountability. Components of the proposed model include student performance, value-added performance for teachers, schools and districts, long-term growth, graduation rate, Future Ready Core, and postsecondary readiness.

Committee Meeting: The purpose of this discussion was to seek guidance from the Board on how to proceed with a new accountability model as far as what components might be in the new model and how the components should be defined. Some of the components suggested by the Department are listed above and Dr. Fabrizio posed questions on how they could be incorporated in the new model. The object of the new accountability model is to evaluate student performance, project post-secondary readiness and provide interventions when necessary. The new model will also show LEA accountability. The draft chart indicates EVAAS would be a component to provide value-added measures for teachers, schools and districts. EVAAS may play a major role in this project and Dr. June Rivers and Dr. Bill Sanders have been invited to the next meeting to provide a detailed report on the expectations of EVAAS. Dr. Sanders has indicated they are already working on projections for every student in North Carolina for their readiness for college including projections for course selection and career choices. This item will be on the agenda for the next several months before a final model is recommended. Documents are available upon request from my office.

Healthy, Responsible Students Committee


  • HRS 1 Revision to HRS-A-000 and Definitions of Reportable Acts The SBE planned to discuss the proposed revisions to HRS-A-000. The policy has been revised to clarify and further define incidents/acts required by law to be reported to Law Enforcement and to the State Board of Education by the principal. The reporting requirement applies to acts committed by students, staff and non-students as long as the act occurs on school property. The major changes recommended are to incorporate the definitions within the policy and to change the conditions under which three of the acts are to be reported to law enforcement. Language was added to allow self-reporting of a criminal act by an employee and prohibits retaliation against an employee who reports an incident. The policy lists the following incidents to be reported to law enforcement: 1) Assault involving the use of a weapon, 2) Assault resulting in serious personal injury, 3) Kidnapping, 4) Possession of a controlled substance in violation of the law, 5) Possession of a firearm or powerful explosive, 6) Possession of a weapon, 7) Rape, 8 ) Sexual Assault, 9) Sexual Offense, 10) Taking indecent liberties with a minor. Other incidents required by SBE to be reported to law enforcement with principals discretion as noted in the definitions in the policy: 1) Assault on school officials, employees, and volunteers, 2) Death by other than natural causes 3) Robbery, 4) Robbery with a dangerous weapon, 5) Unlawful, underage sales, purchase, provision, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages, 6) Making bomb threats or engaging in bomb hoaxes, 7) Willfully burning a school building. Other minor language changes were adjusted in the policy.

Committee Meeting: A newer revised copy of the policy was made available just before the meeting was started. The revised policy prepared by Katie Cornetto and Laura Crumpler made changes to the second section which was now titled “Other Incidents/Acts Required by the State Board of Education to be reported to the State Board of Education.” The section deleted the language “reports made to law enforcement at the principal’s discretion” and required only reporting to SBE. The reporting requirements in this section are listed above with 7 incidents included. The policy was an effort by DPI staff and the education groups to address a legislative issue that arose during the 2009 Session. In lieu of passing yet another State law legislators requested resolution by DPI and the education groups. Many meetings were held and proposals were made before the final draft policy was prepared for discussion by the Board. Board members reviewed the new changes to the new policy and were in agreement that the reportable offenses to the State Board should also be reported to law enforcement and wanted the strikethrough changed in the revised policy. There was some confusion over why the policy was being revised, and the education groups not having seen the newer version, were not able to clearly review all the changes. This portion of the policy would be subject to the APA process if approved by the Board.  Board members decided the revised policy, was still too confusing and requested staff revisit the issue and return next month with further recommendations to be discussed.

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda


  • TCP 1 Proposed Standards for the Evaluation of School Psychologists Approved the proposed standards for the evaluation of school psychologists (aligned with the new teacher standards) and the job description be used as a professional standards support document. Upon SBE approval, work on the development and validation of a new evaluation instrument will begin.

Committee Meeting: No further discussion was held on this item.

Action on First Reading

  • TCP 2 2009 IHE Performance Report Approved the IHE Performance Report on graduate and undergraduate teacher education programs to forward to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. A copy of this report is available upon request.

Committee Meeting: The item was to be discussed in Closed Session and distributed at the meeting on Thursday. Kathy Sullivan noted that there was a 54 percent increase in the number of students participating in the lateral entry teaching programs. All of the institutions exceeded the 70 percent pass rate on Praxis II requirements. All school administration programs also exceeded the 70 percent pass rate on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.  There was a low response rate on the survey results for individual institutions. All institutions except Gardner–Webb and Montreat College were determined to exhibit direct and ongoing involvement with the public schools.

