Preview of March State Board of Education Agenda

March 3 and 4, 2010

The State Board of Education March Meeting will be held in Halifax County beginning with a tour of Aurelian Springs Elementary School and continuing on to William R. Davie Middle School where the Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee, Leadership and Innovation Committee, Globally Competitive Student Committee, and Healthy, Responsible Students Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 3. On Thursday, March 4, members of the State Board will tour Southeast Halifax High School and then return to William R. Davie Middle School where the full State Board of Education will meet to complete the remainder of the Agenda. At this time, the Twenty-First Century Professionals Committee has only one item and it is on the Consent Agenda.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting (10:00 AM)

Action

2010-2011 Supplemental Budget the supplemental budget was approved by conference call on Thursday, February 18. Copies are available upon request from my office.

  • TCS 1 Science Safety Standards The State Board of Education is requested to approve the “Science Safety Standards” policy and commence the APA rule-making process.  Furthermore, staff recommends that DPI, School Planning Section, be authorized to review and approve middle and high school science facilities for safety. House Bill 42, An Act to Implement Science Safety Measures in the Public Schools” amends G.S. 115C-521 by the addition of the following language: (c1) No local board of education shall apply for a certificate of occupancy for any new middle or high school building until the plans for the science laboratory areas of the building have been reviewed and approved to meet accepted safety standards for school science laboratories and related preparation rooms and stockrooms. The review and approval of the plans may be done by the SBE or by any other entity that is licensed or authorized by the State Board to do so.

February Committee Meeting: Ben Matthews discussed the law change moving away from guidelines to required standards. These will become effective when the Board approves them and they may not have to go through the APA process, which will expedite implementation. School systems are aware of the law and the move to standards should not have a major impact on anyone building or renovating schools. If so they should be able to make the necessary changes to their drawings prior to completion of their building.

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 2 Request for Repayment Waivers of the National Board Certification The State Board is requested to approve the Appeals Panel recommendations. The State pays the participation fee for National Board Certification. If a teacher withdraws from the process or completes the process, but does not teach for at least one year after the process is finished they are required to repay the State the participation fee. The individuals requesting waivers are not included in this section. This is a Closed Session item.

Discussion

  • TCS 3 Council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children The State Board will discuss the Council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children vacancies and provide recommendations to fill the following positions: LEA representative, a parent of a child with disabilities, and Exceptional Children teacher, and a vocational/business/community representative. The appointment terms are from July 1, 2010 through June 30 2014. The approval process will take place at the April meeting of the SBE.
  • TCS 4 Proposed SBE Policy Regarding LEA Rules and Regulations Related to Charter Transportation for School Related Events and Activities The State Board will discuss a new policy to ensure the safety of students who travel on school activity trips by requiring LEAs to have on file in the Superintendent’s office rules, regulations, and policies to assure the safety of students when contracting for services to provide transportation for students and school groups attending school-related events. The policy requires the LEA to maintain a pre-approved list of contract motorcoach transportation providers. The Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NCSU has recommended this action in lieu of a statewide permit for motorcoach carriers. In view of the economic issues facing the LEAs it was determined and now agreed upon by the Motor-coach Association that the SBE policy is preferable to a statewide permit program. Notification was sent to all LEAs in May of 2009. This item is presented for discussion in March and will be presented for Action at the April SBE meeting. The policy is effective on September 1, 2010 and LEAs will need to comply by that time.
  • TCS 5 Proposed SBE Policy to Require School Bus Driver Certification for Activity Bus Drivers The State Board will discuss a new policy to improve student safety by ensuring new drivers of school activity buses have received required training prior to transporting any students on school activity trips. Fifty–five of the 110 LEAs responded they already require activity bus drivers to hold a school bus certificate. A school bus certificate requires six days of training, three behind the wheel and three days of classroom instruction. DMV provides this instruction. They will also be required to obtain their CDL license by taking an examination once they have completed training. This will be presented for Action in April. The policy only impacts NEW drivers and will be effective July 1, 2010. LEAs will have the flexibility to decide whether to make this effective with existing drivers. LEAs’ will also be required to keep records on those individuals who were initially licensed before and after July 1, 2010. In addition the policy states that beginning July 1, 2013, any driver of a school activity bus, upon renewal of his/her drivers’ license, shall also maintain a school bus driver’s certificate.
  • TCS 6 Proposed SBE Policy to Require Training for School Bus Inspectors The State Board will review a new policy intended to improve student safety by ensuring that the individuals inspecting school buses and activity buses have completed training to educate them on proper school bus and activity bus inspection criteria and procedures. This item will be presented for Action at the April meeting. The effective date of the requirement is August 1, 2011. Initial training for LEA staff will begin July 1, 2010. Many of the details of this inspection training were not included in the generic policy, but will be made available to LEA as they are finalized.
  • TCS 7 Appointment of Individuals to the State Evaluation Committee on Teacher Education The State Board is requested to discuss the reappointment of three members and the appointment of two new members to the State Evaluation Committee on Teacher Education. Members serve three year staggered terms. Nominations were requested from Board members. Dr. Vivian Covington, Director of Education, East Carolina University, Dr. Walter Hart, Assistant Superintendent for Administration, Rowan-Salisbury Schools, and Dr. Micha Jefferies, Assistant Professor, NCSU are recommended for reappointment. Dr. Tom Daly III, Superintendent Martin County Schools and Dr. Mariann Tillery, Dean, School of Education, High Point University are nominated for initial appointment. This will be on Action for April.
  • TCS 8 Tuition Fee for Non-public School Students in North Carolina Virtual Public School The State Board will review and discuss five options for tuition fees for non-public students to attend the North Carolina Virtual School. These include: Option1) $470 for year-long course, $420 for block and semester course, $270 for summer, $245 or $170 for SAT, Option 2) $750 for year-long course and $375 for semester, Option 3) $468 for year-long course, other courses equal to the teacher amount per student plus $50 (semester $400, summer $250, SAT $225 and $150), Option 4) The student cost paid to the teacher plus $100 ($500 for year-long, $450 for block and semester, $300 for summer, $275 or $200 for SAT) Option 5) The student cost paid to the teacher plus 17.1 percent, $468 for year-long, $410 for block and semester, $234 for summer, $205 or $118 for SAT. The average cost per student per course that DPI has paid to other states over the past few years is $544. The local board of education is required to charge tuition to non-public school students if they are requesting to take courses from NCVPS. The State Board of Education is required to establish the tuitions for courses offered in the summer and the following school year by March annually. The State Board shall also identify the portion of the tuition to be retained by the local board of education for managing the collection of the tuition. This will be an Action item for April.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 16 Proposals

