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Summary of August State Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday & Thursday, August 4/5, 2010

The State Board of Education met on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 in committees.  They began with the Globally Competitive Students Committee, 21st Century Professionals Committee, Leadership and Innovation Committee, and they finish with the Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. On Thursday, they met to vote and hold a Press Conference on ABC’s/AYP results. Access to the SBE Executive Committee Summaries and documents are on the SBE website at the following link:

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2010/08

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (10:00 AM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • GCS 1 Approval of Providers for Supplemental Education Services for 2010-2011 APPROVED the providers for supplemental education services as recommended by DPI. Students attending schools in Title I School Improvement in the second year (third year of missing AYP targets) shall receive supplemental educational services provided with Title I funds. There were 99 applicants for providers. There were 75 recommended for approval. Of those 75, there were 48 For-Profits, 13 Non-Profits, 9 LEAs, and 5 other groups. There were 8 providers in District 3 (Wake) and 26 providers for all the Districts. A copy of the list is available upon request from my office.

Committee Meeting: Brief Discussion.

  • GCS 2 ABC’s/AYP Report for the 2009-2010 School Year (Presented on Thursday) APPROVED the report. The report is available electronically at http://abcs.ncpublicschools.org.

Board Meeting: In 2009-2010, 88 percent of NC schools who met or exceeded growth in the ABCs model. Nearly 40 percent of NC schools are in the top three performance tiers, while last year that number was only around 25 percent. Including the retest results this year for the first time increased the percentage of students counted as proficient. For example: Algebra II students who became proficient increased by 7.7 percent. Students in Grades 9-12 had a median increase as a result of retesting of 5.8 percent more students achieving proficiency, while elementary and middle school students had a median increase of 8.9 percent. Retest results were not included in the ABC growth calculations. It will take several years of data before the retest results can be included into the growth measures. Statewide fewer schools were classified as low-performing this year. Wake has one school listed as a priority school (Wilburn Elementary), but no low-performing schools. Please see the website, listed below, for more complete details of Wake County Schools. The graduation rate for high school students graduating in four years is 74.2 percent, while the five year rate is 74.7 percent. In reviewing the subgroups statewide, Asians had the highest rate with 85.2 percent, while limited English proficiency students had the lowest with 48.3 percent. Some other numbers included males at 69.6 percent and females at 78.9 percent, while economically disadvantaged were at 66.3 percent and students with disabilities were 57.5 percent. The complete list can be viewed at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/ under the Graduation Rates Highlights.

Discussion

  • GCS 3 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The SBE discussed 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. This item will continue to be a part of the SBE agenda until it is ready for Action.

Committee Discussion: Staff is recommending administering ACT and WorkKeys to all students as part of the new accountability model. The reasons they gave included: Sets the same standard for all students, gives all students options post-graduation, the results are usable and transportable, and avoids the possibility of tracking students. The rationale for using both tests is they have different uses and they use different content. It would cost $4.5 million for every 11th grader to take both tests. The possible ways to access the funds include legislative outreach, grant funding, and reallocation of existing resources. They also discussed the PSAT test, its cost of $2.69 per test, how many students are taking the test statewide, and could these funds be used to support paying for the other tests. The timeline for implementation of the tests calls for the model to be effective 2013-2014, but the tests could be phased-in. They could also phase-in the five-year graduation rate. They also discussed using Compass and Explorer in earlier grades. Board member Tate requested a complete list of all possible tests to be administered, what grade levels, what is the purpose of the tests, and the costs for the test. One member mentioned the possibility of this requirement being viewed as over testing. Next they discussed the Future-Ready Core policy. The staff is recommending the policy count the number and percent of students who meet the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence. The rationale for this recommendation includes; it is important to measure courses taken for achievement and graduation purposes, English, Social Studies and Science course taking requirements are part of the graduation rate, and finally the simplicity of the requirement. The final recommendation is based on the need to focus on formative assessments through the school year for the students instead of only using the end of the year assessments. Therefore, the recommendation is to update the Student Accountability polices and make the gateways a local decision and require the final grade to be 25 percent of the overall grade in 6-12 based on EOG and EOC assessments. The reason for this recommendation includes the following: Practitioners support the 25 percent policy, the gateways are not actually functioning as gates in many schools, and by eliminating the gateways this may actually reinforce the focus on performance throughout the year. The next phase of the work will involve simulations. They will begin with weighting and the use of the four quadrant model. The simulation results will be reported sometime the fall/winter of 2010. In addition they will begin getting formal feedback on the Draft Model during the 2010-2011 school year by using focus groups, having regional meetings and a structure survey. The power point presentation is available upon request from my office.

  • GCS 4 K-12 Arts Education and World Languages Essential Standards and Associated Policy Amendment  The State Board discussed the Essential Standards for K-12 Arts Education and “World Languages” and discussed updating GCS-F-009 to change the wording “Second Languages” to “World Languages” in the policy.  The Standards are on their final Draft 3.0 after having been through three previous revisions. These will be on the agenda for Action in September.  These Standards can be found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/phase2/.