  • TCP 3 Final Decision in Contested Cases: Approved the decision of the Administrative Judge. The State Board shall issue a Final Agency Decision in each of the contested cases. Closed Session Item.

-John R. Hall vs. SBE  John R. Hall filed a petition for a contested case to challenge DPI’s denial of his request for salary credit for non-teaching work experience. The Administrative Law Judge upheld the agency’s actions.

-Kenneth H. Leftwich vs. June Atkinson, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kenneth H. Leftwich filed a petition for a contested case to challenge DPI’s revocation of Petitioner’s teaching license. The Administrative Law Judge upheld the agency’s action

Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:30 PM)

New Business

–    District and School Transformation Update – Low Performing High Schools Dr. Ashley    indicated the highlights of the report would be presented to the full Board on Thursday. The entire report can be accessed through the following link:

The report is part of the Statewide Consolidated Assistance Program report to be presented to the Joint Legislation Education Oversight Committee. There are a total of 121 NC schools below 50 percent Performance Composite of which 65 are Elementary, 21 are Middle, and 35 are High Schools. Most of the elementary schools were not being served because they were showing growth even though their performance composite was below 50 percent and therefore not considered low performing. Presently, 17 high schools (identified between prior to 2005) are being directly served. Most of the schools that are identified below 50 percent in students performing at grade level are also in the bottom 5 percent of all schools in performance. Many of these middle and high schools are being served, but the problem is primarily with the elementary schools in providing services. The legislature provided an additional 2 million plus funding and personnel will be hired to begin to assist some of the other schools. In 2007-2009 there were 17 High Schools with a Performance Composite below 60 percent. In Wake County, Longview reported a Performance Composite for 2008-2009 of 18.9 percent.

–                NCVPS/LEO Director’s Update Dr. Setser presented an overview and power point presentation on the effective use of Twitter as an educational tool for districts, teachers, and students.  He presented some examples of how districts were using Twitter for staff development, for instant communication with administrators and staff and how teachers were communicating with teachers in other countries for educational real time experiences and instructional ideas and students, of course, have been successfully tweeting for sometime now.  Due to technical difficulties the portion of his presentation relating to real time classroom instruction was unavailable.


4:30 – 6:00 PM There was a meeting of the Charter School Ad Hoc Committee after the State Board Committee meetings on Wednesday.

  • Opening Remarks The Governor’s Charge for the Committee is to look at the application process, identify any problems, suggest changes, review the non-renewal process and suggest changes, discuss ways to increase diversity in charter school student population, define the role of the Office of Charter Schools and revisit the Blue Ribbon Commission’s recommendations.
  • Review of Charter School Statutes Laura Crumpler gave an overview of the current charter school law and the role of the SBE as the chartering entity. Her presentation included the requirements for charter schools that exist in the charter, and the application process. Katie Cornetto presented an overview of State Board of Education policies specifically referencing policies regarding increased enrollment, charter school renewal and the alternative charter school policy. Board member Taft asked if any of these policies had been changed since the Blue Ribbon Commission. Ms. Cornetto did not know of any changes. However Mr. Moyer responded that the criminal history check and the financial and governance noncompliance policies had recently been changed. Ms. Taft then asked about two conflicting policies dealing with low-performing charter schools. Dr. Harrison asked what was being done and she said they could be fixed. It was apparent staff was not prepared to respond to the issues, raised by the members, at this time.
  • Operations of the Office of Charter Schools Mr. Moyer spoke about some of the functions of the Office of Charter Schools including the following: providing technical assistance, support and site visit consultation to charters, assist applicants that have received preliminary charter approval, and implement SBE charter school renewal process and oversee annual enrollment increases and grade expansion. In addition, the Office reviews school governance, provides school improvement assistance and training for the Board of Directors and Administrators, oversee criminal history/fingerprinting checks and organizes the annual Charter School Conference.
  • Recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Commission on Charter Schools Dr. Fedewa (Chairman of the Commission) reviewed the 11 recommendations by the Blue Ribbon Commission. Dr. Harrison said he agreed with most of the recommendations, but he unequivocally stated he was not interested in pursuing an increase in the cap until many of the current problems are fixed. Ms. Taft reminded Chairman Harrison the SBE has had a long-standing position that the cap should be increased with certain qualifications (i.e increased Department funding for oversight).
  • Next Steps Another meeting will be scheduled in 3-4 weeks.

