Summary of 2010 Ratified Legislation: Senate Version

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SB 66 Comprehensive Arts Education Plan (=H 149) (Dorsett) An Act to provide a Comprehensive Arts Education Plan by appointing a task force.  The task force shall specifically consider policies to implement arts education in the public schools as defined in the existing Basic Education Program under G.S. 115C-81, to include (i) an arts requirement in grades K-5, (ii) availability of all four arts disciplines in grades 6-8, with students required to take at least one arts discipline each school year, and (iii) availability of electives in the arts at the high school level. The task force shall further consider a high school graduation requirement in the arts and the further development of the A+ Schools Program. The task force shall submit its recommendations, including any proposed legislation, to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee no later than December 1, 2010. Effective July 1, 2010.

SB 704 Reform Low Performing Schools (Glazier) Authorizes the State Board of Education to approve requests of local boards of education to reform continually low-performing schools as either a transformation model, restart model, turnaround model, or school closure model; to define transformation model as a school which increases teacher and school leader effectiveness, creates comprehensive instructional reform strategies, increases learning time, creates community-oriented schools, and provides operational flexibility and sustained support; to define restart model as allowing the school to operate under the same rules as a charter school or under the management of an educational management organization with no increase in the maximum number of charter schools as provided in G.S. 115C-238.29d(b); to define turnaround model as replacing the principal if the principal has been in that position for at least three years and rehiring no more than fifty percent of school staff, adopting a new school governance structure consistent with Article 8b of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes, and implementing an instructional program aligned with the standard course of study; to define school closure model as closing the school consistent with G.S. 115C-72 and enrolling the students in another higher-achieving school in the local school administrative unit consistent with Article 25 of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes; and to provide authorization to the State Board to adopt rules and procedures consistent with these defined models; and to implement these models with annual reporting to the State Board of Education from the local school administrative units. Chaptered S.L. 2010-1, May 27, 2010.

SB 897 Appropriations Act of 2010 (Dannelly) Modifies the current Operations and Capital Improvements Appropriations Act of 2009 and for other purposes. This bill was summarized in a budget spreadsheet and in a document entitled Budget Special Provisions, distributed previously. Effective July 1, 2010.

SB 900 Studies Act of 2010 (Rouzer) The Studies Act was summarized in a document entitled Technical Bills and Studies Bill document, distributed previously. It contains fourteen studies that are directly and indirectly related to public schools and education. Please see the bill or the summary document for the complete list. Effective when it becomes law.

SB 1119 Early Education Certification (=H 1783) (Blue) Requires all early care and education providers working in licensed child care centers or licensed family child care homes to obtain and maintain Early Educator Certification. Effective when it becomes law. 

SB 1151 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (=H 1775) (Purcell) Directs the Division of Social Services of the Department of Health and Human Services to examine ways to expand and enhance the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in North Carolina, as recommended by the Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity. Effective when it becomes law.

SB 1152 Study Child Nutrition Program (=H 1777) (Purcell) Authorizes the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee to direct the Program Evaluation Division to study indirect costs under Child Nutrition Programs.  Effective when it becomes law.

SB 1165 General Statutes Comm. Technical Corrections (Hartsell) The bill was summarized in the Technical Bills and Studies Bill Summary document, distributed previously. It contains two really technical changes to 115C public school law. Please see the bill or the summary for complete information. Effective when it becomes law.

SB 1198 Education Cabinet Est. STEM Priority (=H 1699) (Swindell) The Education Cabinet shall set as a priority an increase in the number of post-secondary credentials in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to support efforts to achieve that priority, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Joining Our Businesses and Schools (JOBS) Study Commission. Effective July 1, 2010.

SB 1199 Establish a Regional School Planning Commission (=H 1724) (Swindell) An act to create the agriscience and biotechnology regional school planning commission to develop and plan a regional school of agriscience and biotechnology. Effective when it becomes law.

SB 1201 Add’l Flex/ Coop. Innov. High School (=H 1719) (Swindell) Provides additional operating flexibility to Cooperative Innovative High Schools, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Joining Our Business and Schools (JOBS) Study Commission. Effective with the 2010-2011 school year.

SB 1202 Budget Technical Corrections (Swindell) The bill was summarized in the Technical Bills and Studies Bill Summary document distributed previously. There are five budget technical changes included in this bill that impact public schools directly and indirectly. Please see the bill or the summary for complete information. Effective July 1, 2010.

SB 1210 Increase Licensure Fees/Athletic Trainers (Hoyle) Authorizes the North Carolina Board of Athletic Trainer Examiners to increase licensure fees under the Athletic Trainers Licensing Act.  The fees are increased for issuance ($200), renewal ($75.00), and reinstatement ($100). Effective when it becomes law.

SB 1212 Local Gov’t Other Post-Employment Benefits (Clodfelter) Repeals the Local Government Other Post-employment Benefits (OPEB) Fund and to allow each unit of Local Government including local school administrative units to establish a separate OPEB Fund that may then be invested by the Department of State Treasurer. Effective July 1, 2010.

SB 1242 Clarifying Changes to General Statutes (Graham) The bill was summarized in the Technical Bills and Studies Bill Summary document, distributed previously. It does not include any changes directly impacting public schools. Public school statute changes become effective when it becomes law.

SB 1244 SBOE Members Ex Officio to Econ. Dev. Com. (=H 1826) (Swindell) Adds State Board of Education members as non-voting Ex Officio Members of the Commission for each of the seven economic development regions, and adds the Secretary of the Department of Cultural Resources as a non-voting Ex Officio Member of the Economic Development Board.  Effective when it becomes law.

SB 1246 Four Year Co-Hort Graduation Rate (=H 1877) (Davis) Directs the State Board of Education to develop a growth model for establishing short-term annual goals for improving the four-year cohort graduation rate and establishes a long-term goal of increasing the statewide four-year cohort graduation rate. The bill also allows military dependents whose parents are deployed to attend school before the age of five in North Carolina if eligible in the state where the child’s parent is permanently stationed.  Effective when it becomes law.

SB 1248 Early Identification and Intervention for At-Risk Students (=H 1875) (Davis) Local school administrative units shall identify students at risk of academic failure and not making progress toward graduation no later than the fourth grade, and provide personal education plans for those students. Requires local school administrative units to certify compliance annually to the State Board of Education, and to require the State Board of Education to periodically review data on the progress of identified students and report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. Effective when it becomes law.

SB 1251 State Health Plan/Treat Teachers Equitably (=H 1853) (Blue) An Act to grant the same health benefit coverage currently provided to other state employees to teachers who have worked a full school year but it will not provide non-contributory Health benefit coverage to former state employees who are provided non-contributory health benefit coverage by a subsequent employer. Health plan coverage will be provided to employees who have completed a contract term of employment of 10 or 11 months and whose employing unit is a local school administrative unit, and whose jobs are eliminated, because of a reduction, in the funds used to support the job or its responsibilities, provided the employees were covered by the Plan at the time of separation from service resulting from a job elimination. Effective May 1, 2010.

SB 1392 State Health Plans/Court Ordered Guardianships (=H 1991) (McKissick) Allows State employees to enroll children for which they are court-appointed guardians as dependents in the North Carolina State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees.  Dependent child also includes a child for which an employee is a court-appointed guardian, as long as the employee is legally responsible for the child’s maintenance and support. Effective July 1, 2010.

SJR 1462 Sine Die Adjournment Resolution A joint resolution setting the time for adjournment of the 2010 General Assembly and to convene the 2011 Regular Session of the General Assembly on January 26, 2011. Effective July 10, 2010.

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