Committee Meeting: Board members were positive about the new standards for Arts Education and World Languages. Staff noted that students will be able to take courses based on their previous education, experiences and academic performance and activities to apply to the course being taken in the arts. The new programs will provide much more rigor and individual instruction for the arts. The arts will have four separate courses of study: Dance, Music, Theater Arts, and Visual Arts.  The language standards require much more in depth study and the hope is students will gain more proficiency in the languages. The model is moving from Prerequisite to Proficiency. Examples of the standards for elementary and high school were provided. They are changing the policy to reflect the international reference of “World Languages.”They asked whether the language requirements for high school student should be revised.

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Discussion

  • TCP 1 Approval of Revisioned Teacher Education and School Executive Preparation Programs Moved to ACTION on First Reading In 2008 the State Board adopted a new program approval process, and as part of the process institutions of higher education were required to revision their teacher education and school executive programs to meet the new standards and to submit their proposals for their new programs. An initial list was approved in December 2009 and the State Board reviewed an updated list.

Committee Meeting: No further discussion.

  • TCP 2 State Evaluation Committee Teacher Education Program Approval Recommendations The State Board discussed the recommendations related to Montreat College and Peace College for program approval. They will vote in September.

Committee Meeting: No specific issues.

  • TCP 3 Rubric for Pre-Service Superintendent Programs In the revised program approval process it was determined that the seven-year on-site review cycle will be replaced with an annual review of evidence that candidates recommended for licensure meet the NC Superintendent Standards. McRel has developed an assessment instrument, which will be used to assess both the individuals and the superintendent preparation programs and is aligned with the new evaluation instrument for superintendents. A copy of the Rubric can be viewed online in the SBE meeting packet listed at the beginning of this document. Item will be voted on in September.

Committee Meeting: No further discussion.

  • TCP 4 Proposed Qualifying Score for Dual Licensure Health and Physical Education Praxis II Test The State Board discussed the requirements for dual licensure in health and physical education. The recommendation is in response to a provision approved by the Board to allow the Licensure Section to issue a health and physical education license to a physical education teacher who meets certain requirements (as determined by the Board). The licensure provision expires on June 30, 2012. The qualifying scale score of 149 on the Praxis Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge is recommended. This will be presented for Action in September and will become effective September 2012 upon approval.

Committee Meeting: This will be back for a vote in September.

  • TCP 5 Superintendent Licensure-Policy Language Change and Clarification REMOVED from the Agenda The State Board did not review Policy TCP-A-001 to clarify requirements to obtain a Superintendent’s license, and the requirements to serve as a Superintendent without having direct experience or certification as an educator. The revised policy is posted online and is available upon request from my office.

Leadership for Innovation Committee (2:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • LFI 1 Recommendations for Preliminary Approval of 2010 Charter School Applications APPROVED Union Independent School, for a preliminary charter. The State Board conducted interviews in July, with seven applicants who were chosen as finalists, for the one remaining charter school slot available. These were Bear Grass Charter School, Leadership Learning Academy, Piedmont IT Academy, Richard Milburn Academy (Wake), Spruce Pine Montessori, Union Independent School, and Water’s Edge Village Academy.

Board Meeting: The Board voted to approve Union. Bear Grass was the other charter school that received votes for approval, but did not have enough votes.

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

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 1 Approval of Grants: APPROVED GRANTS
    • 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants There are five grant recipients listed in Wake. They include: About Face II, CONCERT, J.T. Locke Resource Center, Inc., Kreepers and Krawlers Learning Center, and O.A.S.I.S Foundation, Inc.
    • Approval of Carl D. Perkins College Tech Prep Grant There are seven Tier I schools/consortia that were not funded previously and who are approved for funding in 2010-2013. In addition, there are 26 schools/consortia in Tier II recommended for funding in 2010-2013, who were funded in the past eight years. WCPSS is not included in any of these grants.
    • K-2 Reading Diagnostic Assessment Funds for Halifax County and Current Reading First Schools Transferring to Pilot The State Board approved the allocation of the Reading First funds to be transferred to Halifax and all the Reading First Schools who will become part of the reading pilot. There are seven elementary schools in Halifax that are part of the reading diagnostic pilot this year, using technology and assessment to track student progress. Two other elementary schools were Reading First Schools in Halifax and will become part of the reading pilot in 2010-2011. USED has given permission to use the Reading First funds to purchase the K-2 assessment system with technology that exists in the pilot schools and become part of the pilot. The funds may be used to purchase licenses, platforms, training and benchmarking kits. Every Reading First School was contacted and given the chance to be part of the pilot. The costs to extend the program in the Reading First Schools, who have decided to make the transition, including Halifax are $975,000.

Committee Meeting: The Board received an updated list of 21st Century Learning Centers that were funded in 2009-2010 and not recommended for funding in 2010-2011. There were no centers listed for Wake that were funded last year and not funded this year.

