2010 LEGISLATIVE SESSION MEMO #8

June 28th, 2010

The House and Senate returned on Monday and progress began again on the budget.

it gets where it’s going..

No Graduation Project required legislation was ratified and sent to the Governor. This issue had become a bone of contention with many LEAs who had to find local resources to implement and manage the project for all high school students.

House Committees

Education:

SB 1141 Task Force on Sports Injuries in Schools Favorable Report Re-ref to Com on Rules

SB 1151 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Favorable Report Re-ref Com on Health

SB 1152 Study Child Nutrition Program Not Heard

SB 1198 Education Cabinet Est. STEM Priority Favorable Report Placed on Cal 6/23/10

SB 1244 SBOE Members Ex Officio to Econ. Dev. Comm. Favorable Report Placed on Cal 6/23/10

SB 1246 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Not Heard

SB 1392 State Health Plans Court Ordered Guardianships Not Heard

HB 1682 Corp Punish for Children w/Disabilities Withdrawn from Com Re-ref Com on Education

HB 1726 Improve Child Care Nutrition/Activity Standards Favorable Report Placed on Cal for 6/24

Health:

SB 1151 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Favorable Report Re-ref to Com on Health

House Floor

SB 1141 Task Force on Sports Injuries in Schools Favorable Report Re-ref to Com on Rules

SB 1151 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Favorable Report Re-ref Com on Health

SB 1152 Study Child Nutrition Program Not Heard

SB 1198 Education Cabinet Est. STEM Priority Passed 2nd and 3rd Reading

SB 1244 State Board of Education Members Ex Officio to Economic Dev Comm. Passed 2nd Reading

SB 1246 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Not Heard

HB 961 Pay to Play Regulation Adopted (Changes title) Gov’t Ethics and Campaign Reform Act of 2010

HB 1683 Amend Sunset/Children with Disabilities Withdrawn Rules; Cal 6/24

HB 1726 Improve Child Care Nutrition/Activity Standards Favorable Report Placed on Cal for 6/24

HB 1921 Wake E-mail Address Lists/Electronic Access Passed 2nd and 3rd Reading

HB 1973 Keep North Carolina Competitive Act Passed

Senate Committees

Education:

HB 901 Honors Courses in Healthful Living Classes Favorable Report

HB 1676 Substitute Teacher Unemployment Favorable Report

HB 1753 School Bus Railroad Crossing Exception Favorable Report

SB 1115 Carteret Schools May Administer Oath Favorable Report Proposed Committee Substitute (PCS)

SB 1199 NC Biotechnology and Agriscience School Favorable Report Proposed Committee Substitute (PCS)

Health:

SB 1151 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Pensions & Retirement & Aging:

HB 1998 Reciprocity for ORP Service Favorable Report

HB 2054 Retirement Technical Corrections Favorable Report

SB 1392 State Health Plan/Court-Ordered Guardianships Favorable Report

Judiciary I:

HB 961 Gov’t Ethics and Campaign Reform Act of 2010 Re-ref Judiciary I

State and Local Government:

HB 1666 Davie School Board

HB 1772 Cherokee School Board Terms

Senate Floor

HB 901 Honors Courses in Healthful Living Classes Favorable Report

HB 961 Gov’t Ethics and Campaign Reform Act of 2010 Re-ref Judiciary I

HB 1669 Require Use of EVAAS in Schools Amendment adds language comparable and compatible. SBE is required to approve any other software programs.  Passed 2nd and 3rd Reading

HB 1676 Substitute Teacher Unemployment Favorable Report

HB 1683 Amend Sunset/Children with Disabilities Withdrawn Rules; Cal 6/24

HB 1753 School Bus Railroad Crossing Exception Passed 2nd and 3rd Reading

HB 1998 Reciprocity for ORP Service Favorable Report

SB 66 Comprehensive Arts Education Plan Passed 2nd and 3rd reading.

SB 1115 Carteret Schools May Administer Oath Favorable Report Re-ref to Com on Judiciary II

SB 1198 Education Cabinet Est. STEM Priority Passed 2nd and 3rd Reading

SB 1199 NC Biotechnology and Agriscience School Adopted (Changes Title) Est. Regional School Planning Comm.

SB 1244 SBOE Members Ex Officio to Econ. Dev. Comm. Passed 2nd Reading

SB 1264 Cherokee School Board Terms Withdrawn Cal; Cal 6/24

SB 1392 State Health Plan/Court-Ordered Guardianships Favorable Report

What’s Up Next Week

HB 1666 Davie School Board

HB 1772 Cherokee School Board Terms

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July State Board of Education Meeting Preview

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The State Board of Education will meet on July 1, 2010 in a conference call meeting.  They will begin with the approval of the minutes from the June 3rd meeting, and continue with the 21st Century Systems, ending with Old Business and New Business. Access to the SBE Executive Committee Summaries and documents are on the SBE website at the following link:

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2010/07

Thursday, July 1, 2010 2:00 p.m. Conference Call

Call to Order

  • Dr. William C. Harrison, Chairman

Approval of Minutes

  • June 3, 2010

Consent Agenda

21st Century Systems (Mr. Kevin Howell, Chair, and Mr. Tom Speed, Vice Chair)

  • TCS 1 Revision to Allotment Policy for ESEA Title I – School Improvement 1003(g) The State Board of Education (SBE) is requested to approve the Allotment Policy Manual revisions. Additional one-time funding is available through the federal ARRA. To be eligible schools must be identified as Tier I, Tier II, or Tier III. Grants must be awarded on co a competitive basis. The criteria for awarding the grant is specified in the School Improvement Grants Application and Federal Regulations.

Action

21st Century Systems (Mr. Kevin Howell, Chair, and Mr. Tom Speed, Vice Chair)

  • TCS 2 Approval of Grant SBE is requested to approve the grants for use in the lowest-achieving schools.  These funds are awarded by formula to states, which then makes competitive grants available to local educational agencies (LEAs).  An LEA may request funds for eligible schools in amounts between $50,000 and $2,000,000 per year for each school it commits to serve.  With approved waivers, these funds are available through September 30, 2013.  Primary stakeholders in SIG are students attending schools identified as “persistently lowest-achieving.” Other stakeholders include schools, parents, and families of the students attending these schools.

–       School Improvement Grants (SIG) authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Specifically, the final requirements will direct section 1003(g) SIG funds in significant amounts to each state’s persistently lowest-achieving schools in order to turn around those schools.

–       Total awarded: $65,403,735 19 districts are recommended; 25 schools are included; Funding ranges from $980,896-$6,000,000 over a three-year period. Wake is not receiving a School Improvement Grant (SIG).

  • Update on Contracts:

Under $25,000 – 9
Over $25,000   – 23

Old Business

New Business

Adjourn

2010 LEGISLATIVE SESSION MEMO #6

The House and Senate started the week slowly. The House and Senate Education conferees met Monday and Tuesday and there was very little consensus, compromise or agreement on the differences. Many of the items were flagged. The main issue on Tuesday was the way the House used the lottery funds to minimize the cuts to public schools. Representative Yongue, the Appropriations Chair who is assigned to manage education, broke his femur last week and after surgery is undergoing rehabilitation for the next few weeks. He is expected to participate via conference call. Meanwhile committees continued to meet to keep bills moving to the floor for a vote.

