Preview of October State Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday & Thursday, October 6, 7, 2010

The State Board of Education will meet on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 in committees.  They will begin with the Globally Competitive Students Committee, 21st Century Professionals Committee, and finish with the Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. On Thursday, they will meet to vote. Access to the SBE Executive Summaries and related documents are on the SBE website at the following link: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2010/10

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (10:00 AM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • GCS 1 Approval Five Indicators of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The State Board is requested to approve the major components of the new accountability model. The ACRE Assessment and Accountability Committee drafted a proposal for a new accountability model to address both K-8 and high school accountability. Components of the proposed model include student performance, value-added performance for teachers, schools and districts, long-term Longitudinal) growth, graduation rate, Future Ready Core and postsecondary readiness. The information, including the five indicators was not included in the documents.

Action on First Reading

  • GCS 2 Compliance Commission Recommendations for Field Testing and Special Studies Appeals for the 2010-2011 School Year The SBE is asked to approve the Compliance Commission’s recommendations regarding appeals to field testing for 2010-2011. Three schools requested appeals for field testing; Scotland County-Scotland County High School of Visual and Performing Arts, Wake County-Garner High School, Weldon City Schools-Weldon STEM High School. All three of these schools are involved in the Lexile Linking Test. The Compliance Commission has recommended denying all three appeals listed above. Staff recommends the SBE supporting Compliance Commission denials.
  • GCS 3 Future-Ready Occupational Course of Study: Course Title Changes and Proposed Extended Temporary Waiver of Paid Employment Graduation Requirement The State Board is requested to extend the waiver for the paid employment graduation requirement that was granted last year. Students in the Future-Ready Courses for OCS are required to complete 300 hours of supervised school-based vocational training, 240 hours of community-based vocational training, and 360 hours of competitive paid employment in an integrated employment setting. The students must be compensated for their employment above the Federal minimum hourly wage. The current economic conditions have made it difficult, if not impossible, for students to complete their employment requirements. If the employment requirement stays in place many students with disabilities will be denied a diploma. If granted, the waiver will allow students graduating in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 to substitute 360 hours of additional unpaid vocational training, unpaid internships, paid employment and community rehabilitation and volunteer and/or community service hours for the 360 hours of paid employment ( required). The recommendations with the waiver granted will now require a total of 900 hours of vocational training and/or employment to receive a NC diploma. LEAs will be required to maintain documentation of their efforts to assist students to secure paid employment through referrals to various organizations in the state. Evidence of the interagency collaboration and referrals shall be documented on the student’s transition component of their IEP.

Discussion

  • GCS 4 Future-Ready OCS: Proposed Change to Mathematics Graduation Requirement The State Board will discuss substitution of mathematics courses for Future-Ready OCS students. Students in this program must complete three mathematics courses. They are required to complete: OCS Introduction to Mathematics, OCS Algebra I, and OCS Financial Management. DPI recommends students participating in this course of study be allowed to substitute the mathematics course, Applied Mathematics II or the Career and Technical Education Course, Personal Finance, for OCS Financial Management. The Personal Finance Course aligns very closely with the OCS Course and both were developed using Blooms Taxonomy. The applied Mathematics II course, while not designed for students with disabilities, is helpful in teaching students practical application. This will assist students in completing their graduation requirements and will also make it easier for school systems to comply with federal requirements of having a highly qualified teacher in every core content class. This will be an Action item on November SBE agenda.
  • GCS 5 Textbook Evaluation Policies The State Board will review staff recommendations for changes to Textbook Policies GCS-H-000, GCS-H-002 and GCS-H-007. The revisions are primarily to streamline the language. The SBE will review the proposed policy changes. GCS-H-00 will be changed to require the schedule for the evaluation process to be included in the “Invitation to Submit Textbooks” document. GCS-H-002 will require the procedures for the regional textbook evaluation to be included in the “Invitation to Submit Textbooks” document. GCS-H-007 is revised as the “Textbook and Evaluation Adoption” policy. A copy of this policy will be available online with the posting listed at the beginning of this preview.

Healthy Responsible Students (11:50 AM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

  • HRS 1 Schools At Risk of Being Labeled Persistently Dangerous The State Board is requested to approve staff’s recommendation related to the three schools identified by policy as persistently dangerous. The schools are Wake County-Longview School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg-Metro School, and Union County-South Providence School. Each of these schools has reported 0.5 or more violent criminal offenses per 100 students during each of the two most recent school years. DPI is recommending the three schools be placed on probationary status and monitored by the Federal Program Monitoring Division for the 2010-2011 school year.

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:15 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Discussion

  • TCP 1 Revision of Board Policy to Reflect Changes in the Beginning Teacher Support Program The State Board is requested to discuss changes to the Board policy regarding beginning teacher support. Each LEA develops a program/plan for beginning teachers, which is approved, reviewed, and monitored. There are a series of changes to Policy TCP-A-004, including, but not limited to, the five-year formal review and an annual review process as recommended by the mentor task force. Other changes in the policy address the Professional Development Plan, working conditions for beginning teachers, local board plan approval, annual peer review and information on the five–year formal reporting requirements. A copy of the policy is available at the link listed in the first paragraph of this document.