  • TCS 2 Legislation Requiring Immediate State Board Attention APPROVED Required Actions related to the State Budget and Legislation signed into law this year. The staff reviewed Senate Bill 897, Appropriations Act of 2010, including the special provisions and to act on these so funds may be redirected or used. SBE will also act to adopt rules for implementation of furloughs for public schools, and act to appoint a task force of members of DPI to create the Comprehensive Arts Education Development Plan for public schools. They reviewed the required Studies as outlined in House Bill 900 and the budget changes as authorized by the General Assembly, and the impact of those adjustments. Finally they will discuss a listing of non-budget bills ratified during the session that impact public schools. DPI is presenting clarification and rules for the Furlough legislation enacted in the State Budget. Recommendations are as follows: #1: Define Salary-Four specifications including the salary from all  funding sources and all positions worked shall be combined in determining annual salary, #2: Minimum Furlough-Not less than half a day, #3 Days Excluded from the Furlough: No employees can be furloughed on an instructional day in traditional calendar, #4 Definition of Bonus Pay-Defines as compensation over and above the amount of pay as a base salary or hourly rate of pay and is not based on performing additional work (if an administrator is compensated in the from other than salary, this shall not be considered bonus unless it is contingent on a performance measure, #4 Reporting Requirements-LEAs shall report within 10 days of local board approval of the furlough and no later than September 10, 2010.

Committee Meeting: The Board got into a lengthy debate over the decision made on which schools/LEAs to fund with the Child and Family Support Teams. The funding was cut 21.4 percent and had provided funding for a social worker and a school nurse in 100 schools. Of the remaining $9.2 million the SBE will allocate the reduction by eliminating funding to those schools it deems to be implementing the program ineffectively. Staff is recommending the elimination of one Child and Family Support Team from each of the following 21 LEAs. The list of LEAs being reduced is available upon request from my office, but does not include Wake. The Board also discussed the NCVPS funding formula and that they are projecting 46,000 students for 2010-2011 with revenues estimated at $20 million that will come from reducing the funding to the LEAs. They can only take 15 percent or $3 million to administer the program and that funding may not be sufficient. Many of the LEAs and specifically the Superintendent’s are concerned about the loss of their funding for NCVPS and using a projected number for funding the program rather than an actual number. The law restricted NCVPS course and disallowed those being taken in Physical Education. Staff presented information on 132 students who took courses in Healthful Living in the Spring of 2010 and told the Board they have notified those schools with students enrolled in these course for the Fall that NCVPS can no longer provide these courses. Staff reviewed over 16 pages of summarized legislative information for the board members. Several other key areas discussed including the Type I transfer of the Schools for the Deaf and Blind to DPI. This will occur over the next few weeks. This will add over 590 employees to the DPI workforce because of the teachers, administrators etc… involved in managing these schools as well as the fact that they must hire a Superintendent by October 1, 2010. Mr. Price was asked several times if this meant the SBE was the Board of these schools and that DPI will soon be their Central Office. I don’t believe the question was answered, but I do believe the answer is yes.  One of the last issues discussed was the furlough provision and the guidelines to be adopted by the SBE for implementation of the furloughs. According to staff Winston-Salem Forsyth is the only school system to submit a request to use furlough and that the furlough will be needed to cover $1.8 million of the discretionary reduction for 2010-2011. There are three LEAs to report, but Wake was not one of them. There was much discussion about the furlough and how the base pay guidelines were decided and were they fair to teachers. The Board also reviewed whether the possible 1 percent additional cut in January would allow LEAs to use the furloughs since they are applicable until June 30, 2011. Mr. Price was not sure about that flexibility, but had gotten word as many did about the US Senate moving to pass the funding ($343 million for NC) a portion of what is needed by NC and will not require the 1 percent cut to public schools in January. After a lengthy discussion about the language related to salaries, DPI provided an updated document containing the emergency rules governing furloughs of employees of local boards of education with minor changes. A copy of this document is available upon request from my office.  The Board was also updated on the Comprehensive Arts Education Plan task force, which they are to appoint. The list includes several people from Wake County: Barbara Greer (Discipline Representative-retired), Catherine Demcio (A+ Schools Teacher), Martin Lancaster (Former President of Community Colleges, and Genevieve Farmer (Wake Schools-retired). There are 24 members on the Task Force. A complete list is available upon request from my office.

  • TCS 3 Requests for Repayment Waivers of the National Board Certification Fee The appeals of 24 teachers who failed to complete the process were considered by the Appeals Panel and the Panel’s recommendations will be presented to the State Board for approval. One individual of the 24 was recommended for a waiver of the $2,500 and all other waiver requests are recommended for denial. Closed Session item.

Discussion

  • TCS 4 Membership for the State Advisory Council on Indian Education The State Board is requested to replace and approve an individual whose term, on the Advisory Council on Indian Education, expired in June 2010. This person, if approved shall serve for two years. The three current members of the Council are also recommended to serve a second term. Angela Lynch is the new member who is replacing an outgoing member. The three recommended for reappointment include; Audrey Hunt, Velina Ebert, and Teresa Jones.

Committee Discussion: No Further discussion.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 27 contracts totaling more than $7 million.

Contracts under $25,000 – 23 contracts totaling more than $270,000.