On Wednesday, House and Senate budget conferees continued to meet late into the evening. The ten ton gorilla in the room continues to be the $500 million in Federal Medicaid funding that has not been appropriated to the States. Congress, specifically the Senate, does not have the votes to include the funding in the JOBS bill. The talk around the building was the budget writers were going to change the funding targets for the various areas of the budget, including education and try to continue to hammer out their differences. The cut to all of education would be somewhere around $300 million with public schools accounting for at least $185 million of the education share.  Based on the student population in Wake this additional cut could mean as much as another $18.5 million above the already planned and additional cuts. One of the ways to manage this cut to the State budget being discussed was implementing a mandatory furlough for employees paid by the State. The furlough option being discussed was for 5-7 days. This information was not confirmed and so we will have to wait and see, though some version of the Senate furlough provision (only in the Senate budget) will likely be part of the final budget. Another provision in the budget causing problems is the Drivers Education section 28.2, which requires the per pupil reversion of funds in 2010-2011. There was a great deal of work and meeting with members to try and modify the provision this week.  The request is for the study commission to provide a comprehensive report and recommendations on all aspects the Driver Training Program rather than making piece meal changes to it.

On Thursday, budget writers were still talking about working through the weekend to finalize their negotiations by Tuesday, but by days end many members had left town and while the budget writers worked into the evening they finally left and agreed to return on Monday. The word is they are still working on the lottery funds and how much will be distributed to the various education areas. They have been tinkering with the Capital appropriations and scholarships. If they can use more of the Capital funds to fund the class size portion in the lottery it will require less General Funds revenues freeing those up to be used in other parts of the education budget. The House had proposed limiting the Capital funding for 2010-2011 to $130 million a decrease of $17 million from 2009-2010 projections. The lottery funding is very complex and there are many issues surrounding these funds including the excess from this year, the Lottery Reserve Fund, the scholarships allotment, and the projections for next year on revenues which is a little over $100 million more than this year.

On Thursday, the full Senate took up a series of education bills. HB 1669 requiring school systems to use EVAAs or another compatible system was pulled from the Senate calendar. There was a great deal of discussion about this bill in the Senate Education Committee and Senator Davis was working on an amendment. He was concerned there was no clear understanding of what compatible meant and he wanted another entity, the State Board of Education, to be the authorizing agency to approve any other system beyond EVAAS. The bill will be back on the calendar Tuesday and it is hard to say at this point if it will be amended. If it is amended it will have to go back to the House for concurrence.

Meanwhile, the House got bogged down on Thursday for several hours debating HB 1973 “Keep North Carolina Competitive Act,” which included pages of tax refunds, tax credits, and other incentives to support businesses in NC. The other bill expected to take a long time to debate in the House was postponed until Tuesday June 22.

Other bills of interest this week were a series of JOBS Commission bills that passed the Senate on Thursday as well as the elimination of the high school graduation requirement. Senator Goodall ran two amendments to one of the JOBS bills to try and make a point about the cap on charter schools. His first amendment capped the number of Learn and Earn schools in the State, but he withdrew his amendment and the second amendment he ran was voted on by a majority of members to “lie upon on the table” and that was where it was left. The bills passed and they will be sent to the House. The legislation on the graduation project (HB 1684) allows LEAs to implement the project, but it is no longer a requirement for graduation in North Carolina public high schools.

The House and Senate budget writers have 8 days to resolve their differences. If they cannot reach an agreement on all the issues in the State budget they will have to approve a Continuing Resolution to keep the State running while they finish their budget work. The latest information on the $500 million hole is rather than adopting their budget with those funds cut they may come up with a different contingency plan should the federal funds not materialize as planned. The final budget continues to be a moving target and as has happened in previous years the budget train gets going down the track and all of a sudden it gets derailed and this may occur many more times before it gets where it’s going..

House Committees

Education:

HB 1826 SBOE Members Ex Officio top Econ. Dev. Comm. Favorable Report to Committee Substitute.

HB 1879 Study Raising the Compulsory Attendance Age Favorable Report to Committee Substitute and re-referred to Rules.

Insurance:

HB 1853 State Health Plan/Treat Teachers Equitably Pulled.

Finance:

HB 1973 Keep North Carolina Competitive Act Favorable Report as amended.

House Floor

HB 2054 Retirement Technical Corrections Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

SB 66 A Comprehensive Arts Education Plan Passed second and third reading and sent back to the Senate.

HB 1973 Keep North Carolina Competitive Act Passed second reading and will be back on House calendar on June 21.

Senate Committees

Education:

SB 1119 Consolidate Regulation/Early Child Care & Ed Provider Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute (PCS).

SB 1198 Education Cabinet Establish STEM Priority Favorable Report to PCS.

SB 1201 Add’l Flexibility/Cooperative Innovative High School Favorable Report to PCS.

SB 1202 Career Academy as Cooperative Innovative High School Favorable Report.

SB 1244 SBOE Members Ex Officio top Econ. Dev. Comm. Favorable Report to PCS.

HB 1669 Require Use of EVAAS in Schools Favorable Report.

HB 1684 No High School Graduation Project Required Favorable Report.

Pensions and Retirement and Aging:

HB 1853 State Health Plan/Treat Teachers Equitably Favorable Report to PCS.

Finance:

SB 1210 Increase Licensure Fees/Athletic Trainers Favorable Report.

SB 1251 State Health Plan/Treat Teachers Equitably Favorable Report to PCS.

Senate Floor

SB 1119 Consolidate Regulation/Early Child Care & Ed Provider Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 1198 Education Cabinet Establish STEM Priority Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 1201 Add’l Flexibility/Cooperative Innovative High School Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 1202 Career Academy as Cooperative Innovative High School Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 1210 Increase Licensure Fees/Athletic Trainers Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 1251 State Health Plan/Treat Teachers Equitably Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

SB 1244 SBOE Members Ex Officio top Econ. Dev. Comm. Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

HB 1684 No High School Graduation Project Required Passed second and third reading and sent to the House.

What’s Up Next Week

SB 1141 Task Force on Sports Injuries in Schools

SB 1151 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

SB 1152 Study Child Nutrition Program

SB 1246 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate

HB 901 Honors Courses in Healthful Living Classes

HB 1676 Substitute Teacher Unemployment

SB 1115 Carteret Schools May Administer Oath

2010 LEGISLATIVE SESSION MEMO #5

The House and Senate returned to Raleigh on Monday afternoon. The Senate voted not to concur on the House version of the budget, Monday night. Conferees were appointed by both the House and Senate on Tuesday and the big chairs began meeting behind closed doors to determine targets for the subcommittee chairs, to reconcile the budget differences in both funding and special provisions.

On Wednesday and Thursday, there were more than a dozen committee meetings with members working feverishly to pass bills, looking toward ending this short session in early July.

On Thursday, the Appropriations Chairs met with the subcommittee chairs in an open meeting to release the budget targets. As anticipated the education funding target of $10,768,361,626 is somewhere in between the Senate budget of $10,871,248,043 and the House budget of $10,685,416,387. The target is actually $102.8 million less than the Senate budget and $82.9 million more than the House. The education budget includes funding for all three entities, the universities, community colleges, and public schools. The House budget cut the universities more than 3.6 percent, while the Senate only cut them 0.45 percent. The public schools were cut 3.9 percent in the House and 3.5 percent in the Senate. The House budget reduced the number of line item cuts to public schools and used lottery proceeds to provide some of the additional funding for public schools as well as using funds the Senate provided to the universities. Rumors going around the building are that the House will end up putting money back in the universities budget to reduce the 3.6 percent cut approved in the House budget. Presidents Bowles wants $100 million back in his budget so he doesn’t have to reduce his courses (impacting his academic programs), lay off faculty, or limit enrollment. At this time it’s hard to say what will happen to public schools if they try and put that much money back in the universities budget. It is possible we could see some of the line item cuts return that were eliminated in the House budget. There was also talk around the building, that the fees of $22 million not included in the House budget, would be in the final budget, in an effort to increase revenue. Let the games begin. The next ten days will be crucial in trying to limit the cuts to public schools.

