Summary of November State Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday & Thursday, November 3, 4, 2010

The State Board of Education met on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 in committees.  They began with the Globally Competitive Students Committee, 21st Century Professionals Committee, Leadership for Innovation Committee, and finish with the Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. On Thursday, they met to vote.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (10:00 AM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • GCS 1 Future-Ready OCS: Proposed Change to Mathematics Graduation Requirement The State Board APPROVED the recommendation that students participating in the FR-OCS be allowed to substitute the mathematics course, Applied Mathematics II or the career/technical education course, Personal Finance (7066) for OCS Financial Management. 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.

Committee Meeting: No further discussion.

  • GCS 2 Textbook Evaluation Policies The State Board APPROVED staff recommendations for changes to amend Textbook Policies GCS-H-000, GCS-H-002 and GCS-H-007. The revisions are primarily to streamline the language. The proposed policy changes are as follows; 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, and GCS-H-007 is revised as the “Textbook and Evaluation Adoption” policy. A copy of this policy will be available online in the Executive Summary link.

Committee Meeting: Brief overview, no further discussion.

Action on First Reading

  • GCS 3 2010-2011 Invitation to Submit Textbooks for English Language Arts for Evaluation and Adoption in North Carolina The State Board APPROVED the invitation for evaluation and adoption of textbooks. The invitation is for English/Language Arts and includes rules and regulations based on General Statutes, Administrative Code, and State Board Policy that govern the adoption process.

Committee Meeting Board member Tate asked about the efforts to move to more digital books. Staff is expecting digital proposals, but until all students have access to computers it makes it hard to convert to all digital. Staff indicated digital adoptions have occurred with Career and Technical courses, primarily.

Discussion

  • GCS 4 Credit Recovery The State Board reviewed the proposed amended policy Credit recovery has become increasingly difficult due to the expansion of courses and delivery methods. Credit recovery may be for full course recovery or partial recovery courses. Policy changes will be implemented for 2011-2012 school year. The policy has seven new defining and clarifying sections; 1) definition of the term “credit recovery,” refers to a block of instruction less than the entire Standard Course of Study which means  credit recovery delivers a subset of the actual course to address student deficiencies, 2) define “repeating a course for credit” will be used to refer to high school course repeated via any delivery method when the Standard Course of study for the course is being taught for a second time, 3) define “repeating a course of credit” will allow students to receive a grade and take the associated EOC. Students who have already made a Level III of IV may use the score as 25 percent of the final grade or retake the test. If the student retakes the test then the higher of the two scores will be used in calculating the final grade, 4) LEAs shall give a pass/fail for each credit recovery course and this will not impact a student’s GPA, 5) students who wish to modify their GPA may repeat the course for credit and not seek a credit recovery solution, 6) local boards may not limit the number of credit recovery courses taken by a student prior to graduation, 7) the EOC test associated with credit recovery shall be administered upon completion of the credit recovery course and no later than 30 calendar days. There is also a “Credit Recovery” briefing paper and a “Frequently Asked Questions” document. The documents are included in the Executive Summary link at the beginning of the preview.

Committee Meeting: Extensive discussion was held about the process for developing the policies under consideration. The purpose for the policy is get consistency across the LEAs with credit recovery since many different things are occurring in the field. Members discussed whether credit recovery should be allowed for course failings due to attendance problems. A question was raised about the NC High School Athletic Association’s position on the policy and credit recovery. Members were told they support the proposal. Board members had many questions including why LEAs do not participate in credit recovery. Is there a way to require LEAs to offer credit recovery? The SBE can set their policy to require LEAs to use the program. The difficulty arises with, making course schedules, the need for additional supervisory personnel for the program, and the fiscal impact for providing credit recovery (including the cost of the courses). Board members want to see it in all NC high schools, since it should improve the graduation rate. The graduation rate is an important issue for the success of high schools and their students and is part of NC education goals.

  • GCS 5 Blue Ribbon Task Force Report on Studying Impacts of Raising Compulsory Attendance Age State Board members reviewed the report required by the 2010 Session Law. The task force studied the impact of raising the compulsory attendance age to 17 or 18. Four questions were posed for a response. The report shall be submitted by November 15th to Joint Legislative Commission on Dropout Prevention and Graduation as well as the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. The complete report can be accessed by following the link to the Executive Summary listed above. Key Recommendations: 1) increasing the attendance age can only be successful if supplemental programs are in place targeting at-risk students, 2) a larger more comprehensive study should be conducted within the context of law enforcement and juvenile justice, 3) eight pilot programs should be  conducted, one in each region of the state giving the LEAs the flexibility to develop the pilot based on the unique needs of their student body and, 4) regardless of the whether the age is raised, consistent ongoing teacher training supplemental programs relevant to students and curriculum material are critical. The conclusion in the report states North Carolina needs to improve on successes of the past in providing students with skills and habits to meet and exceed graduation requirements. The system needs to improve by examining current practices and policies, hiring and retaining great teachers and leaders along with working with businesses and other agencies. A copy of the report is available in GCS5 at the link, noted at the beginning of the preview.

Committee Meeting: A Blue Ribbon Task Force was appointed and met two times to respond to the legislative study. The main recommendation was for another task force to be appointed and spend one year studying the overall impact (including fiscal) of this change. Twenty-six states have an age of 18 for attendance, 8 states have 17 years of age, and 24 states have 16 years of age. One issue raised was will increasing the attendance age increase the graduation rate and if you don’t change your practice for at-risk students they will just disrupt learning for everyone. Eight LEAs in Florida had pilots to increase the attendance age. Staff reported these were very successful. There appears to be grass roots support to increase the age. The task force recommended pilots in eight regions of the State. The report is due November 15th. Board member McDevitt said the lack of a clear recommendation to change the age was simply we “kicking the can down the street,” and the SBE needed to either phase-in the compulsory attendance age increase or require it on a date certain. Dr. Atkinson noted the cover letter with the report could indicate the board’s determination to move forward and increase the age for attendance. Dr. Harrison asked if the Blue Ribbon Task Force, could expand the group with people from NCASA, NCSBA, and NCAE, and finish their work in 6 months answering many of the questions left unsettled with the two Fall meetings. Chairman Harrison requested the Task Force review the states with higher age attendance requirements to determine whether raising the attendance age is effective in increasing the graduation rates and if there are any other issues to be addressed with this age change.

  • GCS 6 Senate Bill 66 Arts Education Task Force Recommendations The State Board  reviewed the report from the Arts Education Task Force that was appointed this year to address several issues. The issues considered were as follows; 1) policies to implement arts education in public schools including an art requirement in grades k-5, 2) availability of all four arts disciplines in grades 6-8, with students required to take one arts course in each school year, and 3) the availability of electives in the arts at the high school level. In addition, the Task Force shall look at a high school graduation requirement in the arts and further development of the A+ Schools Program.  Recommendations shall be submitted to JLEOC by December 1, 2010.

Committee Meeting: Dr. Garland discussed the report. They reviewed adding an arts course as a graduation requirement and looked at A+ schools expansion. They studied the information on arts education in elementary and middle schools. They plan to complete their report on December 1 to submit to the legislature. The report includes several recommendations: 1) implement K-5 arts instruction every year, 2) no consensus was reached on requiring an arts course for graduation from high school, 3) broaden the A+ schools program through a phase in approach, 4) expand arts exposure for all students and teachers using community resources. Other recommendations include staff development in the arts for all staff, accountability by creating incentives for schools to include arts education, funding resources should be identified, and arts integration personnel are needed at DPI and for the A+ schools.  Board members were told 75 percent of high school students already take a high school arts course, annually.

  • GCS 7 K-12 Social Studies Essential Standards The State Board discussed Version 2 of the Social Studies standards. The Standards are available for feedback though November 10th. They can be found at http://www.publicschools.org/acre/standards/phase2.