New Business

  • Update on Timeline for 2011-13 Biennial Budget
  • Intern Update-Presentation of Projects/Reports (presented at lunch)
    • The Evolution and use of Growth Models
    • An Introduction to Through-Course Assessment
    • The Effectiveness of State Assistance in Low-Performing High Schools
    • Evaluation Programs for North Carolina’s Gifted Children

Thursday, August 5, 2010

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

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance: Ms. Shirley Harris

Approval of Minutes

Special Recognition

  • Ms. Jennifer Facciolini, Sampson County Schools, 2011 NC AT&T Teacher of the Year
  • Ms. Jan King, Henderson County Schools, NC Wachovia Principal of the Year

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

  • ACRE Update- Dr. Angela Quick informed members that the resource instructional toolkits for teachers are being completed. Social Studies Revision 2.0 will be reviewed. The writing system implemented by the State is moving forward with focus on Grades 4 & 7; on-demand and content-specific writing prompts throughout the year. Audits are being conducted through the web.
  • CEDARS Update: Mr. Adam Levinson told the SBE that the unique ID system is fully operational and will cover the entire school year. Work is underway with the employment security system to link student UID system with their follow-up of NC employees.

Information Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

  • GCS 5 Field Testing and Special Studies for the 2010-2011 School Year DELAYED until September The State Board received information on the proposed field tests for 2010-2011. They include the following: NCEXTEND 2 EOGs-Math, Reading Science, NCEXTEND 2 EOCs-Math, English II, Biology, EOGs-Science (Grades 5 & 8), Enhanced Assessment Grant-Grade 7-Math, Algebra I,  American Diploma-Algebra II, EOCs-English II, Biology, US History, Civics & Economics, and Lexile Linking Study EOCs-Physical Science, English I, Algebra I, II, Civics & Econ., US History, Biology, LEP-Listening, Reading, Writing, NAEP/TIMSS Linking Study-Math, Science (Grades: 4 and 8).
  • GCS 6 Online Course as a Graduation Requirement REMOVED from the Agenda The State Board will hear information on a plan to require all entering ninth grade students in 2010-2011 to take a virtual on-line course to meet graduation requirements. North Carolina is the State with the second largest enrollment (33,699) in online courses, but does not have a policy requiring an online learning requirement.

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Action and Discussion Agenda

Superintendent’s Report

  • Dr. June Atkinson: Dr. Atkinson reported on NC Thomasville Primary School for their Gold Award earned through the healthier US School Challenge. The Superintendents held their quarterly meeting and reviewed NC FALCON, NC Virtual schools, Digital textbooks, State Budget and legislation and DPI initiative underway. A grant proposal was submitted to USED in collaboration with NC Communities in Schools. The title is “Back on Track, PR.” The grant is for $12.4 million over five years and provides graduation coaches for eight high schools.  DPI will have another reduction in force and the legislation requires 30 positions, 10 of which must be state-paid and all state-paid positions must be from Technology Services.

Chairman’s Remarks

  • Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman noted that The Race to the Top team is heading to Washington on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 to be interviewed. It is the same team that went in Round 1.

New Business

  • Approval of the 2011 SBE Meeting Schedule

Adjourn

Summary of 2010 Ratified Legislation: House Version


To view entire Bill click on Bill number or title.

HB 213 VSL Non-Family Sick Leave Donations (=S352) (Insko) Requires the adoption of rules and policies for the Voluntary Shared Leave Program that will permit the donation of sick leave to a non-family member recipient for state employees subject to the State Personnel Act and for public school employees, and requires the State Personnel Commission, the State Board of Education, and the State Board of Community Colleges to make an annual report on the Voluntary Shared Leave Program.  Effective January 1, 2011.

HB 357 School Absence for Religious Holidays (Bordsen) An act to direct the State Board of Education, the State Board of Community Colleges, and the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina to adopt rules or policies pertaining to religious holidays and the academic work missed because of the observance of those holidays and to direct public schools to instruct students on the significance of Memorial Day. Effective when it becomes law and applies to the 2010-2011 school year.

HB 593 Modify Good Cause Waivers (Luebke) An act to modify the school calendar law regarding waivers for good cause due to inclement weather or emergency conditions, and to limit the use of public funds by counties, municipalities, and local boards of education to endorse or oppose a referendum, election, or candidate for office. Effective when it becomes law and applies to the 2010-2011 school year.

HB 636 School Calendar Flexibility/Inclement Weather (Haire) Entitles certain local boards of education additional flexibility with regard to instructional time lost due to inclement weather. Effective when it becomes law and applies to 2009-2010 school year.

HB 901 Honors Courses in Healthful Living (Insko) Directs the State Board of Education to develop or identify academically rigorous honors-level courses in healthful living education that can be offered at the high school level. Effective June 28, 2010.

HB 961 Gov’t Ethics & Campaign Reform Act of 2010 (Glazier) An act that will in part strengthen transparency of government through increasing and clarifying accessibility to legislative records and other public records. Effective July 10, 2010.

HB 1292 Univ. Energy Savings/LEA Operational Leases (Harrison) Expand the use of operational leases by local boards of education. Effective July 1, 2010.