Contracts under $25,000 – 13 Proposals

Adjourn Lunch

Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • LFI 1 Renewal Recommendations for Charter Schools with Charters Expiring June 2010 The following schools are requesting renewal of their charters; Cape Lookout Marine Science High School and The Academy of Moore County. The Office of Charter Schools provided Cape Lookout Marine Academy with a two-year renewal due to their low performance composite. Presently, the school is out-of-compliance with their mission, which was marine science. They are serving low-performing students like an alternative school. In addition, they are continuously losing students (425-over the last five years-averaging 85 a year with an enrollment total of 124). The Office of Charter Schools is not recommending renewal of the charter for Cape Lookout. The Academy of Moore County was given a three-year renewal in 2007. They have made improvements in academics and their facility. Based on the changes they have implemented the Office of Charter Schools is recommending a three-year renewal for The Academy of Moore County.

February Board Meeting: Advocacy by legislators for Cape Lookout and concerns with student achievement at Academy of Moore prompted the Board to pull the items from the agenda for a month delay. They will be back in March for Action, when the Board is scheduled to meet in Halifax County.

Action on First Reading

  • LFI 2 Final Approval of New Charter Schools The SBE may authorize no more than 100 charter schools and at the time of the application review process, there were 97 active charters, leaving three openings for new charter applications. The Office of Charter Schools recommends the final approval of Henderson Collegiate, Lake Lure Classical Academy and Mountain Island Charter School.