Committee Members: Bill Harrison, Co-Chair, Melissa Bartlett, Co-Chair, Kathy Taft, Tom Speed, and Reginald Kenan

Thursday, October 1, 2009 (8:00 AM)

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 1 Approval of Grants Approved the grant.

– Learn and Serve America Program – The purpose of the Learn and Serve America Program is to establish service learning programs for students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Service-learning offers a unique opportunity for students to get involved with their communities in a tangible way by integrating service projects with classroom learning. The total amount of the federal Learn and Serve America grant awarded to North Carolina for 2009-2010 is $468,346. Twenty counties have applied for grants totaling $275,500. Wake County was not included in the list of applicants.

Committee Meeting: No further discussion.


  • TCS 2 Establish Front-end Funding for Governor’s School This item was pulled from the Agenda. The Governor’s School’s appropriations for FY 2009-2010 covers program costs for the summer of 2009 programs. Due to budget reductions there was no unexpended/carryover balance to cover start-up preparations costs for the summer of 2010. To ensure there is funding for the 2010 summer programs a proposal for a one-time non-recurring reduction to the Academically/Intellectually Gifted Student allotment is requested in the amount of approximately $80,500. The proposal is to reduce the AIG student allotment for all 115 LEAs by $700 to create the start-up pool. Allotments range from $28,171 in Tyrrell County to $6,629,538 in Wake.

Contract Update

Contracts over $25,000 – 10 Proposals

Contracts under $25,000 –  5 Proposals

State Board of Education Meeting, (9:30 AM) Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

Call to Order,

Pledge of Allegiance

Approval of Minutes

Report on the North Carolina e-Learning Commission

– Lt. Governor Walter Dalton gave an overview of his work as Chairman of the E-Learning Commission using a power point presentation. He noted all 115 LEAs are connected though not all schools yet. They are working on a website, which will be inclusive of programs, partnerships and other educational opportunities. The Governor will make an announcement in the next eight weeks.

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

-ACRE Report – Ms. Angela Quick’s report included an update of the Essential Standards Revision and the Assessment and Accountability (ACRE). Phase I of the Essential Standards was approved in September 2009 with the exception of Science. Revisions and alignment for Science will be presented to the Board in December 2009. Phase II which includes K-12 Social Studies, Physical Education, Health, Arts Education, Second Languages and English K-9 and 11-12 will meet twice a month, content teams meet with Dr. Lorin Anderson, calendar work and key benchmarks have been developed through March 2010 and an Instructional Toolkit meeting was conducted across the K-12 Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Division, previously. The Assessment and Accountability side of the ACRE project has undergone a reorganization to complete the next phase of the work and will be effective October 2009. She closed with a visual of an acre of land and proceeded to put a series of different trees on the land giving each of them a project name. She noted the tress were a result of or being driven by the ACRE program.

-District and School Transformation Report – Dr. Pat Ashley’s information is included above under new business.

-CEDARS Report – Mr. Adam Levinson reviewed the CEDARs project, which stands for Common Education Data Analysis and Reporting System. The Department received a federal grant of $6 million and promised 6 deliverables as part of the grant. They include the following: 1) Unique student identifier, 2) Unique staff identifier, 3) Longitudinal data store, 4) Analysis and reporting tools, 5) EDEN/EDFacts Reporting (automate federal reporting), 6) Transcript. Mr. Levinson reviewed the progress and timelines for completion of these deliverables. The completion of the first two items in October has been delayed as a result of a problem with Charlotte/Mecklenburg and Wake County. They had hope to have these items resolved by October 30 to stay on schedule. It appears as though the problems with Wake and Charlotte involve NC WISE. Peter Asmar has the information on the delay, but he did not address the Board. The other deadlines for the items are 7-2010, 2-2010 and 7-2010.

Information Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

  • GCS 7 American Diploma Project (SDP) Algebra II Results for Spring 2009 and Discussion for 2009-10 The SBE members provided input regarding North Carolina’s continued involvement in the American Diploma Project. Staff shared information on the status of this initiative. North Carolina is one of 13 states participating in this project with 17 LEAs submitting Algebra II test results for 2,551 students. North Carolina students obtained the highest average scale score compared to other Consortium states.