HB 1377 Safe Schools Act (Folwell) If a career employee has been recommended for dismissal under G.S. 115C-325(e)(1) and the employee chooses to resign without the written agreement of the superintendent, then: a. The superintendent shall report the matter to the State Board of Education, b. The employee shall be deemed to have consented to (i) the placement in the employee’s personnel file of the written notice of the superintendent’s intention to recommend dismissal and (ii) the release of the fact that the superintendent has reported this employee to the

State Board of Education to prospective employers, upon request. The provisions of G.S. 115C-321 shall not apply to the release of this particular information. c. The employee shall be deemed to have voluntarily surrendered his or her certificate pending an investigation by the State Board of Education in a determination whether or not to seek action against the employee’s certificate. This certificate surrender shall not exceed 45 days from the date of resignation. Provided further that the cessation of the certificate surrender shall not prevent the State Board of Education from taking any further action it deems appropriate. The State Board of Education shall initiate investigation within five working days of the written notice from the superintendent and shall make a final decision as to whether to revoke or suspend the employee’s certificate within 45 days from the date of resignation. Effective when it becomes law.

HB 1669 Require Use EVAAS in Schools (=S 1139) (McLawhorn) Requires school improvement teams to use EVAAS or a compatible and comparable system approved by the State Board of Education to collect diagnostic information on students and to use that information to improve student achievement. Effective when it becomes law.

HB 1676 Substitute Teacher Unemployment (=S 1143) (Fisher) Restores a balance to the law on unemployment compensation for substitute teachers as recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.  Effective June 28, 2010.

HB 1682 Ban Corporal Punishment for Children with Disabilities (=S 1138) (Glazier) Prohibits the use of corporal punishment on a student with a disability as defined in G.S. 115C-106.3(1) or section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 whose parent or guardian has stated in writing that corporal punishment shall not be administered on that student, and to require local Boards of Education to report occurrences of corporal punishment to the State Board of Education. Effective when it becomes law and applies to 2010-2011 school year.

HB 1683 Amend Sunset/Children with Disabilities (=S 1140) (Glazier) Delays the sunset of an act pertaining to the discipline and homebound instruction of students with disabilities as recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.  Effective June 28, 2010.

HB 1707 SHP/Age-Out Dependents; Tobacco Use Testing (Holliman) Allows a dependent child, enrolled in the North Carolina State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees (Plan) as of May 1, 2010, to remain on the Plan through the end of the month following the child’s 26th birthday, regardless of GS 135-45.2(d)(1) (requiring that the dependent child be a full-time student to qualify) provided that the child is not eligible for other employer-sponsored health benefit coverage; effective June 1, 2010, and repealed July 1, 2011. Directs the executive administrator of the Plan to consult with the Committee on Employee and Hospital Medical Benefits before implementing a plan to verify tobacco use by Plan members.  Session Law June 7, 2010.

HB 1726 Improve Child Care Nutrition/Activity Standards (Weiss) An act to require the Child Care Commission, in consultation with the Division of Child Development of the Department of Health and Human Services, to develop improved nutrition standards for child care facilities, to direct the Division of Child Development to study and recommend guidelines for increased levels of physical activity in child care facilities, and to direct the Division of Public Health to work with other entities to examine and make recommendations for improving nutrition standards in child care facilities. Effective when it becomes law.

HB 1757 Fitness Testing in Schools (=S 1296) (Insko) Directs the State Board of Education to develop guidelines for public schools to use evidence-based fitness testing for students statewide in grades kindergarten through eight, as recommended by the Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity.   Effective with the 2011-2012 school year.

HB 1829 Renewable Energy Incentives (Luebke) To provide a written allocation of the federal §179d tax deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings owned by a governmental entity. Effective when it becomes law.

HB 1864 No High School Graduation Project Required (=S 1253) (Cole) Removes the high school graduation project as a requirement for graduation. Amends GS 115C-81(b).  Effective July 1, 2010.

HB 1998 Reciprocity for ORP Service (Haire) Authorizes reciprocity for service in the Optional Retirement Program for members of the Teachers and State Employees Retirement System.   Effective July 1, 2010.

HB 1973 Various Economic Incentives (Owens) Encourage the use of multiple award schedule contracts by the Department of Administration, when issuing requests for proposals for state contracts. This is the final section of this bill. Effective when it becomes law.

HB 2054 Retirement Technical Corrections (Tucker) Makes technical corrections to the statutes governing the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System and the Local Government Employees’ Retirement System. The major changes address benefit options and who may be designated to receive them. Effective July 1, 2010.

HB 2066 Special Retirement Allowances (Bryant) At any time coincident with or following retirement, a member may make a one-time election to transfer any portion of the member’s eligible accumulated contributions, not including any Roth after-tax contributions and the earnings thereon, from the Supplemental Retirement Income Plan of North Carolina or the North Carolina Public Employee Deferred Compensation Plan to this Retirement System and receive, in addition to the member’s basic service, early or disability retirement allowance, a special retirement allowance, which shall be based upon the member’s transferred balance. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, a member may not transfer such amounts as will cause the member’s retirement allowance under the System to exceed the amount allowable under G.S. 135-18.7(b). The Board of Trustees may establish a minimum amount that must be transferred if a transfer is elected. In addition there are various other references to retirement benefits in this bill. The majority of the bill is effective January 1, 2011.