Committee Meeting: Staff presented an overview of the latest Social Studies curriculum draft. The National Council of Social Studies states: Social Studies is the “integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.” Over the past eighteen months staff and others have prepared this latest draft for the curriculum. A draft released earlier this year had major changes and was met with very negative responses from the community including the legislature. Literacy standards are embedded in the social studies program as well as character education, NAEP standards, and financial components. Extensive feedback was received before completion of this latest version. The instruction will begin in K-3 with establishing the foundation for Social Studies, 4th grade will be a study of North Carolina, 5th grade US History, 6th grade World Geography, History and Culture, Beginnings of society through the first Global Age, 7th grade Modern Civilization, Global Convergence through the present, 8th grade is NC and US History, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade will have two US History courses (Part 1 and 2), Civics and Economics, and World History. The plan is to require four History courses for graduation (presently there are only 3 courses required). The intent is to include new electives related to History: Psychology, Sociology, 21st Century Geography, The Cold War, Turning Points in American History, 20th Century Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, World Humanities Seminar, and American Humanities Seminar. As part of the accountability for the new curriculum they plan to use an essay test rather than the standard multiple choice. They are recommending a “documents-based” exam to test the student’s knowledge of early founding documents (Federalist Papers). They could have these exams ready as soon as 2012, and they would use teachers from other districts to grade the papers. This would address the concern about the multiple choice bubble tests that do not require critical thinking. Input is still being received on this draft through November 10th.

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:00 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCP 1 Revision of Board Policy to Reflect Changes in the Beginning Teacher Support Program The State Board APPROVED changes to the Board policy regarding the Beginning Teacher Support Program. Each LEA develops a program/plan for beginning teachers, which is approved by the local board, 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 changing the word Individual Growth Plan to the Professional Development Plan. Other changes include 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 Executive Summary link at the beginning of this preview.

Committee Meeting: The policy will provide needed changes and support for beginning teachers. Board members requested information on the number of teachers who complete three years of teaching, but fail to get their Professional 2 license.

Discussion

  • TCP 2 Recommendations from the Advisory Board on Requests for Exception from Teacher Licensing Requirements The State Board is requested to approve the actions related to each request. The panel recommendations are presented to the SBE in closed session.

Leadership For Innovation Committee Meeting (1:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • LFI 1 Final Decision in Contested Case
    • North Carolina Marine Sciences High School, Inc. (Cape Lookout) 10 EDC 1104 The State Board issued a final agency decision in the contested case. The State Board decided to non-renew the charter for Cape Lookout. The administrative law judge recommended renewing the charter for Cape Lookout through June 30, 2012. The respondent has filed exceptions. This is a closed session item.

Board Meeting: Move to amend the ALJ findings and reject their decision and reaffirm the SBE decision to close Cape Lookout due to excessive dropouts.

New Business

  • Technical Readiness for Online Assessment:
  • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report: Brian Setser presented on NCVPS and mobile learning. Mobile lessons for online courses was tested this fall. The SAT prep lesson was piloted. There is also a list through NCVPS of mobile course options.

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting (2:10 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCS 1 2011-2013 Biennial Budget Expansion Request The State Board APPROVED the expansion budget needs as listed. The expansion budget requests for 2011-2013 are due to OSBM on November 12, 2010. There is a list of nine expansion items: 1) $304,774,366-LEA Adjustment/Discretionary Reduction, 2) $19,722,637-Ready Set Go-Fund all 8th graders to take EXPLORE assessment, 10th graders to take PLAN, and 11th graders to take ACT. Also funding for “Boot Camp,” and alternate assessments, 3) $477,267-Restore Governor’s School funding, 4) $247,650-Web Services-fund the public schools website, 5) $173,421 Internal Audit-add two internal auditors, 6) $995,300 Learn and Earn High Schools, 7) $41,156-Technology Services Time Tracking, 8) $589,210 Update Wiring in education building, 9) $20,000,000-Healthy Student’s Initiative by supporting school lunch programs. The expansion items total $347,021,007. In calculating the 5, 10 and 15 percent cuts to public schools the amounts were included in the documents. The amount for 5 percent is $418,512,811, 10 percent is $837,025,621 and 15 percent is $1,255,538,432 and these figures do not include the $304 million of the discretionary cut. The cuts to DPI for the percentages are as follows: $2,164,334, $4,328,668, and $6,493,002. A complete copy of these documents is in the Executive Summary link.

Committee Meeting: Philip Price reviewed the budget issues for board members. School districts have a recurring $304 million annual reversion required. In 2010, the LEAs returned 3,200 teaching positions as well as principals, assistant principals, and instructional support personnel to meet this annual cut. Staff has taken the $304 million and added the requested 5 percent reduction for a total of $700 million equaling a 9 percent reduction. There was no recommendation on specifically where the cuts can be made for the upcoming budget session. If you remove all teachers from possible cuts more than 50 percent of the state public school fund is spent on teachers and this would only leave 50 percent of the budget for major cuts. Personnel will definitely be impacted to reach meet the potential cuts requested of 5, 10, and 15 percent. The State deficit could be as high as $3.6 billion next school year. The deficit includes the federal stimulus funds no longer available to the states, State taxes that expire, and over $400 million in non-recurring cuts placed back in the public school budget for 2010-2011, such as textbooks. At DPI every 5 percent cut will require cutting 25 jobs. All state agency cuts are due by Friday, November 5 to the state budget office. Questions were raised about the expansion items included in this item. The expansion items are listed above and the main question dealt with the “Boot Camp” funding and the name change of the program.

Board Meeting: Expansion items must be made in priority order by mid-November. The Board voted to approve the list as presented by staff without further discussion.

  • TCS 2 Revisions to Benefits and Employment Policy Manual 2010-11 for Public School Employees The State Board APPROVED 17 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 emergency leave applies for sick leave, 4.1.8 +10 Leave reinstatement change (63 months), 4.2.1 Extended Sick Leave-track license name (media coordinator), 4.3.2 Clarify exhaust available leave under voluntary shared leave, 4.3.4 Non-family donation of sick leave under voluntary shared leave, 4.3.7 Voluntary Shared Leave-Unused Leave returned to donors,  5.1.1 Personal Leave-Track license name (media coordinator), 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. A copy of these changes is available in the Executive Summary link in the opening paragraph under Section TCS 2.

Committee Meeting: Federal law, federal regulations, and state law changes have resulted in the necessary changes listed above. No further discussion.

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 3 Schools Selected from Applications for Reading Diagnostic Initiative The State Board APPROVED the list of schools that volunteered and were then chosen to participate in the Reading Diagnostic Program. There are 183 schools participating in Governor Perdues’ Reading Diagnostic Program. There were 27 pilot schools last year and 156 schools were added at the beginning of this year (73 Reading First Schools and 83 invited schools). Invitations were sent to superintendents and others to become part of the initiative. DPI received 368 applications and there is space for 200 more schools to join the program. The new schools will train in November /December and begin the first benchmark assessments in mid-January. A list of the schools is included in the Executive Summary with the link provided in the opening paragraph, Section TCS 3.

Committee Meeting: Staff reviewed the history of the schools who are in the program (information listed above). A new updated list was provided to Board member with a total of 238 schools to be added (38 more). There are more than 1500 elementary schools statewide who can participate in the program. They showed where the schools are in the counties and staff hopes to return next month with more schools depending on funding availability. Fifteen districts do not have any schools in the program. Some of these counties include: Wilkes, Davidson, Randolph, Jones, Johnston, Pender, and Buncombe. Chairman Harrison indicated most, if not all, of the LEAs already have programs they are using or have recently purchased technology and software.  Therefore they do not want to switch at this time. Chairman Harrison has sent word they have one year to show the value of their program before they will have to add schools from their LEA to the new reading diagnostic initiative.

Discussion

  • TCS 4 Reappointment or Replacement of Compliance Commission Members, Appointment of a New Chairperson, and Amendments to Policy TCS-B-00 The State Board discussed the recommendations for reappointments and for new members of the Compliance Commission as well as the amendments to policy TCS-B-00. David Jenkins, Martin County, reappointment, Cindy Goodman, Scotland County for reappointment, Heidi Von Dohlen, Buncombe County for reappointment, Wanda Bunch Business Representative for reappointment, replace Max Walser with Kelly Lynn Blain, Person County teacher, and Stewart Hobbs Jr. Stokes Superintendent as Chairman. Policy changes include; 1) Removing authority for Commission to deny appeals of schools that want a field testing exemption for a specific school year, 2) Commission shall meet annually and notification of meetings for State Board is no longer required, 3) Eliminate the absence rule which notes three consecutive absences shall constitute resignation of commission member.