Board Meeting: Thirty-five states are participating in the ADP project. Seventeen LEAs with 26 schools and 2500 students participated in NC this year. NC had the highest scale scores of the states, but the standards are set very high and only a small percentage of the NC students were deemed prepared to be successful as a result of their test scores. Achieve has issued a report on the findings from last year’s test.

Leadership for Innovation

  • LFI 1 Formative Evaluation Report North Carolina Virtual Public School, Spring 2009 NCVPS has experienced some notable improvements from its inaugural year of operations. More teachers reported their students were learning more online compared to face-to-face instruction, the course content and assignments were sufficiently rigorous, clear and helpful and addressed students’ different levels of understanding, while students agreed that their courses were teaching them learning and innovation skills, developing their technology literacy and developing their information literacy. The biggest barrier to using NCVPS courses was a lack of self-directedness in young learners and that technical problems did affect student experiences with NCVPS. Credit recovery students were more likely to agree that the lack of technical expertise was a barrier than AP students, while AP students were more likely to have access to a computer away from school. The report also includes data on the quality of the courses, teachers and advisors.

Board Meeting: Dr. Brian Setser introduced Kevin Brady, from the Friday Institute, to review the results of the second year evaluation of NCVPS. He went over many of the items listed above that are included in the report link. Of note was the concern that the response rate from principals on the survey was very low. Though there were questions on why elementary principals would take the time to fill out the survey if they were not participating in the program. There has also been a lack of support from some areas and some principals on NCVPS which could have resulted in the low response rate. One of the problems identified in the report was the lack of distance learning coordinators in the schools and LEAs. Also technical problems proved to be a barrier for 41 percent of students and 52 percent of teachers. Credit recovery students were noted to be having issues, as well. Enrollment this Fall has reached 15,630, an increase of 54 percent.  Spring 2010 enrollment is anticipated to exceed 20,000. Overall 56,000 students have taken courses since 2007.

Click on the link to access the report.

Consent Agenda (New: This month marks the first time this Board has used the Consent Agenda feature. The Consent Agenda items will be handled as one group, with one motion from a Board member, at the Thursday morning session. As a general rule, Consent items can include: Approval of the minutes, final approval of proposals or reports that the Board has been dealing with for some time and all members are familiar with the implications; routine matters such as appointments to committees, staff appointments requiring Board confirmation, reports provided for information only, or correspondence requiring no action).

Globally Competitive Students All GCS items were Approved by Consent.

  • GCS 8 Changes to the 2008-09 ABCs/AYP Results SBE approved the changes to the 2008-2009 ABCs/AYP Report. Changes in the AYP reports for eight schools in eight counties occurred. Ten schools in eight counties reported changes in the ABCs. No changes were reported for Wake.

Board Meeting: Counties included in AYP changes are: Bladen, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Davidson, Iredell, Onslow, Robeson and Hyde. The counties with ABC changes include: Bladen Cabarrus, Currituck, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Onslow, Asheboro and Yadkin

  • GCS 9 Recommended Final Academic Achievement Standards (Cut Scores) and Achievement Level Descriptors for the NCEXTEND 1 Alternate Assessments in Reading Grades 3-8 and 10; Mathematics Grades 3-8 and 10; Science Grads 5, 8, and 10; and Writing Grade 10 The SBE approved the amendments to GCS-C-029 and the final academic achievement standards and achievement level descriptors of the NCEXTEND 1 alternate assessments (Edition 2) in the areas of Reading grades 3-8 and 10, Mathematics grades 3-8 and 10, Science grades 5, 8 and 10 and Writing grade 10. The policy is amended to reflect 1) the elimination of the Writing Assessment for Grades 4 and 7 effective 2008-09 and 2) the elimination of the Grade 3 Pretest in Reading and Mathematics effective 2009-2010.

Click on the link to access the document (starting on page 229):

  • GCS 10 Report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee: Implementation of the ABCs and Statewide Consolidated Assistance Program The SBE approved the report. General Statute requires the SBE to submit a report to the JLEOC by October 15 on the continued implementation of the ABCs Plan. Information in the report includes an update of the thirteenth year of the ABCs results for schools, report on the statewide system of support, AYP results as required by NCLB, and schools identified as low-performing. The report also contains information as required in Section 7.6(b) of SL2006-66 which granted the SBE authority to use funds appropriated to the State Public School Fund for the Consolidated Assistance Program in support of the ongoing implementation of the ABCs.