Meanwhile, the House and Senate budget writers are still grappling with the possible $500 million shortfall from the federal government of the Medicaid funds. They are going to have to come up with contingency plan should Congress fail to agree to appropriate these funds soon. The latest word on Thursday is that Congress is preparing to vote those funds out to the States, in the Jobs bill. This would be good news to NC and the other 34 states counting on these funds. Hopefully, there will be movement in this legislation soon so NC does not have to consider further budget cuts.

The budget schedule calls for the subcommittees to work and provide their recommendations to the Appropriations chairs next week, probably on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then the Chairs will meet the through next week and into the following week to work out the unresolved differences. The calendar shows the Conference Report being adopted on Tuesday, June 29th. While the budget process is proceeding on schedule, legislators will keep their bills moving through the committee process.

On Thursday morning, the Joint Legislative Education Oversight met in a specially called meeting to receive a report from Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton on the work of the JOBS Commission. The JOBS Commission has requested passage of eight bills from their work over the past 10 months. There were several students who spoke on the incredible value of the Early College programs and the difference it has made in their lives. There were also many supporters of the work of the JOBS Commission in attendance at the meeting.

Late next week you may see an early DRAFT conference report on the budget for public schools, which may give you an idea of the direction of the final conference report, though it will still be a DRAFT. Hang in there we are going to be moving pretty fast, as we near the fiscal year deadline of July 1, 2010.

House Committees

Education:

HB 1753 School Bus Railroad Crossing Exception (Craven County-one RR crossing)-Favorable Report and sent to Judiciary III.

HB 1782 Consolidated Report/Early Care and Education Favorable Report and sent to Appropriations.

HB 1784 Consolidate Payments/Early Care and Education Favorable Report and sent to Appropriations.

Health:

HB 1757 Physical Education and Activity in Schools Favorable Report to Proposed Committee substitute and sent to Education.

Local Government:

HB 1728 Carteret Schools May Administer Oath Favorable Report.

HB 1264 Cherokee School Board Terms Favorable Report.

Judiciary II:

HB 1676 Substitute Teacher Unemployment Favorable Report and sent to the floor.

HB 1682 Corporal Punishment and Children with Disabilities Favorable Report and sent to the floor.

Commerce:

HB1973 Extend Various Economic Sunsets Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and re-referred to Finance.

Insurance:

HB 1730 Authorize State Risk Pool to Administer Federal Risk Pool Favorable Report.

Pensions and Retirement:

HB 2054 Retirement Technical Corrections Favorable Report

House Floor

HB 1669 Require Use EVAAS in Schools Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 1676 Substitute Teacher Unemployment Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

HB 1682 Corporal Punishment and Children with Disabilities Passed second and third reading and sent to the Senate.

Senate Committees

Education

SB 1117 Consolidated Report/Early Care and Education Favorable Report.

SB 1118 Consolidate Payments/Early Care and Education Favorable Report.

SB 1119 Consolidate Regulation/Early Care and Education Pulled.

HB 1683 Amend Sunset/Children w/Disabilities Favorable Report.

Finance

SB 1172 Fair Tax Penalties Discussed.

Senate Floor

SB 1117 Consolidated Report/Early Care and Education Passed second and third reading.

HB 1683 Amend Sunset/Children w/Disabilities Passed second and third reading.

What’s Up Next Week

HB 1879 Study Raising the Compulsory Attendance Age.

HB 2029 Amend Tenure Law: Re: Teacher RIFs.

SB 1198 Education Cabinet Establish STEM Priority

SB 1199 NC Biotechnology and Agriscience School

SB 1201 Add’l Flexibility/Cooperative Innovative High School

SB 1202 Career Academy as Cooperative Innovative High School

HB 1669 Require Use of EVAAS in Schools

HB 1684 No High School Graduation Project Required.

Summary of State Board of Education Agenda

June 2, 2010 and June 3, 2010

The State Board of Education Committees met on Tuesday to interview 7 charter school applicants. Richard Milburn from Wake is one of the charter applicants being interviewed. The State Board of Education Committees met on Wednesday. They began with Globally Competitive Student Committee, 21st Century Professionals Committee, Leadership and Innovation Committee, and they ended with Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. On Thursday, they met to vote and hear presentations. Access to the SBE Executive Committee Summaries and documents are on the SBE website at the following link:

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2010/06

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (9:30 AM)

Action

  • GCS 1 Occupational Course of Study (OCS)-Testing Issues Related to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) APPROVED In 2008-2009, The US Department of Education notified NC DPI that NCEXTEND2 did not meet their approval and so the OCS students could no longer count as participants for determining AYP at the high school level. To remedy this problem the following steps are proposed for State Board discussion and consideration, for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. There are five options for discussion: 1) Move up the timeline for OCS students to be taught the new Essential Standards with crosswalks to NC Standard Course of study for the assessed subjects, 2) Require OCS students to take the EOC assessments in English I (along with Grade 10 Writing assessment), Algebra I, and Biology until the NCEXTEND2 assessments are developed to accompany the new End of Course assessments based on the new Essential Standards, 3) Allow OCS students’ scores from a combination of the English EOC assessment and the Grade 10 Writing assessment, Algebra I, and Biology to be included in any AYP and ABC’s reporting 4) Waive (for OCS students only) the requirement in the policy (GCSC-003) that mandates EOC assessments count as 25% of the student’s final grade, and 5) Eliminate the current OCS NCEXTEND2 assessments from the statewide testing program and ABC’s accountability program (GCS-C-020).

The Department recommends: 1) the attached timeline of curriculum implementation and assessment be approved for OCS students, 2) SBE waive (OCS students only) the requirement in GCS-C-003 that EOC assessments count as 25% of a students’ final grade, and 3) Amend policy GCS-C-020 to eliminate the OCS NCEXTEND2 assessments from the statewide testing program and ABC’s accountability program. These recommendations will be implemented with the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

  • GCS 2 Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities The State Board APPROVED the proposed amendments to the policies discussed in May. The policies governing children with disabilities will be amended to reflect recent changes to IDEA and to clarify and align sections of the current policies. The amendment to the policies is presented for Discussion in May and Action in June. Policies GCS-D-000-008 and TCS-E-001 are being modified. The changes to the policies are comprehensive. A copy is available at the link listed at the beginning of the document.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion

Moved to Action on First Reading

  • GCS 3 Common Core Standards APPROVED The State Board agreed to the importance of getting students, teachers and parents to buy-in to this program.  Both Kentucky and Maryland have already approved Common Core.  The rationale for Common Core Standards included the importance of having a standard that can be compared to other states as well as the schools within the state.  There was also discussion on sharing the economy of this program, which would allow for sharing the burden of funding.  Dr. Williamson discussed the specific skills that are focused on in the Common Core Standards with ELA, including text complexity, balancing literature and informational text, developing strong skills in science and social studies, reading and comprehension, writing and research, speaking and listening, and vocabulary.  Math focuses on the early grades as well as “messy problems” in the high school grades.  There are currently tools that are being created, merging the current process with Common Core Standards.  The projected roll out date is fall of 2012, with the National Assessment to roll out in 2014.  Committee Meeting: Dr. Harrison asked to move this to ACTION.  There was discussion on who developed the Common Core Standards.  It was determined that CCSSO and NGO took the lead and developed the concept.  Experts were then assembled to continue the development.