Committee Meeting: Staff presented the names of the individuals listed above for the Compliance Commission and the change to the policy. There are four more names needed and the Board plans to approve all the commission members at their December meeting.

  • TCS 5 DHHS Transition Plan for Organizational Structure and Student Instructional Services at the Residential Schools The State Board reviewed the plans and provide recommendations for the final plan to be approved in December. Effective June 30, 2011, DPI will have responsibility for the total services, staff, programming and facilities at the three NC residential schools. The plan envisions four staff members to serve as the central office for the three schools and to oversee all activities at the schools. The plan must be submitted to several legislative committee of the General Assembly by December 1, 2010. The plan addresses a series of requirements set in Session Law 2010-31. The executive summary contains organizational charts and other documents detailing the plan to be considered by the State Board. This item will be on Action in December.

Committee Meeting: Staff began discussing the work to meet the state law requiring DPI to assume responsibility for the three residential schools in NC. They reviewed the process and all their work with DHHS previously and up to this point. Board members will need to approve the final plans in December. Staff discussed two different plans with respect to the schools. Plan 1 would leave the three schools to serve students as they currently do and then appoint a Human Rights Commission to deal with all grievances. Plan 2 would consolidate the three schools and locate all the students as space permits at the Governor Morehead School in Raleigh. The other two schools would be used as resource centers for the students and many of the students at those schools would likely stay in their districts and attend their local school and use the resource center as needed. Organization charts were shared with the Board. Board members discussed the recommendation to consolidate the school at the Governor Morehead School, while Wilson is the newest and largest school and Morganton was recently renovated. Staff indicated it was merely proximity to DPI. Ms. Watson discussed the academic issues with these schools and shared data on reading and math scores for students at the various schools. As an example some of the test scores in the residential schools compared with the scores of similar students in public schools were as much as 20 to 40 percentage points lower in the residential schools. The goal is to improve the scores by 10 percentage points next year. Dr. Ashley and the Transformation group has been asked to evaluate the schools because the scores are so low. The schools will be treated as low-performing schools. There are fifteen hospital schools who will continue to be supervised by DHHS, but DPI is coordinating on the academic aspects of the hospital facilities (i.e.  O’Berry, Whitaker, etc.). In addition, the organization charts are not changing except that each school will have a principal. The director has too many responsibilities running the residential facility to handle academics, and so the principal is needed to manage the student’s instructional program. The Board will also need to provide direction on Plan 1 or 2 with staff soon.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 25 contracts

Contracts under $25,000 – 15 contracts

Thursday, November 4, 2010

State Board of Education Meeting, (9:30 AM) Dr. William Harrison, Chairman

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance: Mr. Reginald Kenan

Approval of Minutes

Special Recognition-Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

  • 2009 Awardee in 7-12 Science
    • Ms. Judith Jones, Chapel Hill/Carboro Schools
  • 2009 Awardee in 7-12 Mathematics
    • Ms. Maria Hernandez, Math, NC School of Science in Mathematics
  • 2010 Finalists in K-6 Mathematics
    • Ms. Amanda Northrup, Haywood County Schools
    • Ms. Rebecca Pearce, Guilford County Schools
    • Ms. Penelope Shockley, Chapel Hill/Carboro
  • 2010 Finalists in K-6 Science
    • Ms. Zebetta King, Wake County Schools
    • Ms. Amanda McLean, Caldwell County Schools

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

Early Childhood Education Study (More At Four) – John Pruitt presented the results of the external evaluation of More at Four Program. Ten years of research in program is not complete. Seventy-five percent of the children being served in More at Four are below the poverty level. The majority of students in More at Four have never been served in any early childhood care setting. The latest study tracked the learning gains of students who started in More at Four through the third grade. Past evaluations have shown high quality pre-kindergarten and having highly qualified teachers in the classroom children show greater gains in knowledge. Learning growth is above average in literacy, language, math and social skills. Longitudinal studies have shown that the program has produced accelerated learning into Kindergarten. The question is “Do these effects persist years after they enter school?” The legislature wanted to find the impact of More at Four children in 3rd grade Reading and Math EOG (four years after the students were left the program). The evaluation indicated children had achieved statistically significant scores compared to similar economically disadvantaged children who were not served in More at Four. The data clearly shows the third grade test scores gap between poor children in the More at Four program and middle class children had significantly been closed by as much as 37 percentage points in Reading (2006-2007), 24 percent Reading (2007-2008) and 31 percent in Math (2006-2008). How do we maximize our investment in pre-K? Strengthen the public Pre-k program for our most vulnerable children. Efforts to align curriculum standards for K-3 and More at Four are critical going forward. The next step is to further evaluate learning growth and this report will be released in early 2011. Random assessment of students may be done in the future, but it has not been done nationally. This would be a significant study. Board members are concerned the charts and data are not clear and needs to be simplified for the legislature and other outside groups. Reading assessment changed and so they were separated, but Math was combined. Questions arose regarding the waiting list and who is eligible to apply for slots in the program. There is a rigorous methodology for admitting children, but there are still waiting lists for the program. Many children are not being served. Funding for the More at Four has been cut $10 million in recent years as well as major cuts to the Smart Start program. The results of the study need to be communicated clearly to members of the public to show the lasting gains for students who enter the More at Four program.

Career College Ready Set Go/Race to the Top Update – Mr. Adam Levinson said the Race to the Top website is being used in the LEAs. He presented an overview of the Race to the Top work. There are many aspects of the effort and they include: ACRE, District Transformation, Education Technology Cloud, and Professional Development Plan. There are two key deadlines: by November 8 each LEA and charter school will submit a detailed scope of work plan and the state scope of work will need to be submitted by November 22 to USED (US Education Department). Communication (website) is critical piece of work and needs to include everyone in education across the State. Twenty-three sessions were recently held to discuss completing the LEA plans across the State.  A presentation will be given to Joint Legislative Education Oversight next week. RTT is a four-year plan with possible modifications in the process as it goes along. Significant contracts will need to be completed to stay on schedule.  The Education Cloud Technology Initiative was presented by Peter Asmar. Key pieces of this project include: equity of access to systems, data tools, having a common platform, and the cost savings associated with shared technology. All LEAs are connected and so there are shared services, and the Cloud will be an opt-in to participate with the technology and software, which will ultimately save substantial funds. The Cloud creates capacity for the LEAs to access technology and programs without significant cost. IT Management, is an example of one program and LEAs can pick and choose different services (opt in process). LEAs only pay for the services they decide to use. Lt. Governor Dalton wants to see access for K-20 so more can be shared, with greater cost savings and efficiency. K-20 synergy is critical to saving funds and linking data. Funding could be provided through the State General Fund to add more software options. Lynn Johnson presented on the Professional Development Initiative. She will employ a system that helps teachers apply the new skills needed and deliver this assistance in a blended approach. The focus is to use the two-year work effort on common core and essential standards, including using the toolkits (NC FALCON) to train teachers and administrators. Formative and Summative Assessments are critical. There is a need to keep changing if it is not working and data will be the driving force for decision-making. Team teach, talk, and make changes. This will be a mindset shift and it must be systemic. Identify distinguished leaders, master principals to participate in regional (4) learning sessions. Staff is now focused on ramping up to hire people to get the work done over the next four years and when four years are gone the contracts for the work are over.