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting (1:50 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 1 Approval of Grants The State board is requested to approve the following grants:
    • Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant- Five new projects totaling $1.45 million are requested for approval. These projects are associated with the following LEAs: Catawba Schools, Durham Schools, McDowell Schools (and 8 other counties), Rowan-Salisbury Schools, and Scotland Schools. Ten other school systems presented proposals for funding, but were not funded.
    • Education Jobs Fund (EduJobs) Program NC will likely receive $298,458,355 to retain existing employees, to recall or rehire employees, and to hire new employees to provide education and education related services. Any school based personnel may be charged to the grant. The Governor may hold 2 percent of the funds. The balance of $292,489,188 will be distributed to LEAs and will be available until September 30, 2012, though funds are to be used for 2010-2011 school year. The estimate allocation for each LEA can be found at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/fbs/arra/edujobs/educjobsallocation.xls
    • Race to the Top (RttT) Program Funds NC will receive an allocation of just over $399 million. The funds will be used to continue the implementation of the Governor’s Career and College, Ready, Set, Go! program. This includes: 1) recruiting and retaining quality teachers and administrators, 2) a comprehensive turnaround plan for low-performing schools, and 3) 21st Century technology for assessing students’ needs.
      • TCS 2 Excused Absences for Religious Observances The State Board is asked to make changes and modifications to the Schools Attendance and Student Accounting Manual to handle excused absences for religious reasons. Session law requires principals to authorize a minimum of two excused absences each academic year for religious observances required by a student’s faith or student’s parent’s faith. DPI is modifying the School Attendance and Student Accounting Manual and though the SBE may require a student’s parents to provide the principal written notice of the request for an excused absence prior to the religious observance, DPI is recommending the SBE not require prior notice by a parent.

Discussion

  • TCS 3 2011-2013 Biennial Budget Expansion Request The State Board is requested to discuss future budget needs and specific budget requests to build the SBE 2011-2013 Biennial Budget Request. Expansion budget request for 2011-2013 are due to OSBM on November 12, 2010. No information was included in the Board packet for this item.
  • TCS 4 Revisions to Benefits and employment Policy Manual 2010-11 for Public School Employees The State Board will discuss revisions to policy TCP-D-003. Changes are being made to the following sections: 1.1.9– Define “bona fide volunteer” 1.1.12 Clarify definition of immediate family for FMLA, 3.1.3 Coordinate FMLA changes for vacation leave, 4.1.2 Clarify when FMLA exigency leave applies for sick leave, 4.1.8 +10 Leave reinstatement change (63 months), 4.3.2 Clarify exhaust available leave under voluntary shared leave, 4.3.4 Non-family donation of sick leave under voluntary shared leave, 5.1.2 Track changes in statute under personal leave, 8.1.2-28 Track FMLA Regulations & NDAA, 14.1.2 -5 Track Changes in Statute for Probationary Teachers, 14.2.3-11 Add Media Specialist & use Career Status, 15.1.1 Track Changes to Statute School Calendar, 16.1 Legislation eliminated these provisions for retired teacher employment, 16.2.1-5 Track legislation & update data & numbering for employment of retirees. Action on these items will be taken at the November SBE meeting.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 17 contracts listed.

Contracts under $25,000 – 7 contracts listed.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

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

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance: Mr. John Tate

Approval of Minutes

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

Leadership Academy Initiative Update – Ms. Leslie Winner, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

  • NCVPS/LEO Update – Dr. Bryan Setser, Executive Director, NC Virtual Public School.

Information Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

Consent Agenda

  • GCS 6 Changes to the 2009-20010 ABCs/AYP Results The State Board is requested to approve changes to the 2009-2010 ABC’s/AYP Report. The proposed changes are for Grey Culbreth Middle in Chapel Hill-Carboro, from not met to met AYP, and Quality Education Academy Charter, from not met to met AYP. The ABC changes include: Community High School in Buncombe from NoRecognition to EXPected growth and Grey Culbreth from EXCellent High to HonorsSchoolofExcellence High, and Quality Education Academy from Unresolved to HonorsSchoolofExcellence High.
  • GCS 7 Report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee: Implementation of the ABC’s Statewide Consolidated Assistance Program The SBE reports annually by October 15th to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee on the continued implementation of the ABCs plan. The report contains 94 pages of data on ABCs in schools across the state. The report is contained in the State Board documents listed at the beginning of this preview.

Information Agenda

  • HRS 2 Care of Students with Diabetes Compliance Report The State Board is required to report all schools in compliance with the laws related to the Care of School Students with Diabetes. Four additional questions were added to the Annual School Health Survey this year. The report provided the following information: 100 percent of the LEAs reported on the survey and of those 91 percent offer generalized diabetes training, 85.5 percent had an IHP (Individual Health Plan) completed by the school nurse for students with diabetes, and 96.5 percent had a least two people intensively trained on diabetes care at each school where students with diabetes were enrolled. Charter Schools had only 49 percent participation with 42 percent offering generalized training to school staff, 64 percent had an IHP completed by a nurse for students with diabetes, and 89 percent of charter schools with one or more students had two persons intensively trained at the school, in diabetes care. Only half of the charter schools reported since the reporting request for them was new this year and they indicated they were unaware of the diabetes legislation and the reporting requirement. The School Health Nurse Consultants in the School Health Unit of the Division of Public Health are available to provide on-going consultation and technical assistance to any school with school health matters, including meeting the requirements of SB 738/911.

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Action and Discussion Agenda

Superintendent’s Report

  • Dr. June Atkinson:

Chairman’s Remarks

  • Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman
    • Race to the Top
    • Legislative Update

New Business

Old Business

Adjourn

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