Discussion

  • GCS 4 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The SBE discussed Post-Secondary Readiness issues, which is highlighted in Framework for Change.  The issue was brought up regarding whether students should be administered one test or multiple tests to show post-secondary readiness.  The SBE favors use of ACT and Work Keys as the assessments used.  These tests are accepted at all community colleges.  Cost of administering these tests to high school students was discussed.  Ms. Quick recommended that it be taken to the next step to be included in the 2011-2013 budgets.  Other assessments were discussed but it was concluded that Compass and AccuPlacer are more of a placement test and not to be used for accountability measures.

Committee Meeting: Ms. Quick was asked to send out one last request for recommendations, giving everyone 30 days for clarification, and to make a final decision regarding this new model in July.  Board members were asked to look at website and be prepared to vote in July.

New Business

Writing Instruction Update – Ms. Quick discussed the idea of requiring 7th grade students to compose and store within an electronic repository samples of writing that teachers score throughout the year.  It would be used as a formative assessment rather than using only summative assessment.  The mission is to incorporate daily writing opportunities into all subjects.  Both Grades 4 and Grades 7 are entering grades into the system, but there is an inconsistency to the grades.  As of April 9th, many schools had not finished the 2nd sample of writing.  A report to use with parents has been developed, allowing the parent to see the writing ability of their child.

Committee Meeting: The recommendation was brought forth to look at LEAs and submit data and writing samples, and to expand writing instructional system.  Policy and procedures issues were also discussed. A concern was raised about the ability of 4th grade students to use the computers to submit writing. There was also a question raised with respect to comparability of the 4th grade and 7th grade writing samples.

Greetings from Mr. Bu Jinkun, Deputy Director General, Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education (China) Mr. Bu Jinkun was welcomed by the board and a presentation was presented, discussing global education.

Committee Meeting: The hope for the future includes teacher exchanges, growth in formal partnerships, collaborative resources, administrative and educational exchanges, international conferences to better understand each other and activities focused on math, science, and technology.  Mr. Bu Jinkun then spoke of his views on education.

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:40 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

State Board of Career and Technical Education

  • TCP 1 Revision of Board Policy to Reflect Changes in the Provisional Licensing Requirements for Career and Technical Education Teachers APPROVED the revisions to Board policy, in the licensing requirements for CTE teachers.  The policy is being revised based on input received from all eight State Board districts and NC DPI meetings with CTE administrators. The State Board will discuss in May and is requested to approve the proposed CTE licensure revision in June, with an effective date of July 1, 2010. There are nineteen major changes to the policy: 1) Reformat the document 2) Updated examples of Bachelor’s degrees 3) Updated examples of related industry work experiences, 4) Eliminate the use of the 80 hour induction program as a substitute for the Instructional Methods course requirement, 5) Reduce 80 hour induction program to 40 hours and eliminate option to waive the requirement 6) Maintain 80 hours of induction for Health Occupations, 7) Maintain 80 hours of induction from CTE directors and instructional management coordinators, 8. Revise the course requirement for agricultural education 9) Change the Health Occupations–Specific Instructional Methods course requirement, 10) Change the Health Occupations-Specific Curriculum, Instructional Planning and Assessment course requirement 11) Add Pharmacy Technical Certification requirement to Health Occupations, 12) Add a Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences endorsement, 13) Reformat the Trade and Instruction Education course requirement sections, 14) Reformat the Trade and Industrial sections to include a matrix, 15) Revise the Core Academic Competence Exam, 16) Remove the Core Academic testing requirement for T&I teachers who have Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees, 17) Add a table to the Trade and Industrial section listing the requirement for licensure, 18) Add a footnote clarifying the restricted classification of the CTE Provisional Route License 19) Rename the VoCats licensure area to Instructional Management Coordinator. A copy is available at the link listed at the beginning of the document.

Committee Meeting: This will be effective as of July 1, 2010. Credentials must be completed before teaching unless otherwise indicated in the policy. A copy of the updated policy can be provided upon request from my office.

TCP 2 Proposed Standards for the evaluation of Speech–Language Pathologists APPROVED The State Board is recommended to approve the new standards discussed last month.  Once these are approved in June, work will begin on the development and validation of the new instrument for Speech-Language Pathologists. There are five standards proposed: 1) School Speech-Language Pathologists demonstrate leadership, advocacy, collaboration and ethical practices, 2) School Speech-Language Pathologists promote a respectful environment for a diverse population of students, 3) School Speech-Language Pathologists understand and facilitate the implementation of a comprehensive approach to speech-language development, 4) School Speech-Language Pathologists promote learning for all students, 5) School Speech-Language Pathologists reflect on their practice. A copy is available at the link listed at the beginning of the document.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

  • TCP 3 Proposed Qualifying Scores for Regenerated Praxis II Exams APPROVED the new Praxis II exam scores discussed in May. The Educational Testing Service convened experts to meet on the test standards for Praxis II exams in the following areas: 1) World Languages-German, French Spanish 2) Business Education 3) Teaching and Reading 4) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications.  The State Board will discuss and review the new qualifying scores. Each regenerated test will be administered in the fall of 2010, with final administration of the current test to occur in the summer of 2010. The new test scores are as follows: World Languages French: 162, German 163, Spanish 168, Business Education: 154, Teaching Reading: 159, Special Education Core Knowledge and Applications: 151, Mild to Moderate Applications; 158, Severe to Profound: 158. The item will be effective with fall of 2010.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

Action on First Reading

  • TCP 4 Final Decision in Contested Case Alexa Molden v. The North Carolina State Board of Education APPROVED

Committee Meeting: This was discussed in closed meeting.

Old Business

  • Removal of Barriers to Lateral Entry Into Teaching The State Board discussed the report.  Page 1-12 includes updated responses including 26 recommendations.  Page 13 contains data for RALC.  Page 14 shows results of survey taken in the spring of 8 regions.  Projections include how many teachers come into North Carolina each year, as well as finds allocated for RALC now and for the next 4-5 years.

Committee Meeting: The Board was made aware of the fact that prospective teachers can be in the program without being licensed.  Ms. Willoughby also stated she was told institutions of higher learning have a difficult time finding schools that will take lateral entry students as student teachers.  A need for clarification of the process is needed.

Leadership for Innovation Committee (2:25 PM)

Action

  • LFI 1 Recommendations for Preliminary Approval of 2010 Charter School Applications The State Board is requested to approve one of the seven listed schools for preliminary charter. The schools being interviewed by the Board member this month include: Bear Grass charter, Leadership Learning Academy, Piedmont IT Academy, Richard Milburn Academy, Spruce Pine Montessori, Union Independent School, and Waters Edge Village Academy.

Committee Meeting: Discussion and action item for next month after interviews that will take

place this month.  This item was pushed to next month, due to scheduling conflicts and the inability to interview the schools in question.