Performance Navigator Update – Mike Martin updated the members. Two things are the primary focus for 2010-2011, modifying what we measure and modifying the targets. The key will be measuring the Race to the Top targets. Some of these targets include the four-year cohort graduation rate, NAEP scores, percent of students scoring on AP exams, participation rates in AP courses, percent of graduates going on to post secondary education, ACT measure, and percent of freshman in one remedial course. Some of the new targets include the following: percent of students excelling on math and reading EOG/EOC (raise targets), low-performing schools, educator evaluation data. Raise the Grade 4 Math target 2.0 points up to 85 for 2010-2011. Grade 4 Reading is increased from 71.6 percent to 74.6 percent for 2010-2011. All the key targets are being increased for this school year. How do we measure low performing schools success?  The plan is to move from using the number of low performing schools to using the number of schools with performance composites below 60. It is important to measure of all of our efforts. Subsequently, the teacher evaluation data will be used to measure the validity and use of the tool with respect to student test scores and growth. The plan is to determine the degree to which the tool is being used effectively in evaluating teachers. Does the teacher evaluation instrument data link with student growth. One board member reminded staff not to leave teachers out who don’t administer EOCs or EOGs in their teaching. These teachers have no student test score data to use in validating their evaluation.

Information Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

  • GCS 8 Diagnostic Assessment Review for the 2009-2010 Reading and Math Pilots The State Board will receive information on the 13 schools involved in the Math pilots. The Math assessments used were Assessing Math concepts with Math Perspectives (K-1). The pilot schools were trained in the late Fall 2009 and teachers began benchmarking students with the mid-year assessments. End-of Year assessments were given in May. UNC Chapel Hill evaluated the reading pilot schools and a doctoral candidate evaluated the Math pilot schools. The reports are included in the Executive Summary, which is provided in the link at the beginning of this preview.

Board Meeting: Carolyn Guthrie presented on the pilots (2nd year) on how this program is critical to dropout prevention.  Reading (K,1, and 4) train the trainer to get pilots started. The pilots are centered around technology and how it helps to do these assessments. Formative assessments (used ongoing) are they better with technology?  Overall, the formative assessments got better throughout the school year. Devices prompt you to take action. Math teachers used the data to design math instruction like they do for reading. The data helped them do small centers and math groups. The children were not where they needed to be in the instructional program. It was apparent from using the diagnostic assessments that they need more interventions and diagnosis. Immediate results with technology are important to assist the teacher in understanding where the student is in understanding Math, but it is also important for the teacher to know what to do next. Teacher Academy is helping with this issue. At this time the diagnostic devices are being used with struggling students and they have not had time to work with any of the other students. Assessments are very objective and factual and it guides instruction. Concerns were raised about the time needed to do instruction for struggling children, by themselves in the classroom (no assistants). Time management is an issue. The technology is an issue when it didn’t work either the hardware or the software. Teachers are technology illiterate and they need help troubleshoot technical problems. They are asking for continued support from consultants. The Principal is also critical for the success of this program in providing support to teachers in scheduling and understanding the assessments. A question was raised regarding the fiscal note for expanding the program to all elementary schools across the state. The diagnostic tools including, training, technology-hardware, and software, is $25 million for K-3 statewide.   

  • GCS 9 American Diploma Project (SDP) Algebra II Results for Spring 2010 and Consortium Participation Discussion for 2011 The State Board is requested to provide guidance on the continued involvement of North Carolina in this initiative. Nine of the Consortium states participated in the Algebra II exam, including North Carolina. The test was administered to more than 40,000 students, nationally. A summary of NC’s Spring 2010 participation and 2011 plans will be reviewed. NC’s average scaled score in 2009 was 1,055 and in 2010, 1,058. This score indicates students are still in need of preparation of Algebra II. The overall Consortium score in 2009 was 1,032 and in 2010 1,024. NC had only 14-16 percent of students prepared and 4-5 percent well prepared, while the remaining 81-82 percent are still in need of preparation.

Board Meeting: Dr. Fabrizio said we can’t compare NC data except with Arkansas and Hawaii. NC had the highest mean score and the highest percentages of students prepared in the Consortium. This was the third year for NC and the question is should we continue, with such a weak comparison. Dr. Harrison said NC should continue for another year and expend the $100,000 to participate.

State Board of Career and Technical Education

  • GCS 10 Project Management Credential-New NC Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Initiative The State Board is requested to consider development of this credential in 2010-2011, pilot test 2011-2012, field test 2012-2013, Standard Course of Study 2012-2013, CTE Technical Attainment 2013-2014. North Carolina is a member of a 12-state Consortium in which each state will develop and exchange a series of four courses in an emerging career-focused field. The NC Series is Project Management (180 countries-Western Carolina and NC State and Community Colleges within specific courses). This will be offered through specific courses in NC. Students can earn the certified Associates Degree in Project Management and Microsoft Project software certificate. This will help the students in their post secondary education and careers.

Board Meeting: Rebecca Payne presented the various programs being developed by some of the other states. Develop a product, cost benefit plan, prototype and work within the course. Work with the schools and train them in project management.

21st Century Professionals

  • TCP 3 2010 Teacher Working Conditions Survey The TWC was conducted in March/April 2010. Further information about the findings from the survey was presented

Board Meeting: Carolyn McKinney attended each of the regional school board training sessions where she learned many local board members do not know about the Teacher Working Conditions Website or http://ncteachingconditions..org

Eric Hirsch reported working conditions do have an impact on student achievement. There is a clear correlation between working conditions and student achievement. Two findings (5th version) from the TWC show teacher leadership is important as well as facility resources. Managing student conduct and community support confirm this link and this is seen even in the highest performing schools. In the lowest performing schools only half agree that parents helping at the school impacts student success. Managing student conduct correlates very well with student success. Leadership support also correlates with student success in the best schools. There are specific questions where there are major differences in the answers to questions between the struggling and successful schools. In the latest review of the TWC it was learned that managing student conduct was the most important issue and significant issue in judging student achievement in the school. Working conditions showed higher achievement in the high schools than middle and elementary schools. Students are achieving at higher levels where student conduct is good and teachers feel safe, and safe school policies are in place. Check out the website for more information.

Consent Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

  • GCS 11 Title III AMAO Status Report for 2009-2010 The State Board APPROVED by consent a Summary Report of the LEAs receiving Title III funds to meet as series of AMAO (Annual Measurable Objectives) targets. The three objectives include: 1) percent of students who demonstrate progress in at least one of the subtests on the required state identified English Language proficiency test, 2) annual increase in the percentage of students identified as limited English proficient who attain proficiency on required state tests, 3) percent of student in the LEP subgroup meeting its AYP targets. LEAs that do not meet AMAO targets two years in a row will be required to develop a detailed improvement plan as required by NCLB. Twelve districts including most, if not all, of the largest urban districts have missed the AMAOs four consecutive years or more. Wake, Charlotte, Guilford, Forsyth, Durham, Buncombe, and Cumberland are part of the list of the LEAs who have missed targets four consecutive years. If the Title III subgrantee (LEAs) fail to meet AMAO targets four consecutive years, the State Board of Education shall require all Title III groups to modify the curriculum, program, or method of instruction. The complete list of LEAs who missed two, three and four consecutive years can be found in the Executive Summary link at the beginning of this preview.

Board Meeting: No Discussion.

Business/Finance and Advocacy

  • TCS 6 LEA-Wide Calendar Waiver Requests The State Board of Education APPROVED calendar waivers for 21 LEAs listed in the Executive Summary by consent. The majority of the Districts are from the western part of the state. The LEAs must meet the criteria of being closed two or more hours, eight or more days of school, in four of the last ten years. The law was modified slightly last year to assist several LEAs who had partial days due to snow. All of these LEAs are recommended for approval by consent.

Board Meeting: No Discussion.

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Action and Discussion Agenda

Superintendent’s Report

  • Dr. June Atkinson highlighted the graduation achievement award luncheon. Award presented to DPI from First Century Skills, to recognize work on NC FALCON.

Chairman’s Remarks

  • Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman read the Resolution on Hurst versus Hammocks Beach Corporation was read by the Chairman. In 1950, Dr. Sharpe deeded 810 acres of coastal property in Onslow County NC, known as “The Hammocks” to the nonprofit Hammocks Beach Corporation in trust for recreational and educational purposes for the use and benefit of the members of the NC Teachers Association. A jury has found that it is impossible to use the trust property and land for the purposes specified and is removing Hammocks Beach Corporation as trustee and appointing the NC State Board of Education as substitute trustee. The SBE voted to approve the Resolution and thereby accepting trusteeship of the property.
  • On another matter a letter has been sent regarding a GED plus recommendation from Hilda Pinnix Ragland whereby16-18 year-olds must take career skill course and SBE should endorse.