Discussion

  • LFI 3 Grandfather Academy Charter Enrollment Issues The State Board will review the enrollment issues with Grandfather Academy. State law for charter schools clearly designates the number of students to be served, which shall be at least 65, and the minimum number of teachers to be employed at the school in statute. Grandfather Academy was given an exemption for minimum enrollment of 50 students in their charter. However, the enrollment at Grandfather has been consistently below their charter minimum. On January 26, 2010 they were requested by the Office of Charter Schools to present a plan for reaching or exceeding the 50 student minimum. In their response and request for an exemption, they indicated that the children who attend a school of the nature and purpose of Grandfather Academy must have individualized instruction and attention that cannot be fully realized in a larger setting. The Charter is effective until 2017. The Grandfather has not submitted a plan to reach their minimum enrollment requirement. DPI has not included a recommendation on this item.
  • LFI 4 School-Based Calendar Waivers for Educational Purposes The State Board is requested to review the calendar waiver requests for educational purposes and to make a determination as to whether the requests should be granted or denied.  The following LEAs have requested waivers, Durham Public Schools for the City of Medicine Academy, Hertford County Public Schools for C.S. Brown Student Development Center High School, Lee County Public Schools for Lee County High School and Southern Lee High School, and Wayne County Public Schools for Wayne School of Engineering. This item is presented for discussion in March and Action in April.
  • LFI 5 Program Approval Requests Under the Innovative Education Initiatives Act The recommendation is for the State Board of Education to approve the following programs under the Innovative Education Initiatives Act: Avery High School (Accelerated Learning- the average daily membership of Avery County High School will be divided among three academies-Leadership, STEM and Viking); Charlotte-Mecklenburg, e-Learning Academy, and Hawthorne High School (High school students at risk of dropping out of school before attaining a high school diploma); Bessemer City High School, Gaston County (Early College Program for high school at risk students); T. Wingate Andrews High School, Guilford County Schools (Aviation Academy- High school students at risk); Fair Bluff Academy, Columbus County Schools (Dropout Prevention-Vocational Drafting Technology, Biotechnology, Communications, Child Care, Cosmetology, Industrial Plant Maintenance, Criminal Justice, Food Service and Welding).

New Business

-NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report

Globally Competitive Students Committee (3:00 PM)

Action

  • GCS 1 Recommendations for Compliance with HB 88, the Healthy Youth Act The State Board of Education is requested to approve the recommendations to modify pages (6,42-44,54,59-60, 62-63,68-69 and 78-81 within the 2006 Healthful Living Standard Course of Study in order to meet the requirements of House Bill 88, 2009 Healthy Youth Act. This legislation modified G.S. 115C-81 as it relates to Abstinence Until Marriage Education, now referred to as Reproductive Health and Safety Education, within the health education curriculum. DPI staff is recommending changes to the course of study to comply with the new law. They have included many of the sections of the law in the course of study which expands the instruction for students beginning in 7th grade on reproductive health and safety. They are now titling this curriculum as Guidelines for Instruction Regarding Reproductive Health and Safety Education. It adds language to allow the local board of education to expand on the subject areas to be taught in the program and on the instructional objectives to be met. Another key piece of the curriculum includes language requiring each school board to adopt a policy and provide a way for a parent/guardian to withdraw his or her child from instruction required under this statute.  The link to the documents in the section is included: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/stateboard/meetings/2010/02/gcs/02gcs.pdf.

February Committee Meeting: David Gardner reviewed the changes, which included removing references to “Abstinence Until Marriage” language, age appropriate material, removal of public hearing option, approval to support LEAs and revisions to the Standard Course of Study.

Action on First Reading

  • GCS 2 Changes to Policy Delineating the Components of the ABC’s Accountability Program for the 2010-2011 School year The State Board is requested to approve this policy change. With the adoption of the new high school mathematics essential standards and the emphasis on an integrated approach to the teach of mathematics, LEAs are requesting that the current Geometry End-of-Course (EOC) assessment be removed from the statewide testing program starting with the 2010-2011 school year. The state will have new assessments in place for the new curriculum with Mathematics A assessment and Mathematics B/C assessment.  The Mathematics A assessment will be administered at the conclusion of either Algebra I or Integrated Mathematics I. The Mathematics B/C assessment will be administered at the conclusion of either the Geometry and Algebra II course sequence or the Integrated Mathematics II and Integrated Mathematics III sequence. Removing the Geometry EOC assessment will allow LEAs to do a better job of scheduling students and making adjustments to facilitate a smooth transition to the new curriculum.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tour of Southeast Halifax High School

State Board of Education Meeting, (11:00 AM) Dr. William Harrison, Chairman

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance:

Approval of Minutes

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

CEDARS Update- Mr. Adam Levinson

Information Agenda

Healthy, Responsible Students Committee

  • HRS 2 Consolidated Data Report: Crime and Violence, Suspension and Expulsion, and Dropout Rates and Count  The State Board of Education shall report annually to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee on the number of students who have dropped out of school, been suspended, been expelled, placed in an alternative program, and committee acts of violence. The full report will be discussed at the State Board meeting.

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Consent Agenda

21st Century Professionals Committee

  • TCP 1 Recommendations for Compliance with HB 88, the Healthy Youth Act Teacher Education Specialty Area Standards for Health Education Teacher Candidates The recommendations to modify pages 77-78 and 81-82 of the Teacher Education Specialty Area Standards, document to add reproductive health and safety education language, to meet the requirements of House Bill 88.

Action and Discussion Agenda

Superintendent’s Report

-Dr. June Atkinson:

Chairman’s Remarks

-Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman.

Legislative Update:

Adjourn

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