Action on First Reading

  • LFI 2 Program Approval Request Under Innovative Education Initiatives Act APPROVED the program and exemption requests under the Innovative Education Act as requested by Cumberland County Schools. The Cumberland County Schools experienced several personnel issues therefore they were unable to submit their request in February and the Department allowed them to delay their request.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

New Business

  • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report The Director discussed the report and future projections and implementations of NCVPS/LEO.  A meeting was hosted in early May in Ashville, to demonstrate the value of Public Relations.  Initiatives were 1) Sharing PR staff; 2) Leverage of PR Staff; 3) How virtual learning saves money; 4) Course sharing among states as a way to save money.  Blended learning was defined as strong face to face learning, online collaborative leaning, and largely self paced, and individualized and personalized learning.  On June 8, 2010, a focus will be on blended learning at Wayne Engineering.  Two areas that need improvement are: 1) Leadership not enrolling in these environments; 2) Allowing ‘play around and fail’, a pre-course training of online and in person learning.  Michigan Virtual, a non-profit virtual school, may be targeted as an umbrella for all, reducing costs. 

Committee Meeting: There is a concern over privatization, as K-12 students should be able to use NC Virtual without expense.  Thoughts were discussed as to using a non-profit agency in North Carolina instead of Michigan Virtual as an umbrella for North Carolina NCVPS/LEO.

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting (3:10 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCS 1 Restructuring State Pre-Kindergarten Rates APPROVED Option II for restructuring pre-kindergarten funding. The General Assembly has required the Office of Early Learning to restructure State pre-kindergarten payment rates. The State Board of Education will determine an option for restructuring the pre-kindergarten funding for 2010-2011. Option I: Capped administrative costs and a state-defined differentiated rate for public and private providers. LEAs would be restricted to 2.1% (on average) for indirect cost rates to support administrative functions related to the More at Four contracts. Local Partnerships for children would be capped at 8% for administrative support functions. The Office of Early Learning would define differentiated per-slot rates to support the diverse cost structures of the different provider types participating in the state-funded program. Rates might be proposed as an example: Head Start=$3400 per slot, Public schools=$4300 per slot, Private Providers=$6,000 per slot. Setting the differentiated rates will take some time, but the administrative rates can be enacted for 2010-2011. Option II Capped Administrative Rates, 2009-2010 Provider Rates Held Harmless, More at Four Payment Structure Studied. The Office of Early Learning will cap administrative costs for local contractors for the 2010-2011 school years consistent with the parameters outlined in Option II. Additionally, the actual per-slot rates paid to providers in 2010-2011 will be held harmless. The Study will then allow a funding plan to be developed to maintain the delivery of prekindergarten services across the diverse group of providers currently making up the system. This option will allow the program to manage expected budget cuts, without limiting the number of children being served for 2010-2011.

Committee Meeting: Option II was recommended and approved.  No further discussion.

  • TCS 2 Revision to the School Attendance and Student Accounting Manual APPROVED the policy change to the process of reporting absences for lack of proper immunizations as suspensions. After consulting with the Attorney General’s office a policy change is required to code the absence, due to a student’s lack of immunizations, as an unlawful absence, instead of a suspension. This change will become effective beginning July 1, 2010. This will be an Action item at the June meeting.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 3 Approval of Grant APPROVED
    • IMPACT-Professional Development Enhancement Grant Award, IMPACT III and IMPACT IV Six LEAs are receiving $80,936.13 in grant funds to be used for professional development budget to cover 1:1 Coaching from the Friday Institute for the high schools listed in the grant summary. Asheboro, Perquimans, Kannapolis, Thomasville, Asheville City, and Pamlico are the areas to receive grants.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

  • TCS 4 Governor’s School Board of Governors APPROVED the recommendation to reappoint William Howard III (District 7) and Jane Austen Behan (District 1) to second three-year terms. The State Board is asked to recommend on additional appointment (local director of gifted programs) from district 6 for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2010.

Committee Meeting: A Board Member recommended Stephanie Range be appointed.  She does not reside in North Carolina.  Board Member Green opposed her appointment and asked that a Board Member be appointed that lived in NC.  A vote was taken and the new Board Member was appointed with Board Member Green voting no.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 31 contracts

Contracts under $25,000 – 9 contracts

New Business

Internship program research suggestions are on website.

Committee Meeting: Board members were requested to review the website before the July meeting.

Course Assessment Project   Potential benefits and downsides

Growth Model

Thursday, May 6, 2010

State Board of Education Meeting, (9:00 AM) Dr. William Harrison, Chairman

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance: Mr. Tom Speed

Approval of Minutes

Special Presentation-Innovative Approaches to challenges in Today’s Urban Systems

Dr. Peter Gorman, Superintendent Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools gave a presentation on the importance of looking at overall effectiveness in a teacher, not just qualifications.  Dr. Gorman discussed the need for value added measures – not what but why.  He stated that compensation should be based on teacher effectiveness.  He used the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Schools as examples of how effective teachers are compensated.   Development is underway, to be ready in 2013-2014, bringing about strategic initiatives that measure effectiveness of teachers, which would encourage those teachers who know they can be effective.  This will also provide for families of teachers, allowing the teacher to concentrate on teaching instead of worrying about the needs of his/her family. There does not seem to be any relationship between compensation and effectiveness.  Some of the least effective teachers were actually more compensated and vice a versa.  We need to find better ways to target effective teachers through better compensation.  He also mentioned the need for principals to be compensated for their effectiveness.  Effective principals were more likely to have effective teachers.  There is a need to look at leadership and principals, not just the teachers’ effectiveness.  SBE and school districts need to look at ways to reward principals that do a good job, along with the teachers.  This is overlooked, when focusing on teacher effectiveness.

    Award Presentation- North Carolina’s Milken Family Foundation National Education Award

    • Ms. Cynthia Rudolph, Biology Teacher Hopewell High School, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

    Presentation on the JOBS Report

    Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton gave an update on the JOBS Report.  He discussed the Early College Model and the effect it is having on those students that were interested in working hard.  The focus on this project is on stem related activities.

    Special Presentation-Outgoing State Board of Education Advisors

    • Ms. Cindi Rigsbee, SBE Teacher of the Year Advisor
    • Mr. Vann Pennell, SBE Principal of the Year Advisor
    • Mr. Jack Hoke, SBE Superintendent Advisor

    Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

    ACRE Update- Ms. Angela Quick Ms. Angela Quick gave an update regarding ACRE.  She discussed the online assessments that are becoming available, which will make sure schools and teachers have available and are using assessments.  Dr. Garland then discussed the importance of linking the online assessment with paper/pencil assessments, allowing for better data to be available. A study that includes 8 states will include NC and will save the state over $600,000, as it will be free to students of NC.

    • District and School Transformation Update-Dr. Pat Ashley- stated the purpose is to align to Board goals, providing transparency.  Every other month 2 divisions will be highlighted.  Jack Stone then highlighted HR, explaining what HR will be offering.  This includes training of managers, internal service improvements, continuous recruitment for new hires and web-based tracking of performance and evaluation.  A female then discussed Career and Technical Education.  She listed 5 goals:  1) Concentrating on students that graduate; 2) Helping students be ready for work or post secondary education; 3) Assisting students in Language Arts, and Math, giving them a standard course of study; 4) Staff Development for Teachers; and 5) Use a Database for Decision Making, which will target resources and allow for timely decision making.  It also allows for working with business and industry personnel.
    • Performance Navigator Update-Mr. Adam Levinson

    Information Agenda

    Healthy Responsible Students

    HRS 1 Allies Promoting Health and Academic Achievement North Carolina data showing a link between a student’s health status and academic achievement will be presented. In addition the joint efforts of health promotion and prevention work between DPI and DPH will be reviewed.  Mrs. Willoughby introduced Ms. Collins, who then introduced Mr. Gardner.  He discussed the fact that the three areas of education, economic and health are all linked.  At the state level, there are structures that are being developed, including the Healthy Schools Cabinet, Healthy Schools Forum, and Healthy School Leadership Assembly.  DPI then discussed the increased understanding that economic disparity causes when businesses decide not to bring their resources into an area.  She also stated that students with risk factors such as obesity or drug use tend to have lower grades.  School Level Impact Measures (SLIM) have been developed to assess areas where schools can become more health-conscious.