Adjourn

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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

Preview of State Board of Education Agenda

Wednesday & Thursday, August 4/5, 2010

The State Board of Education will meet on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 in committees.  They begin 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 meet to vote and to 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 The State Board is requested to approve 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.
  • GCS 2 ABC’s/AYP Report for the 2009-2010 School Year (Presented on Thursday) The Board is requested to approve the report. The report will be available electronically Thursday at http://abcs.ncpublicschools.org.

Discussion

  • GCS 3 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The SBE will discuss and provide further guidance to the Department on 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.
  • GCS 4 K-12 Arts Education and World Languages Essential Standards and Associated Policy Amendment  The State Board will discuss the Essential Standards for K-12 Arts Education and “World Languages” and are requested to update policy 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/.

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Discussion

  • TCP 1 Approval of Revisioned Teacher Education and School Executive Preparation Programs 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 will review for discussion, an updated list.
  • TCP 2 State Evaluation Committee Teacher Education Program Approval Recommendations The State Board will discuss the recommendations related to Montreat College and Peace College for program approval.
  • 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.
  • TCP 4 Proposed Qualifying Score for Dual Licensure Health and Physical Education Praxis II Test The State Board will discuss the requirement 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.
  • TCP 5 Superintendent Licensure-Policy Language Change and Clarification The State Board will 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 will be posted online prior to the Board meeting on August 4th. This item will be on the agenda for Action in September.

Leadership for Innovation Committee (2:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • LFI 1 Recommendations for Preliminary Approval of 2010 Charter School Applications The State Board is requested to choose one of the seven finalists 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, Spruce Pine Montessori, Union Independent School, and Water’s Edge Village Academy.

New Business

  • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report

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

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 1 Approval of 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 recommended 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 is asked to approve 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.
  • TCS 2 Legislation Requiring Immediate State Board Attention The State Board will review 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 will review 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.
    • 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.

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.

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- Ms. Angela Quick
    • CEDARS Update-Mr. Adam Levinson

Information Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

  • GCS 5 Field Testing and Special Studies for the 2010-2011 School Year The State Board will receive 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 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:

Chairman’s Remarks

  • Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman
    • Legislative Update

New Business

  • Approval of the 2011 SBE Meeting Schedule

Old Business

  • District and School Transformation Update-Dr. Pat Ashley

Adjourn

Immediately Following the SBE Meeting, a Press Conference will be held to announce the ABCs/AYP results for the 2009-2010 school year.

Summary of April State Board of Education Agenda

March 31 and April 1, 2010

The State Board of Education April Meeting met Wednesday and Thursday the Globally Competitive Student Committee, 21st Century Professionals Committee, Leadership and Innovation Committee, and Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. Access to the SBE Agenda and Executive Summaries as well as back up documents are on the SBE website at the following links: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2010/04

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (10:00 AM)

Action

  • GCS 1 Changes to Policy Providing Annual Performance Standards Under the ABC’s Model Approved the policy to reflect modifications to the ABC’s formulas for academic change. The Civics and Economics formula is revised to use eighth grade EOG reading and mathematics scores as alternate predictors whenever English I and Biology are not available. This change is intended to assist LEAs who scheduled Civics and Economics in the ninth grade in 2009-2010 and for those who do this in the future. Changes affected by the state’s use of a new English language proficiency test are also included in the requested policy change.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

Discussion

  • GCS 2 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model Discussed 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 discussed the performance index numbers and growth index numbers.

Committee Meeting: Staff presented for four hours on the new accountability model. The intent is to come to consensus on four items: 1) Indicators used in the model, 2) Assessments, 3) Growth and Performance for indexing, 4) Weighting of the indicators. Other topics to be discussed included: revised reporting requirements, Gateways and 25percnet of grading policy, ESEA reauthorization, timeline, formal feedback and next steps. What’s New and Better in the New Model: inclusion of post-secondary readiness measures, robust growth measures, increased academic course rigor (future-ready core), graduation rate replaces dropout rate, incorporation of index system, inclusion of LEA Accountability, revised reporting, revised student accountability system and alignment with ESEA reauthorization. The Growth Index and Performance Index will each have a separate formula. The Elementary and Middle School Indicators may include End-of-Grade and End-of-Course Assessments, where appropriate. Currently, they include Grades 3-8 Reading and Math as well as Science in Grades 5 & 8. Superintendents suggested Science growth be included in the model. The growth index only includes Reading and Math in Grades 4 through 8. High school indicators in Performance may include Student Achievement (End-of-Course assessments, Post-Secondary Readiness, may include National Assessments such as ACT, SAT, WorkKeys, Compass, and Accuplacer, Academic Course Rigor, may include participation in the Future Ready Core that includes Algebra II (Math BC) and finally the 5-year Cohort Graduation Rate (the Board appears to have reached consensus on including this item). High School Indicators for the Growth Index include; Student growth measured by a value added system, post-secondary readiness by changing the National Assessment to ACT, SAT, WorkKeys, Compass or Accuplacer, Academic Course Rigor by changing participation in the future-ready core by taking and scoring proficient in Algebra II (Math BC) and the Graduation Rate by reporting the change in the 5-year cohort graduation rate. There are critical decisions that need to be finalized. The Superintendent’s feedback on the Elementary and Secondary Indicators was presented next.  Forty-seven superintendents at the recent Superintendent’s Quarterly meeting completed a survey. Most of the Superintendents (that were there) agreed with the indicators included in the draft accountability model presented this month. There were several who wanted to expand the accountability into K-3 and to include science and social studies. Staff told the Board that they would be seeking feedback from teachers, administrators, education groups and others prior to finalizing the new accountability model recommendations. They also indicated the Superintendents who did not participate in the initial survey had until late April (? 25-27th) to respond. Board members asked about ESEA reauthorization and were advised it may be as early as August 2010, but probably not much before 2011. One issue discussed was to possibly require high school students to take the ACT, but for students who are not planning to attend college this may not be helpful. WorkKeys may be a more valuable assessment for these students. There are eight other states who use a nationally recognized post-secondary readiness test, five states administer the ACT to all public high school students and six states measure college and career readiness using a high school assessment developed in their state or by the ADP. NC could require ACT for all students, but the State would need to fund the test and the estimated cost would be $3 million. In some states corporations require job applicants to take the WorkKeys assessment to apply for a position. The post secondary assessments to be considered are the following: ACT, SAT, WorkKeys, Accuplacer, and Compass. ACT was discussed at length as an achievement assessment rather than some of the other tests listed. There are other diagnostic assessments available as a precursor to the ACT. These are Explore in 8th grade and Plan in 9th grade and taking the Compass assessment will also be a predictor for college and career ready. Accuplacer is a prescriptive indicator and can but used for placement. Governor Perdue’s initiative, Ready, Set, Go is a continuum of diagnostic assessments. The Governor’s plan is to provide formal intervention at the end of 11th grade through a Summer Boot Camp for students including NCVPS. Questions were raised about waiting until 11th grade to intervene. If all students were to take the Compass test it would require $600,000, and WorkKeys $1.5 Million. The discussion then turned to giving students an option on what test to take based on their future plans. This raised some issues with members as to whether students might be steered away from taking high stakes tests, the same thing that is happening with students taking high stakes courses. Members were asked whether the Board should maintain the Performance composite EOC and EOG assessments as the measure of school achievement. Student Growth: the current growth model will be replaced with the value-added system using EOC’s and EOG’s data. The LEA longitudinal growth will be done using a systematic reporting on Reading and Math scales.  A graph was provided of the reading measures. The University reading requirement was the highest, while the undergraduate admission to the military was the lowest. The State is moving to use value added data for student and LEA growth since it will allow more than two data points in calculating growth and there is talk that the Federal ESEA reauthorization may use a similar model to determine student growth. The future-ready core feedback from the Superintendents survey showed 47 percent agreed with the future-ready core as measured by Algebra II. There were some who felt that other subjects should be included. The Superintendents in the Northeast said only 70 percent of their students will pass Algebra II and questioned using this measure for future-ready. One recommendation for consideration by the Board is to calculate the percent of Algebra II (Math BC) completion and proficiency. The 5-year cohort graduation rate has been agreed to earlier by the State Board. Seventy-five percent of superintendents recommended equal weighting of the performance and growth models. Staff discussed providing bonus points for additional indicators such as the graduation project. They will work on simulations to ensure the contribution of bonus points is done to maintain the focus on achievement and growth. Weighting of the indicators for performance and growth was presented as 50 percent for student achievement, 15 percent for post-secondary readiness, 10 percent for future ready core participation and 25 percent for 5-year cohort graduation rate. These numbers were presented from the superintendent’s survey at the last quarterly meeting where only 47 Superintendents less than half) were in attendance. Ultimately, the State Board will have to decide on the percentages, but they are using feedback to set the stage. Suggestions for bonus points include the following: graduation project, AP courses, IB participation, credentialing programs, online courses, higher-level foreign language, concentrations, and attendance of teachers and students. This new model will improve reporting and the State Report Card. Next they reviewed the use of the Gateways in not promoting students. It appears that the implementation of the Gateways has not made a significant difference in the number of students who are being held back due to their EOG scores. The Superintendent’s voice on the Gateways was mixed with advocates to keep and to eliminate them. Eighty percent of Superintendents indicated the EOC policy using 25 percent for the final grade should remain, but there was no consensus on using 20 percent of EOGs for the final grade in K-8. DPI is recommending reducing the classification categories to four. The new model is expected to be fully operational with the 2013-2014 school year. They are also planning to delay implementation of the K-12 Math and Englis II standards for one year. Next steps will be legislative engagement, formal field feedback and cost estimates for implementation.