Click on the link to access the entire report (starting at page 95):

  • GCS 11 Changes to SBE Policies Resulting from Actions of the NC General Assembly and US Department of Education The SBE should approve the amendments to, or deletion, as appropriate to the 18 policies as requested. Approval of the changes to APA policies will initiate the APA process. Effective with the 2009-10 school year, SB 202/SL 2009-451 eliminated funding for most state administered tests that are not currently required by federal law or as a condition of federal grants. The tests include Computer Skills, Chemistry EOC, Physics EOC, Reading and Mathematics Competency and Grade 3 Reading and Mathematics Pretests.

Click on the link to access the document (starting at page 229):

Healthy, Responsible Students

  • HRS 2 Care for School Children with Diabetes – Additional Requirements Approved by Consent The adoption of additional requirements to meet the full guidelines for the care of school children with diabetes changed in SB 738. The legislation requires boards of directors of charter schools to implement the guidelines adopted by the SBE for the development and implementation of individual diabetes care plans and requires local boards of education and boards of directors of charter schools to report annually to the SBE about their compliance with these guidelines. Funding in the amount of $50,000 has been awarded from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of NC for training of charter school personnel as well as LEA personnel regarding the development and implementation of diabetes care plans. 2009 training sessions are scheduled for October 9, October 20 and November 2. Documents included are Parental Request for Individual Diabetes Care Plan, Parent/Guardian Responsibilities for Diabetes Care Plan, Diabetes Care Plan Information Form, Quick Reference Plan for Student with Diabetes Form, School Responsibilities Diabetes Care Plan. Responsibilities of each school serving children with diabetes are: 1) Implementation of the Individual Diabetes Care Plan, 2) General and Intensive training, 3) Knowledge of student’s snack and meal schedule, 4) Provide immediate access to diabetes supplies, 5) Provide appropriate location for necessary procedures in self-care and management, 6) Permit students to seek medical help, eat a snack and access water, test blood sugar levels, 7) Miss school without consequences and 8 ) Use the restroom when necessary.

21st Century Professionals

  • TCP 4 Annual Report on the Reasons Teachers Leave (Teacher Turnover Report) Approved by Consent the report. The 2008-09 State turnover average is 8.6 percent with 115 school systems reporting that 12,595 teachers of the 98,985 teachers employed left their systems for a system turnover rate of 12.72 percent. This represents a decrease in the turnover rate (13.85 percent) reported for the 2007-08 school year. The turnover percentage rate for Wake is 11.12 percent with a 10.48 percent five-year average. Of the 12,595 teachers report leaving, 4,478 had tenure. Of the 9,319 teachers in Wake County, 1,036 left the system, of which, 255 remained in Education, 377 left for reason beyond their control, and 149 left for reasons initiated by the LEA.

21st Century Systems

TCS 3 LEA-Wide Calendar Waiver Requests (weather-related) Approved by Consent the various waiver requests allowing LEAs to vary from the August 25th beginning and June 10th ending dates. Eight counties have requested weather-related waivers based on the eligibility criteria of more than 8 missed instruction days in 4 of the last 10 years. The counties requesting waivers are: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey. All requests are for an earlier beginning date, August 2 to August 19.

Superintendent’s Report

-Dr. June Atkinson’s Report included an update on the State Superintendent’s Career-Ready Commission meeting. Commission members will finalize their recommendations at the next meeting on October 28. Forestville Road Elementary School in Knightdale represented NC in the category of Closing the Gap at the Title I Distinguished School Conference. A brief overview of the Superintendents’ Quarterly Meeting and New Superintendent’s Orientation was also presented. There are twenty-three new superintendents in the state with most coming from out-of-state.

Chairman’s Remarks

-Dr. Harrison concluded his remarks with a brief overview of his future work with the Charter School Ad Hoc Committee meeting. The Committee plans to review Charter School policies, statutes and budget and then make recommendations. Specifically, he noted they would streamline the renewal process, correct discrepancies in policies and clarify the budget requirements.  They plan to assess innovations in the charter schools will be part of the discussion.

Old Business

New Business Board member Tate asked the Chairman about a Corporal Punishment Resolution that he had apparently asked the Board to consider discussing/passing. The Chairman said the resolution was shared with Board members, but they would not be addressing it today. It was unclear what the resolution said, but it was clear that though Board member Tate was pressing Chairman Harrison was not moving forward on it Thursday.


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