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

Preview of State Board of Education Agenda

May 5, 2010 and May 6, 2010

The State Board of Education’s May Meeting begins with the Committee meetings on Wednesday. They begin with Globally Competitive Student Committee, 21st Century Professionals Committee, Leadership and Innovation Committee, and end 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, March 31, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (9:30 AM)

Action and Discussion

  • GCS 1 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The State Board is requested to continue to discuss the components of the proposed model including: student performance, value-added performance for teachers, schools, and districts, long-term longitudinal growth, graduation rate, Future-Ready Core, and postsecondary readiness. There are decision-points related to each component that require discussion and input from the Board before adopting the new model. In addition, to the classification model, the Board intends to discuss the performance index numbers and growth index numbers. Consensus points include: 1) choice in post-secondary readiness, 2) Performance Composite continued, 3) Longitudinal Growth for LEA accountability 4) Graduation Project, 5) Five-year Cohort graduation model 6) Preference for 4-auadrant model for classification system 6) Revise Gateway System. Next Steps include the following: 1) Mechanism for additional SBE member input, 2) Finalize straw man of new model to gain formal feedback 3) Determine other ways to measure college readiness, 4) Run Simulations of the new model 6) Revisit semantics before roll-out 7) Teacher and Student working conditions survey, 8. Other data such as retention rates and who passed the test, as well as Algebra II data. This item will continue to be on the SBE agenda until the work is complete and the SBE is prepared to vote on final approval.
  • GCS 2 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. This item will be for Discussion in May and Action in June.
  • GCS 3 Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities 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.
  • GCS 4 State Hearing Review Officers The State Board is asked to approve three-year terms for the attached list of hearing Review Officers, who completed their certification training on March 8, 2010. The Hearing Officers terms will be from August 5, 2010 to August 5, 2013. The two individuals recommended for approval are Dr. Joe Walters from Western Carolina University and Dr. Betty Levey from Greenville

New Business

  • NC Falcon Formative Assessment Modules
  • Global/International Education Initiatives
    • Ø World Views (Robert Phay, Director),
    • Ø NC Center for International Understanding (Millie Ravenel, Executive Director) and,
    • Ø Visiting International Faculty (David Young, Chief Executive Officer).

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:45 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • TCP 1 Recommendations from the Advisory Board on Requests for Exception from Teacher Licensing Requirements Requests for exemptions for teachers to the licensure requirements and for prospective teachers who are not able to satisfy Praxis I cut scores will be evaluated by a panel chaired by a member of the Board. This is a closed session item.
  • TCP 2 Final Decision in Contested Case
  • Sandra Chesser v. NC DPI The State Board shall issue a final agency decision.

Discussion

  • TCP 3 Revision of Board Policy to Reflect Changes in the Provisional Licensing Requirements for Career and Technical Education Teachers The State Board will discuss revision 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 presented for Discussion in May and Action in June.
  • TCP 4 Proposed Standards for the evaluation of Speech–Language Pathologists New Standards for the evaluation for Speech-Language Pathologists are complete and are presented for Discussion this 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 5 Proposed Qualifying Scores for Regenerated Praxis II Exams  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 on Action agenda for June and will be effective with Fall of 2010.

Leadership for Innovation Committee (3:00 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • LFI 1 Recommendations for Preliminary Approval of 2010 Charter School Applications The State Board will discuss the recommendations of the charter school application review committee. The review committee has voted six applications for State Board consideration. There will be one opening for a preliminary charter at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. The list is as follows. Leadership Learning academy, Piedmont IT Academy, Richard Milburn Academy-Wake County, Spruce Pine Montessori, Union Independent School, Water’s Edge Village Academy. SBE will provide final approval of the charter school no later than March 2011.

New Business

  • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting (3:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCS 1 Membership-council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children The State Board is requested to approve the recommendations to fill the vacancies and reappoint Jill Scercy to a second term as a parent of a child with disabilities. The remaining recommendations are as follows: Vicki Simmons as Exceptional Children’s teacher, Melanie Hester as LEA representative, Stephen Brechbiel as vocational/community business representative.