21st Century Professionals Committee Meeting (3:00PM)

  • 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 was a closed session item.

Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • LFI 1 Program Exemption Requests Under the Innovative Education Initiatives Act Approved the following program waivers under the Innovative Education Initiatives Act: Charlotte-Mecklenburg– e-Learning Academy has requested waivers from the calendar law, definition of a school, average daily membership, assignment and enrollment, course for credit and program operation. Hawthorne High School in CMS (High school students at-risk of dropping out of school before attaining a high school diploma) is requesting a waiver from the calendar law and exemption from a new school code; Gaston County-Bessemer City High School (Early College Program for high school at risk students) is requesting waivers for course credits for high school students taking college courses, age requirements for community college entrance, use college level courses to meet graduation requirements, allow calendar law waiver, allow students to attend school on Veteran’s Day, allow the early college to administer state EOC/VoCATS tests, allow college healthful living course to meet high school requirements.

Guilford County– T. Wingate Andrews High School, (Aviation Academy- High school students at-risk) is requesting waivers for the calendar law, substitute college level courses for high school courses for graduation, allow students to test out of high school course by taking and passing EOC, allow students to test out for required non-EOC course by final exams scores, allow NC principal certification to be waived.

Board staff recommends approval of five of the CMS requested waivers for e-learning Academy and both waivers for Hawthorne.  Of the Gaston and Guilford waiver requests none are being recommended except for the calendar law waiver.

Committee Meeting: Brief discussion with intent to approve the recommended waivers. Dr. Harrison noted that until there is sufficient State funding it will be hard to implement these new programs. These schools will not be getting a new number until funding by the State is provided. ESEA reauthorization may provide some funding, but it’s hard to know when those resources will be available.

Discussion

  • LFI 2 Grandfather Academy Charter Enrollment Issues The Board briefly reviewed the enrollment issues with Grandfather Academy. State law for charter schools clearly designates in statute the minimum number of students to be served (shall be at least 65), as well as the minimum number of teachers to be employed at the school. Grandfather Academy was given an exemption for minimum enrollment of 50 students in their charter. However, the enrollment at Grandfather has been consistently below their charter minimum. On January 26, 2010 they were requested by the Office of Charter Schools to present a plan for reaching or exceeding the 50 student minimum. In their response and request for a student served exemption, they indicated that the children who attend a school of the nature and purpose of Grandfather Academy must have individualized instruction and attention that cannot be fully realized in a larger setting. The Charter as it is presently written is effective until 2017. The Grandfather Academy has not submitted a plan, as requested by DPI, to reach their minimum enrollment requirement. DPI has not included a recommendation on this item.

March Committee Meeting: The school is currently facing financial issues and their enrollment has dropped to 19 students. The program is important to the students in the area served and Board members discussed why the numbers had gotten so low. The school already had the flexibility for student enrollment to be below the state minimum of 65, but through the past few years it has dropped so low they cannot possibly be financially viable with only $135,000 for next year. Grandfather Academy was originally a private residential school.

April Committee Meeting: Members were told the Academy continues to enroll only 17 students though they were funded for 42. If they do not increase their enrollment their continued ability to operate will be impossible. This was only a discussion item and they will watch the enrollment to see if it improves before making any recommendation to close them.

New Business

NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report reviewed the presentation that was made to the Joint Education Oversight Committee and noted the expanding enrollment and improved completion and pass rates for NCVPS. Additional resources will be needed if the numbers keep increasing.

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

Action-

  • TCS 1 Proposed SBE Policy Regarding LEA Rules and Regulations Related to Charter Transportation for School Related Events and Activities The Board Approved by Consent a new policy to ensure the safety of students who travel on school activity trips by requiring a written plan on file in the Superintendent’s office rules, regulations, and policies to assure the safety of students when contracting for services to provide transportation for students and school groups attending school-related events. The state policy requires each LEA to maintain a pre-approved list of contract motorcoach transportation providers. The Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NCSU has recommended this action in lieu of a statewide permit for motorcoach carriers. In view of the economic issues facing the LEAs it was determined and now agreed upon by the Motorcoach Association that the SBE policy is preferable to a statewide permit program. Notification was sent to all LEAs in May of 2009. The policy is effective on September 1, 2010 and LEAs must comply by that time.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

  • TCS 2 Proposed SBE Policy to Require School Bus Driver Certification for Activity Bus Drivers The Board Approved by Consent a new policy designed to improve student safety by requiring that new drivers of large school activity buses have received required training prior to transporting any students on school activity trips. Fifty–five of the 110 LEAs responded they already require large activity bus drivers to hold a school bus certificate. A school bus certificate requires six days of training, three days behind the wheel and three days of classroom instruction. DMV provides this instruction. They will also be required to obtain their CDL license by taking an examination once they have completed training. This will be presented for Action in April. The policy impacts NEW drivers effective July 1, 2010. Beginning July 1, 2015, newly certified CDL activity bus drivers would be required to receive school bus certification, as well. LEA’s will also be required to keep records on those individuals who were initially licensed before and after July 1, 2010.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

  • TCS 3 Proposed SBE Policy to Require Training for School Bus Inspectors The State Board Approved by Consent a new policy intended to improve student safety by ensuring that the individuals inspecting school buses and activity buses have completed training to educate them on proper school bus and activity bus inspection criteria and procedures. The policy will require school bus and activity bus inspectors to be trained prior to inspecting these vehicles. The effective date of the requirement is August 1, 2011. Initial training sessions for LEA staff are slated to begin July 2010.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion All three of these items, TCS 1, 2, 3 will be added to Consent Agenda for approval Thursday.