    ESEA Re-Authorization presented by Leigh M. Manasevit.  He laid out a blueprint for reform that included 7 areas: 1) College Career Ready Students, which gives standards for fair accountability and support at every level; 2) Great Teachers and Great leaders, which emphasizes effectiveness of teachers and includes those in educational leadership, such as principals; 3) Meeting the Needs of English Learners and Other Diverse Learners, making a commitment to ELL students, maintaining and strengthening already in place programs, emphasizing IDEA with better coordination as well as developing literacy standards; 4) A Complete Education – A New Approach, which strengthens instruction, raises the standards for literacy, competitive grants and expanding access to accelerated course work in high need schools; 5) Successful, Safe and Healthy Students, which improves educational and developmental outcomes, needs assessments of all children establishing a baseline for children and their needs, and promoting community involvement; 6) Fostering Innovation and Excellence, which includes expanded education options and competitive grants modeled after RTT; and 7) Additional Cross Cutting Priorities, which brings flexibility for success.  Nothing will take place with re-authorization until January of 2011 or later.

    Consent Agenda

    Globally Competitive Students

    GCS 5 State Hearing Review Officers APPROVED the State Hearing Review Officers.

    Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

    Business/Finance and Advocacy

    TCS 5 Pre-Approval of Financial And Business Services’ Policy Manuals APPROVED the manuals, Public School Personnel State Salary Schedules and Manual, the Allotment Policy Manual, and the Benefits and Employment Policy Manual for Public School Employees.

    Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

    Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

    Action and Discussion Agenda

    Superintendent’s Report

    -Dr. June Atkinson: 3rd Webinar – June 10, 2010 from 3-4 PM, Dr. Lynn Johnson. Register for webinar on website.

    Chairman’s Remarks

    -Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

    • Thanked those who participated in Race for the Top
    • Legislative Update: July Board Meeting
    • Work Session in October, TBA

    June State Board of Education Agenda

    June 2, 2010 and June 3, 2010

    The State Board of Education Committees are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to interview 7 charter school applicants. Richard Milburn from Wake is one of the charter applicants being interviewed. The State Board of Education Committees are scheduled to meet on Wednesday. They begin with Globally Competitive Student Committee, 21st Century Professionals Committee, Leadership and Innovation Committee, and they ended with Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. On Thursday, they meet to vote. Access to the SBE Executive Committee Summaries and documents are on the SBE website at the following link:

    http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2010/05

    Wednesday, June 2, 2010

    Globally Competitive Students Committee (9:30 AM)

    Action

    • GCS 1 Occupational Course of Study (OCS)-Testing Issues Related to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) In 2008-2009, The US Department of Education notified NC DPI that NCEXTEND2 did not meet their approval and so the OCS students could no longer count as participants for determining AYP at the high school level. To remedy this problem the following steps are proposed for State Board discussion and consideration, for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. There are five options for discussion: 1) Move up the timeline for OCS students to be taught the new Essential Standards with crosswalks to NC Standard Course of study for the assessed subjects, 2) Require OCS students to take the EOC assessments in English I (along with Grade 10 Writing assessment), Algebra I, and Biology until the NCEXTEND2 assessments are developed to accompany the new End of Course assessments based on the new Essential Standards, 3) Allow OCS students’ scores from a combination of the English EOC assessment and the Grade 10 Writing assessment, Algebra I, and Biology to be included in any AYP and ABC’s reporting 4) Waive (for OCS students only) the requirement in the policy (GCSC-003) that mandates EOC assessments count as 25% of the student’s final grade, and 5) Eliminate the current OCS NCEXTEND2 assessments from the statewide testing program and ABC’s accountability program (GCS-C-020).

    The department recommends: 1) the attached timeline of curriculum implementation and assessment be approved for OCS students, 2) SBE waive (OCS students only) the requirement in GCS-C-003 that EOC assessments count as 25% of a students’ final grade, and 3) Amend policy GCS-C-020 to eliminate the OCS NCEXTEND2 assessments from the statewide testing program and ABC’s accountability program. These recommendations will be implemented with the 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 school years.

    • GCS 2 Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities The State Board is requested to approve the proposed amendments to the policies discussed in May. The policies governing children with disabilities will be amended to reflect recent changes to IDEA and to clarify and align sections of the current policies. The amendment to the policies is presented for Discussion in May and Action in June. Policies GCS-D-000-008 and TCS-E-001 are being modified. The changes to the policies are comprehensive. A copy is available at the link listed at the beginning of the document.

    Discussion

    • GCS 3 Common Core Standards The State Board is asked to discuss and provide feedback. In the Framework for Change in 2008 the SBE asked the Department to examine the Standards. As a requirement to the Race to the Top proposal North Carolina is expected to adopt the Common Core Standards, verbatim. This item is for Action in July.
    • GCS 4 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The SBE is asked to discuss and provide guidance to the Department. The ACRE Assessment and Accountability Committee drafted a proposal for a new accountability model to address both K-8 and high school accountability. Component of the propose model include student performance, value-added performance for teachers, schools and districts, long-term 9Loongitudinal) growth, graduation rate, Future Ready Core and postsecondary readiness.

    New Business

    Writing Instruction Update

    Greetings from Mr. Bu Jinkun, Deputy Director General, Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education (China)

    21st Century Professionals Committee (1:40 PM)

    Action and Discussion Agenda

    State Board of Career and Technical Education

    • TCP 1 Revision of Board Policy to Reflect Changes in the Provisional Licensing Requirements for Career and Technical Education Teachers The State Board discussed revisions to Board policy, in the licensing requirements for CTE teachers.  The policy is being revised based on input received from all eight State Board districts and NC DPI meetings with CTE administrators. The State Board will discuss in May and is requested to approve the proposed CTE licensure revision in June, with an effective date of July 1, 2010. There are nineteen major changes to the policy: 1) Reformat the document 2) Updated examples of Bachelor’s degrees 3) Updated examples of related industry work experiences, 4) Eliminate the use of the 80 hour induction program as a substitute for the Instructional Methods course requirement, 5) Reduce 80 hour induction program to 40 hours and eliminate option to waive the requirement 6) Maintain 80 hours of induction for Health Occupations, 7) Maintain 80 hours of induction from CTE directors and instructional management coordinators, 8. Revise the course requirement for agricultural education 9) Change the Health Occupations–Specific Instructional Methods course requirement, 10) Change the Health Occupations-Specific Curriculum, Instructional Planning and Assessment course requirement 11) Add Pharmacy Technical Certification requirement to Health Occupations, 12) Add a Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences endorsement, 13) Reformat the Trade and Instruction Education course requirement sections, 14) Reformat the Trade and Industrial sections to include a matrix,

    15) Revise the Core Academic Competence Exam, 16) Remove the Core Academic testing requirement for T&I teachers who have Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees, 17) Add a table to the Trade and Industrial section listing the requirement for licensure, 18) Add a footnote clarifying the restricted classification of the CTE Provisional Route License 19) Rename the VoCats licensure area to Instructional Management Coordinator. A copy is available at the link listed at the beginning of the document. This item is Action in June.