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 2 Approval of Grants:
    • Exemplary Schools Awards for Reading First Grant Schools The State Board is asked to approve “Reading First” grants for schools during the 2010-2011 school year. For the first time the award will carry a $5,000 recognition grant and the school’s history a, growth, and trajectory of improved student achievement are part of the selection criteria instead of just proficiency. Wake does not have any schools being recommended for funding.
    • Education for Homeless Children and Youth Grant Awards for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) The McKinney-Vento Act seeks to ensure homeless children and youth are provided with a free and appropriate education and will have an equal opportunity to enroll and succeed in school. The total unallocated grant funds from 2008 are $668,190.95. The recommended allotments are as follows: 14 LEAs will receive funds for their initial proposals ($365,000 total); 96 charter schools will receive $750 each ($72,000 total) and the remaining 76 LEAs (who did not apply for a regular McKinney-Vento sub-grant or McKinney-Vento ARRA grant in 2009) will receive $3,041.98 each ($231,190 total). Wake is not listed as one of the 14 LEAs recommended for the immigrant funds nor is it one of the 76 remaining LEAs.
    • Education for Homeless Children and Youth Grant Awards for Charter Schools Each public charter school in NC is recommended to receive $750.00 to develop a Homeless Education plan.
    • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Awarded to NCDP from USDA NC was awarded USDA’s Fruit and vegetable Program for 2010-2011. The program will provide $2,707,078 to be distributed to 106 elementary schools throughout the State. A total of 134 applications were received. The amount distributed to each school is based on their student enrollment. The program will provide fresh fruits and vegetable snacks daily free of charge to students in the 106 elementary schools selected for the grant. Funds may also be used to purchase nutrition education resources for use in the classroom and cafeteria. All schools were eligible to apply. The selection priority was given to schools with 1) at least 50 % eligible for free/reduced meals 2) innovative implementation plan 3) at least one partnership with an entity that provides non-federal resources or purchasing, handling, promoting or distributing fresh fruits and vegetable and 4) committed team of school personnel including principals, teachers child nutrition personnel and parents. Wake had two schools selected: Aversboro Elementary and Knightdale Elementary.
  • TCS 3 LEA-Based Calendar Waivers for Weather Related Causes The State Board is requested to discuss policy TCS-V-000. The policy provides for the LEA-based calendar waivers and due to the timing of the data collection and the development of school calendars the approval for waivers is one year behind (does not apply to the next school year). The missed calendar days due to weather are not reported until May and June, which is typically too late for an LEA to get a calendar approved for the upcoming school year. The State Board approves weather-related calendar waivers in October for the next school year. As a result of the unusually harsh weather in the western part of the State several LEAs would like to modify their calendars for 2010-2011 even though they were not approved in October 2009, and they would qualify (Buncombe and Asheville City) for waivers in 2011-2012. The State Board is requested to review the policy to see if the current process is appropriate or if it needs to allow for exceptions.

Discussion

  • TCS 4 Revision to the School Attendance and Student Accounting Manual The State Board is asked to discuss 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.
  • TCS 5 Restructuring State Pre-Kindergarten Rates The General Assembly has required the Office of Early Learning to restructure State pre-kindergarten payment rates. The State Board of Education is requested to 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 I. 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.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 11 Proposals

Contracts under $25,000 – 8 Proposals

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

Recognition of outgoing SBE Student Advisor

  • Mr. TeDarryl Powell, Senior Student Advisor to the State Board of Education

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

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

Information Agenda

21st Century Professionals

  • TCP 6 2010 NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey-Survey findings will be provided at the meeting.

Leadership and Innovation

  • NCLB Enhancing Education Through Technology – IMPACT Evaluation Report NC DPI in partnership with the William and Ida Friday Institute conducted an in-depth evaluation of the IMPACT model school initiatives funded by NCLB Title II/D. The research represents ten years of the IMPACT Model school implementation, with approximately $42 million in federal funding.

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Superintendent’s Report

-Dr. June Atkinson:

  • Census 2010 Report

Chairman’s Remarks

-Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

  • Legislative Update:

New Business

Old Business

Adjourn

JOINT LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE: MEETING SUMMARY

April 27, 2010

Senator Foreist, presiding

Senator Foreist, Co-Chair

Representative Yongue, Co-Chair

Report to the 2010 Regular Session of the 2009 General Assembly:

1 – School Calendar: The Committee recommends amending the current calendar law to provide LEAs the flexibility needed to make up the missed days. The amended law will apply only to the 2009-2010 school year.

2 – School Transition: The Committee recommends that the State Board of Education consider for implementation the following suggestions to better prepare students academically to make the transition from middle school to high school:

  • Develop and adopt a vision for the middle grades to prepare more students for challenging high school studies,
  • Consider having a team of professional within the DPI, whose job is to bring focus to the middle grades, including a plan for transition to high school,
  • Make adolescent reading an immediate and sustained priority,
  • Better prepare students for Algebra I by eighth or ninth grade,
  • Support professional development of teachers and school principals, and
  • Build student aspirations for college, advanced training and careers by engaging them in exploration and planning for future career and educational opportunities.

3 – College and Career Readiness: The Committee strongly supports the ongoing efforts of the University of North Carolina, the Independent Colleges and Universities, the North Carolina Community College System, and the Department of Public Instruction to ensure all students are college and career-ready, without needing remediation, and recommends they continue their work in this area. The Committee also recommends modification of existing State Board policy to assign every high school student a career coach or graduation mentor and require students to work with this person to develop a career plan.

4 – School Leadership: The Committee strongly recommends that the State of North Carolina closely examine this NBPTS (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards) program and consider supporting, when funds become available, principals who are interested in participating in this professional development program.

5 – Positive Behavior Support Initiative: The Committee recommends the General Assembly consider expanding the Positive Behavior Support Initiative at a level that allows for statewide implementation when funds are available.