  • TCS 4 Tuition Fee for Non-public School Students in North Carolina Virtual Public School Approved the staff recommendation of Option 4. The State Board initially reviewed five options for tuition fees for non-public students to attend the North Carolina Virtual School. These include: Option1) $470 for year-long course, $420 for block and semester course, $270 for summer, $245 or $170 for SAT, Option 2) $750 for year-long course and $375 for semester, Option 3) $468 for year-long course, other courses equal to the teacher amount per student plus $50 (semester $400, summer $250, SAT $225 and $150), Option 4) The student cost paid to the teacher plus $100 ($500 for year-long, $450 for block and semester, $300 for summer, $275 or $200 for SAT) Option 5) The student cost paid to the teacher plus 17.1 percent, $468 for year-long, $410 for block and semester, $234 for summer, $205 or $118 for SAT. The average cost per student per course that DPI has paid to other states over the past few years is $544. The local board of education is required to charge tuition to non-public school students if they are requesting to take courses from NCVPS. The State Board of Education is required to establish the tuition for courses offered in the summer and the following school year by March annually. The State Board shall also identify the portion of the tuition to be retained by the local board of education for managing the collection of the tuition.

Staff recommends the following: The student cost paid to the teacher plus $100 ($500 for year long, $450 for block and semester, $300 for summer, $275 or $200 for SAT). The charge is based on the teacher amount per student. The additional $100 is based on the $73 average administration cost per student enrollment plus the additional cost to the LEA for enrolling the non-public student. NCVPS would keep $50 and the enrolling public school would get $50. These fees would partially off-set the cost of registering each student.

Committee Meeting: No further discussion.

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 5 Approval of Grants:
    • Education for Homeless Children and Youth Grant Awards
      Held Over until May 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.
    • 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs Approved awards totaling $6,721,579.  The 2009-2010 allotment policy for the 21st Century Learning Centers limits awards to grantees that are currently receiving awards so they can make summer programs available to all eligible applicants. The following grantees will receive awards of $50,000 or close to $50,000 in Wake: Aim Salient Learning Grove Church, ACE 21st CCLC Summer Sizzler, NC State University Junots Program, Time On for Learning0Kreepers and Krawlers Learning Center, J.T. Lock Summer Camp, SSSC Soaring Camp, ASP_CEC A Safe Place Child Enrichment Center, Compassionate Summer Institute (Raleigh), Real G.I.R.L.S. Inc., ASIS Foundation, and Wise Youth Summer Program.  Statewide there are approximately 142 programs slated to receive a portion of the funds.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

  • TCS 6 Revision to the Allotment Policy for 21st Century Community Learning Centers Summer Mini Grants Late Item Approved the policy change, which will allow the federal grants to be awarded to all eligible applicants. The 2009-2010 allotment policy for 21st Century Community Learning Centers limits summer program awards to grantees already receiving funds. In order to make summer program funds available to all eligible applicants the allotment policy is being revised.

Committee Meeting: No discussion.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 24 Proposals

Contracts under $25,000 – 11 Proposals

Thursday, April 1, 2010

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

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance:

Approval of Minutes

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

Performance Navigator – Mr. Adam Levinson

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

Resolution Honoring State Board of Education Member- in Memoriam

  • Ms. Kathy Arnold Taft

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Consent Agenda

Superintendent’s Report

-Dr. June Atkinson:

  • Career Ready Commission Report- Mr. John P. Metcalf, Senior Partner Strategic Community Planning, and Mr. Tom Haffner, President, P.T. International Corporation. The report is “A Crisis of Relevance.”  The report can be accessed at  the following web site:

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/statesuperintendent/office/commissions

Chairman’s Remarks

-Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

  • Legislative Update:

Preview of April State Board of Education Agenda

March 31 and April 1, 2010

The State Board of Education April Meeting will be held Wednesday and Thursday the Globally Competitive Student Committee, 21st Century Professionals Committee, Leadership and Innovation Committee, and Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. Access to the SBE Agenda and Executive Summaries as well as back up documents are on the SBE website at the following links: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2010/04

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (10:00 AM)

Action

  • GCS 1 Changes to Policy Providing Annual Performance Standards Under the ABC’s Model The policy is being revised to reflect modifications to the ABC’s formulas for academic change. The Civics and Economics formula is revised to use eighth grade EOG reading and mathematics scores as alternate predictors whenever English I and Biology are not available. This change is intended to assist LEAs who scheduled Civics and Economics in the ninth grade in 2009-2010 and for those who do this in the future. Changes affected by the state’s use of a new English language proficiency test are also included in the requested policy change.  
  • GCS 2 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model 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. 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.

21st Century Professionals Committee Meeting (3:00PM)

  • 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 will be a closed session item.

Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • LFI 1 Program Exemption Requests Under the Innovative Education Initiatives Act The following programs under the Innovative Education Initiatives Act: Charlotte-Mecklenburg– e-Learning Academy has requested waivers from the calendar law, definition of a school, average daily membership, assignment and enrollment, course for credit and program operation. Hawthorne High School in CMS (High school students at-risk of dropping out of school before attaining a high school diploma) is requesting a waiver from the calendar law and exemption from a new school code; Gaston County-Bessemer City High School (Early College Program for high school at risk students) is requesting waivers for course credits for high school students taking college courses, age requirements for community college entrance, use college level courses to meet graduation requirements, allow calendar law waiver, allow students to attend school on Veteran’s Day, allow the early college to administer state EOC/VoCATS tests, allow college healthful living course to meet high school requirements.  

Guilford County– T. Wingate Andrews High School, (Aviation Academy- High school students at-risk) is requesting waivers for the calendar law, substitute college level courses for high school courses for graduation, allow students to test out of high school course by taking and passing EOC, allow students to test out for required non-EOC course by final exams scores, allow NC principal certification to be waived.

Board staff recommends approval of five of the CMS requested waivers for e-learning Academy and both waivers for Hawthorne.  Of the Gaston and Guilford waiver requests none are being recommended except for the calendar law waiver.

Discussion

  • LFI 2 Grandfather Academy Charter Enrollment Issues The Board reviewed the enrollment issues with Grandfather Academy. State law for charter schools clearly designates in statute the minimum number of students to be served (shall be at least 65), as well as the minimum number of teachers to be employed at the school. Grandfather Academy was given an exemption for minimum enrollment of 50 students in their charter. However, the enrollment at Grandfather has been consistently below their charter minimum. On January 26, 2010 they were requested by the Office of Charter Schools to present a plan for reaching or exceeding the 50 student minimum. In their response and request for a student served exemption, they indicated that the children who attend a school of the nature and purpose of Grandfather Academy must have individualized instruction and attention that cannot be fully realized in a larger setting. The Charter as it is presently written is effective until 2017. The Grandfather Academy has not submitted a plan, as requested by DPI, to reach their minimum enrollment requirement. DPI has not included a recommendation on this item.

March Committee Meeting: The school is currently facing financial issues and their enrollment has dropped to 19 students. The program is important to the students in the area served and Board members discussed why the numbers had gotten so low. The school already had the flexibility for student enrollment to be below the state minimum of 65, but through the past few years it has dropped so low they cannot possibly be financially viable with only $135,000 for next year. Grandfather Academy was originally a private residential school.