    • TCP 2 Proposed Standards for the evaluation of Speech–Language Pathologists The State Board is recommended to approve the new standards discussed last month.  Once these are approved in June, work will begin on the development and validation of the new instrument for Speech-Language Pathologists. There are five standards proposed: 1) School Speech-Language Pathologists demonstrate leadership, advocacy, collaboration and ethical practices, 2) School Speech-Language Pathologists promote a respectful environment for a diverse population of students, 3) School Speech-Language Pathologists understand and facilitate the implementation of a comprehensive approach to speech-language development, 4) School Speech-Language Pathologists promote learning for all students, 5) School Speech-Language Pathologists reflect on their practice. A copy is available at the link listed at the beginning of the document.
      • TCP 3 Proposed Qualifying Scores for Regenerated Praxis II ExamsThe State Board is requested to approve the new Praxis II exam scores discussed in May. The Educational Testing Service convened experts to meet on the test standards for Praxis II exams in the following areas: 1) World Languages-German, French Spanish 2) Business Education 3) Teaching and Reading 4) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications.  The State board will discuss and review the new qualifying scores. Each regenerated test will be administered in the Fall of 2010, with final administration of the current test to occur in the Summer of 2010. The new test scores are as follows: World Languages French: 162, German 163, Spanish 168, Business Education: 154, Teaching Reading: 159, Special Education Core Knowledge and Applications: 151, Mild to Moderate Applications; 158, Severe to Profound: 158. The item will be effective with Fall of 2010.

    Action on First Reading

    • TCP 4 Final Decision in Contested Case Alexa Molden v. The North Carolina State Board of Education

    Old Business

    • Removal of Barriers to Lateral Entry Into Teaching

    Leadership for Innovation Committee (2:25 PM)

    Action

    • LFI 1 Recommendations for Preliminary Approval of 2010 Charter School Applications The State Board is requested to approve one of the seven listed schools for preliminary charter. The schools being interviewed by the Board member this month include: Bear Grass charter, Leadership Learning Academy, Piedmont IT Academy, Richard Milburn Academy, Spruce Pine Montessori, Union Independent School, Waters Edge Village Academy

    Action on First Reading

    • LFI 2 Program Approval Request Under Innovative Education Initiatives Act The State Board is recommended to approve the program and exemption requests under the Innovative Education Act as requested by Cumberland County Schools. The Cumberland County Schools experienced several personnel issues therefore they were unable to submit their request in February and the Department allowed them to delay their request.

    New Business

    • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report

    Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting (3:10 PM)

    Action and Discussion Agenda

    Action

    • TCS 1 Restructuring State Pre-Kindergarten Rates The State Board is requested to approve Option II for restructuring pre-kindergarten funding. The General Assembly has required the Office of Early Learning to restructure State pre-kindergarten payment rates. The State Board of Education will determine an option for restructuring the pre-kindergarten funding for 2010-2011. Option I: Capped administrative costs and a state-defined differentiated rate for public and private providers. LEAs would be restricted to 2.1% (on average) for indirect cost rates to support administrative functions related to the More at Four contracts. Local Partnerships for children would be capped at 8% for administrative support functions. The Office of Early Learning would define differentiated per-slot rates to support the diverse cost structures of the different provider types participating in the state-funded program. Rates might be proposed as an example: Head Start=$3400 per slot, Public schools=$4300 per slot, Private Providers=$6,000 per slot. Setting the differentiated rates will take some time, but the administrative rates can be enacted for 2010-2011. Option II Capped Administrative Rates, 2009-2010 Provider Rates Held Harmless, More at Four Payment Structure Studied. The Office of Early Learning will cap administrative costs for local contractors for the 2010-2011 school year consistent with the parameters outlined in Option II. Additionally, the actual per-slot rates paid to providers in 2010-2011 will be held harmless. The Study will then allow a funding plan to be developed to maintain the delivery of prekindergarten services across the diverse group of providers currently making up the system. This option will allow the program to manage expected budget cuts, without limiting the number of children being served for 2010-2011.
    • TCS 2 Revision to the School Attendance and Student Accounting Manual The State Board is requested to approve this policy change to the process of reporting absences for lack of proper immunizations as suspensions. After consulting with the Attorney General’s office a policy change is required to code the absence, due to a student’s lack of immunizations, as an unlawful absence, instead of a suspension. This change will become effective beginning July 1, 2010. This will be an Action item at the June meeting.

    Action on First Reading

    • TCS 3 Approval of Grant
      • IMPACT-Professional Development Enhancement Grant Award, IMPACT III and IMPACT IV Six LEAs are receiving $80,936.13 in grant funds to be used for professional development budget to cover 1:1 Coaching from the Friday Institute for the high schools listed in the grant summary. Asheboro, Perquimans, Kannapolis, Thomasville, Asheville City, and Pamlico are the areas to receive grants.
    • TCS 4 Governor’s School Board of Governors The State Board is recommended to reappoint William Howard III (District 7) and Jane Austen Behan (District 1) to second three-year terms. The State Board is asked to recommend on additional appointment (local director of gifted programs) from district 6 for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2010.

    Update on Contracts

    Contracts over $25,000 – 31 contracts

    Contracts under $25,000 – 9 contracts

    Thursday, May 6, 2010

    State Board of Education Meeting, (9:00 AM) Dr. William Harrison, Chairman

    Call to Order

    Pledge of Allegiance: Mr. Tom Speed

    Approval of Minutes

    Special Presentation-Innovative Approaches to challenges in Today’s Urban Systems

    • Dr. Peter Gorman, Superintendent Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

    Award Presentation- North Carolina’s Milken Family Foundation National Education Award

    • Ms. Cynthia Rudolph, Biology Teacher Hopewell High School, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

    Presentation on the JOBS Report

    • Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton

    Special Presentation-Outgoing State Board of Education Advisors

    • Ms. Cindi Rigsbee, SBE Teacher of the Year Advisor
    • Mr. Vann Pennell, SBE Principal of the Year Advisor
    • Mr. Jack Hoke, SBE Superintendent Advisor

    Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

    • ACRE Update- Ms. Angela Quick
      • District and School Transformation Update-Dr. Pat Ashley-
      • Performance Navigator Update-Mr. Adam Levinson

    Information Agenda

    Healthy Responsible Students

    HRS 1 Allies Promoting Health and Academic Achievement North Carolina data showing a link between a student’s health status and academic achievement will be presented. In addition the joint efforts of health promotion and prevention work between DPI and DPH will be reviewed.

    Consent Agenda

    Globally Competitive Students

    GCS 5 State Hearing Review Officers The State Board of Education is asked to approve the State Hearing Review Officers at the June meeting.

    Business/Finance and Advocacy

    TCS 5 Pre-Approval of Financial And Business Services’ Policy Manuals The State Board is requested to approve the manuals, Public School Personnel State Salary Schedules and Manual, the Allotment Policy Manual, and the Benefits and Employment Policy Manual for Public School Employees.

    Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

    Action and Discussion Agenda

    Superintendent’s Report

    -Dr. June Atkinson:

    Chairman’s Remarks

    -Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

    • Legislative Update:

    2010 LEGISLATIVE SESSION MEMO #4

    The House Democrats returned to Raleigh to caucus at 6:00PM on Monday.  The Appropriations chairs met afterward to review the draft final version of their budget. The Senate did not return until Tuesday for Committee meetings. The Senate is focusing on passing bills, while the House spent the week completing their version of the budget.

    On Wednesday, the House met in full Appropriations at 9:00AM and began the meeting with an overview of the budget from Committee chairs. After they completed the review they began addressing (voting) on more than 60 amendments. Many of the amendments passed, some failed, some were ruled out–of-order and some others were pulled, possibly to return on the House floor on Thursday. They finally finished their work late in the afternoon and would read the bill in Wednesday and have it on the House floor for second reading, more amendments, and further debate, on Thursday.

    The major K-12 funding differences between the House and Senate include the following:

    • Central Office cut reduced in House.
    • Assistant Principal cut eliminated in House.
    • Instructional Support Personnel cut eliminated in House.
    • At-Risk Allotment eliminated in House.
    • Textbook Funding of $5 million in House.
    • NCCAT cut eliminated in House.
    • Minor additional small items added (i.e. kids voting, diversity commission) in House.
    • Dropout Grants eliminated in Senate.
    • Hand-held Technology devices funded in Senate.

    Overall the Public schools were cut 2.98 percent by the Senate and 3.93 percent by the House while Community Colleges were increased by 5.01 percent in Senate and 3.61 percent in the House and Universities were funded 0.37 percent in the Senate and cut 3.46 percent in the House. The funding cut to the Universities and the use of lottery funds to offset additional K-12 cuts are two of the major issues that will confront the budget chairs in the House and Senate as they work to resolve their differences. One other note is the House added another $20 million in funding to the Retirement System (total $40 million). This increased the Salary related contributions by employer percentage from 10.71 percent to 10.92 percent, with the 0.21 percent increase going to the retirement system.

    The other major issue in the House budget is the FMAP (Federal Medicaid allocation). Congress has not approved the funding to the States for this program. North Carolina was anticipating and has budgeted for $500 million in federal funding for the 2010-2011 session.  The budget writers are anticipating the federal government will approve this allocation prior to the completion of the work on the budget, however if they do not it is expected they will have some language in the budget or technical corrections bill to return to Raleigh to get the state budget back into balance. In other words they will need to find some or all of the missing $500 million in federal funds.

    On Thursday, the House heard the budget bill on second reading beginning at 10:00AM and took amendments (30) until late in the afternoon, when they passed the bill down party lines. Some of the amendments impacted the education budget. They included removing the Probationary Teachers provision, the Construction non-bid provision, and the transfer of funds from Geometry testing to instructional supplies in public schools. They also managed to pass several other amendments one in particular eliminated the state tests for Physical Science, U.S. History, and Civics and Economics, and transferred those funds to instructional supplies. One other major amendment provided funding to the Career and Technical Education program by adding $4,055,245 to their allotment. Representative Stam tried to run an amendment to provide tax credits to families who pay to send their child(ren) to private school, but the amendment was ruled out-of-order and despite his motion to suspend the rules (motion defeated), the amendment was not allowed to be heard.  The second reading vote was 62-55 with four Democrats voting against the budget as well as all the Republicans present and voting. They returned to the Chamber at 12:01AM on Friday to vote on third reading (63-49) and sent the budget bill back to the Senate for concurrence. The Senate will vote not to concur on Monday, next week, when they return, and then both bodies will appoint budget conferees to resolve the differences. The conferees are usually the chairs of the subcommittees and some additional subcommittee members.

    On Thursday, the Senate completed their debate on a bond bill for projects at the Universities, repair of state and Community College assets and investment in research and job training equipment for higher education. The debate on incurring indebtedness, without a vote of the people, was contentious. The continuing bond debt for NC poses future budget problems and raised the ire of the Republicans in the Senate. After much debate the Senate approved SB 1378 “Build North Carolina’s Future” and sent it to the House for consideration.

    The House and Senate budget conferees are expected to begin meeting early next week. Everyone remains optimistic they will complete their work before July 1, but one of the major differences in the education portion of the budget is the use of the lottery funds to minimize the cuts to public schools.

    Stay tuned for updates on the negotiations and the standing bills that will be moving out of committees quickly over the next few weeks, before they adjourn this short session.

    House Committees

    Education:

    HB 1669 Require Use EVAAS in Schools Favorable Report

    HB 1676 Substitute Teacher Unemployment Favorable Report

    HB 1725 School Support Divisions Changes Favorable Report

    HB 1777 Study Child Nutrition Program Favorable Report

    HB 1781 Study/Early Childhood Education and Care Favorable Report

    HB 1864 No High School Graduation Project Required Favorable Report

    Appropriations

    SB 897 Appropriations Act of 2010 Passed second and third reading and sent back to the Senate for Concurrence.

    House Floor

    SB 897 Appropriations Act of 2010 Passed second and third reading and sent back to the Senate for Concurrence.

    HB 1669 Require Use EVAAS in Schools Postponed to 6.8.10

    HB 1676 Substitute Teacher Unemployment Favorable Report

    HB 1725 School Support Divisions Changes Favorable Report

    HB 1777 Study Child Nutrition Program Favorable Report

    HB 1781 Study/Early Childhood Education and Care Favorable Report

    HB 1864 No High School Graduation Project Required Favorable Report

    Senate Committees

    Health

    HB 1707 SHP/Age-Out Dependents; Tobacco Use Testing Favorable Report

    Education

    HB 1140 Education Assistance for Minimum Wage Workers Favorable Report

    HB 1176 Reorganize Schools with High School Dropouts Favorable Report and re-referred to Appropriations.

    HB 1141 Task Force on Sports Injuries in Schools Favorable Report

    HB 1246 Four-year Cohort Graduation Rate Favorable Report

    HB 1248 Early Identification & Intervention for At-Risk Students Favorable Report as amended. The amendment only requires certification by the LEA to the State Board on requirements of the law.

    HB 1264 Cherokee School Board Terms Favorable Report

    SB 1359 Amend Highlands Scholarship Fund Favorable Report

    HB 636 School Calendar Changes for Inclement Weather Favorable Report to the proposed committee substitute that allows three counties to complete either 180 days or 1,000 hours in the school calendar for 2009-2010 only.

    Senate Floor

    HB 1707 SHP/Age-Out Dependents; Tobacco Use Testing Passed second and third reading.

    HB 1140 Education Assistance for Minimum Wage Workers Passed second and third reading.

    HB 1141 Task Force on Sports Injuries in Schools Passed second and third reading.

    HB 1246 Four-year Cohort Graduation Rate Passed second and third reading.

    HB 1248 Early Identification & Intervention for At-Risk Students Passed second reading.

    HB 1264 Cherokee School Board Terms Passed second reading.

    HB 636 School Calendar Changes for Inclement Weather PCS changes title to School Calendar Flexibility/Inclement Weather Passed second and third reading and sent back to the House.

    SB 1378 Build North Carolina’s Future Act Passed second and third reading.

    What’s Up Next Week

    HB 1753 School Bus Railroad Crossing exception

    HB 1782 Consolidated Report/Early Care& Education

    HB 1784 Consolidate Payments/Early Care and Education Provider

    HB 1884 Amend SEAA (State Education Assistance Authority) Board Membership

    HB 1757 Physical Education and Activity in Schools

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