6 – Education Value-Added Assessment System: The Committee strongly recommends that school improvement teams use the EVAAS or a compatible/similar system to collect diagnostic information on students and use the data to help raise student achievement. The Committee further recommends the enactment of legislation to require school improvement teams to use EVAA, or a system that is compatible with EVAAS to analyze student data to identify problems and determine action to address those problems. Proposed Bill Drafted.

7 – Broadband Access: The Committee strongly recommends that the General Assembly will continue to improve broadband access for all public schools.Students with Disabilities: The Committee recommends the enactment of legislation to ban the use of corporal punishment on students with disabilities. Proposed Bill Drafted. Delay the Sunset of an Act Pertaining to Discipline and Homebound Instruction of Students with Disabilities. Sunset extended to 2013 what was House Bill 12. Proposed Bill Drafted.

8 – Funding and Language for personnel in the School Support Services Division of DPI: 115C-546.2 (a) Provides $2 million in funding from the Public Schools Corporate Tax dedicated to school construction (reversions). The additional $500,000 will be used to hire an electrical engineer and environmental engineer to manage issues in the public schools with green construction as well as other environmental issues (mold and mildew etc.) Proposal Bill Drafted.

9 – House Bill 348 School Board Members Required Education Credits: Last year this bill passed the House and got stalled and changed in the Senate Education Committee. The bill seeks to add a $50.00 per credit hour fine to each and every school board member who does not complete the legally required 12 hours of professional development annually. Only 45 of the 115 school boards have fully complied and 72 percent of the total membership. Enforcement of the law is needed and Representative Glazier requests the committee to support the passage of House Bill 348, as it was approved by the House, without any of the changes made in the Senate.

10 – House Bill 536 Athletic Trainers Study Bill: This bill was part of the 2009 Studies Act, but a Task Force was not appointed. The Committee recommends creating a Task Force to address this issue. The Task Force shall study issues relating to sports injuries for all sports at the middle school and high school levels focusing on prevention and treatment of injuries and prepare a final report prior to the opening of the 2011 General Assembly. Proposed Bill Drafted.

11 – Substitute Teacher Unemployment: An act to restore a balance to the law on unemployment compensation for substitute teachers. “No substitute teacher or other substitute school personnel shall be considered unemployed for days or weeks when not called to work unless the individual is or was employed as a full-time substitute during the period of time for which the individual is requesting benefits. For the purposes of this subsection, full-time substitute is defined as a substitute employee who works more than thirty hours a week on a continual basis for a period of six months.” Effective when it becomes law. Proposed Bill Drafted.

The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee approved the final report after some discussion the increased funding in the #9 recommendation and required fine included in the #10 proposal. Representative Fisher also raised concerns that the #8(a) recommendation needed some further revisions to limit which special education students would not be subject to corporal punishment. The Chairs reassured members these bills had a long way to go in the legislative process and changes could be made in any of the Committees where they may be calendared for discussion. The JLEOC voted to approve the recommendations.

Lottery Oversight Committee Meeting Summary

April 29, 2010

Dr. Coulter and Mr. Hall Co-Chair

Lottery Commission Quarterly Report: Tom Shaheen, Executive Director of the Lottery Commission presented an overview of the half of the budget year. Initially they had projected revenues of $368 million for 2009-2010 and from July 1 through December 31 they have increased their revenues and revised their budget for net gains proceeds of $419 million, which is $51 million more than the lottery budgeted.

Update on Governor’s Proposed Budget and other Net Lottery Revenue Issues: Charlie Perusse, State Budget Director, Office of State Budget and Management presented an overview of the budget for the lottery. As of March 31, 2010 they had transferred $333.0 million to the Education Fund and they are projecting they will reach $419 million by June 30, 2010. Last year the Session law eliminated transfers to the Lottery Reserve Fund for the 2009-2011. In addition, the Technical Corrections bill included language to allow any excess lottery revenues to be distributed on an ADM basis to the LEAs who did not qualify for funds under the existing law. This section of the statue distributes a portion of the PSBCF monies (35%) based on county effective tax rates as compared to state rates. Mr. Perusse proposed transferring $31.9 million to comply with the technical correction bill and the remaining $19.1 million of the excess revenues be transferred to the Lottery Reserve Fund (present balance in LR-$16.8 million). The Governor in her revised budget plan for Education made the following changes:

Teachers in Early Grades (Class Size Reduction)             $136 M

Prekindergarten Program                                                $84.6 M

Public School Building Capital Fund                                    $176.5 M

Scholarships for Needy Students                                    $44.1 M

Total Estimated Lottery Revenues 2010-2011            $441.3 M

There were many questions as new members were appointed to the Committee. They questioned the Reserve, how much the State spends on Class Size Reduction ($1 Billion), how much on Prek- More at Four program ($170 Million), and how excess revenues are to be expended based on original lottery law (first 5% of net revenues to the Lottery Reserve and the 50% to Construction and 50% to Scholarships). There were many more questions including supplanting funds and how do we compare to other states……

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