New Business

NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report

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

Action

  • TCS 1 Proposed SBE Policy Regarding LEA Rules and Regulations Related to Charter Transportation for School Related Events and Activities The Board discussed a new policy to ensure the safety of students who travel on school activity trips by requiring a written plan on file in the Superintendent’s office rules, regulations, and policies to assure the safety of students when contracting for services to provide transportation for students and school groups attending school-related events. The state policy requires each LEA to maintain a pre-approved list of contract motorcoach transportation providers. The Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NCSU has recommended this action in lieu of a statewide permit for motorcoach carriers. In view of the economic issues facing the LEAs it was determined and now agreed upon by the Motorcoach Association that the SBE policy is preferable to a statewide permit program. Notification was sent to all LEAs in May of 2009. The policy is effective on September 1, 2010 and LEAs must comply by that time.
  • TCS 2 Proposed SBE Policy to Require School Bus Driver Certification for Activity Bus Drivers The Board discussed a new policy designed to improve student safety by requiring that new drivers of large school activity buses have received required training prior to transporting any students on school activity trips. Fifty–five of the 110 LEAs responded they already require large activity bus drivers to hold a school bus certificate. A school bus certificate requires six days of training, three days behind the wheel and three days of classroom instruction. DMV provides this instruction. They will also be required to obtain their CDL license by taking an examination once they have completed training. This will be presented for Action in April. The policy impacts NEW drivers effective July 1, 2010. Beginning July 1, 2015, newly certified CDL activity bus drivers would be required to receive school bus certification, as well. LEA’s will also be required to keep records on those individuals who were initially licensed before and after July 1, 2010.
  • TCS 3 Proposed SBE Policy to Require Training for School Bus Inspectors The State Board reviewed a new policy intended to improve student safety by ensuring that the individuals inspecting school buses and activity buses have completed training to educate them on proper school bus and activity bus inspection criteria and procedures. The policy will require school bus and activity bus inspectors to be trained prior to inspecting these vehicles. The effective date of the requirement is August 1, 2011. Initial training sessions for LEA staff are slated to begin July 2010.
  • TCS 4 Tuition Fee for Non-public School Students in North Carolina Virtual Public School The State Board reviewed five options for tuition fees for non-public students to attend the North Carolina Virtual School. These include: Option1) $470 for year-long course, $420 for block and semester course, $270 for summer, $245 or $170 for SAT, Option 2) $750 for year-long course and $375 for semester, Option 3) $468 for year-long course, other courses equal to the teacher amount per student plus $50 (semester $400, summer $250, SAT $225 and $150), Option 4) The student cost paid to the teacher plus $100 ($500 for year-long, $450 for block and semester, $300 for summer, $275 or $200 for SAT) Option 5) The student cost paid to the teacher plus 17.1 percent, $468 for year-long, $410 for block and semester, $234 for summer, $205 or $118 for SAT. The average cost per student per course that DPI has paid to other states over the past few years is $544. The local board of education is required to charge tuition to non-public school students if they are requesting to take courses from NCVPS. The State Board of Education is required to establish the tuition for courses offered in the summer and the following school year by March annually. The State Board shall also identify the portion of the tuition to be retained by the local board of education for managing the collection of the tuition.

Staff is recommending the State Board approve the following: The student cost paid to the teacher plus $100 ($500 for year long, $450 for block and semester, $300 for summer, $275 or $200 for SAT). The charge is based on the teacher amount per student. The additional $100 is based on the $73 average administration cost per student enrollment plus the additional cost to the LEA for enrolling the non-public student. NCVPS would keep $50 and the enrolling public school would get $50. These fees would partially off-set the cost of registering each student.

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 5 Approval of Grants
    • Education for Homeless Children and Youth Grant Awards
      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.
    • 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs The grantees will receive awards totaling $6,721,579.  The 2009-2010 allotment policy for the 21st Century Learning Centers limits awards to grantees that are currently receiving awards so they can make summer programs available to all eligible applicants. The following grantees will receive awards of $50,000 or close to $50,000 in Wake: Aim Salient Learning Grove Church, ACE 21st CCLC Summer Sizzler, NC State University Junots Program, Time On for Learning0Kreepers and Krawlers Learning Center, J.T. Lock Summer Camp, SSSC Soaring Camp, ASP_CEC A Safe Place Child Enrichment Center, Compassionate Summer Institute (Raleigh), Real G.I.R.L.S. Inc., ASIS Foundation, and Wise Youth Summer Program.  Statewide there are approximately 142 programs slated to receive a portion of the funds.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 24 Proposals

Contracts under $25,000 – 11 Proposals

Adjourn

Thursday, April 1, 2010

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

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance:

Approval of Minutes

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

Performance Navigator – Mr. Adam Levinson

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

Resolution Honoring State Board of Education Member- in Memoriam

  • Ms. Kathy Arnold Taft

Information Agenda

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Consent Agenda

Superintendent’s Report

-Dr. June Atkinson:

  • Career Ready Commission Report- Mr. John P. Metcalf, Senior Partner Strategic Community Planning, and Mr. Tom Haffner, President, P.T. International Corporation

Chairman’s Remarks

-Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

  • Legislative Update:

Preview of January State Board of Education Agenda

January 6 and 7, 2010

All of the State Board of Education Committees will meet on Wednesday, January 6: Globally Competitive Students, the 21st Century Professionals Committee, the Leadership for Innovation Committee, and the Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. On Thursday, January 7, the State Board of Education will meet at 9:00 AM.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (10:00 AM)

Action

  • GCS 1 Changes to NC’s NCLB Consolidated Application Accountability Workbook The State Board is requested to approve the amendments to the NC Accountability Workbook pending USED approval. The changes include: 1) First retest results on end-of-course assessments in the calculations of ABC s Performance Composites and for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) where appropriate, 2) References to “Intermediate High” on the state’s English language proficiency test changed to Level 4.0 expanding on the state’s English language placement test, 3) North Carolina’s checklist of Academic Standards (NCCLAS) removed from the testing program per decision of the USED and the peer review process, 4) Cohort Graduation Rate improvement indicators will be adjusted. The State Board has already agreed to a 5-year cohort graduation rate, but they need to provide additional information to USED prior to adoption of this change. The graduation rate language in the workbook is as follows: Progress will be defined as at least TBD ( to be determined) percentage point increase from one year to the next (up to a threshold of TBD) for the 4-year cohort graduation rate or at least TBD percentage point increase from one year to the next (up to a threshold of TBD) for the 5-year cohort graduation rate. The following changes listed above are incorporated into the accountability workbook, which is available: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/stateboard/meetings/2010/01/gcs/01gcs.pdf.
  • GCS 2 2009-2010 Title III Addendum to the NCLB Consolidated State Plan The State Board is recommended to approve the Title III addendum to the NCLB Consolidated State Plan. NC is required to submit revisions to their assessment and accountability systems based on final interpretations of Title III rules sent to Chief State School Officers in late October this year. Final amendments affecting Title III assessment are due no later than January 15, 2010. The addendum contains changes to the workbook in the following areas: Performance Goal #2, Standards, Assessments and Accountability by identifying the languages in the population and administering assessments, State Board adoption of WIDA (World Class Instructional Design and Assessment) Standards, status of the State’s efforts to establish standards and annual measurable objectives in developing English proficiency, Limited English Proficiency Program Activities for parent involvement, and Information on how the State will hold LEAs accountable for meeting annual measurable objectives for limited English proficient children. The English Language Proficiency targets for students making progress in at least one subtest (reading, writing, speaking or listening) are listed at 70 for 2009-2010. The addendum does not contain a percentage target for the number of limited English proficient students for the 2009-2010 year (the chart says TBD).

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/stateboard/meetings/2010/01/gcs/01gcs.pdf

Discussion

  • GCS 3 K-12 Science Essential Standards The State Board will discuss the essential standards for K-12 Science as presented by staff.  They will be presented by content area and grade level with clarifying objectives. The Science Essential Standards may be found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards The presentation in January will include changes to Version 3.0, in what will be called Version 4.0. Version 4.0 will be posted in January, but is not in the SBE book for January nor on the website. Copies may be available when the Board meets next week and will be posted after the Board meeting.

December Committee Meeting: Dr. Cindy Williams presented an overview of the new standards and outlined some of the concepts developed for the PreK-12 curriculum that they have worked on over the past eighteen months. She talked about the input from the field in developing the standards. There were three main areas of concern from the stakeholders; Inquiry, Rigor, and Content Placement. Beverly Vance addressed each of these areas. She also told members they are moving Physical Science down into the lower grades as part of the new standards.

  • GCS 4 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The Board continues to discuss the new accountability model. Components of the proposed model include student performance, value-added performance for teachers, schools and districts, long-term growth, graduation rate, Future-Ready Core, and postsecondary readiness. A worksheet enumerates several issues for consideration: Exploration and planning for other widely used assessments, like ACT, SAT, WorkKeys or Accuplacer. The Committee has discussed the desire to use a national test(s) as a measure of post-secondary readiness. Included in this worksheet is a series of questions: 1) Will we continue to have and use the gateways? 2) Do we need a model that can make a single “up or down” decision for an LEA? 3) How should we balance the components in the model? 4) Are there other components in the model that should be added? 5) What set of additional incentives could be put in place to support school improvement and student achievement? 6) Extra points for increasing number of Level IV students? This item will be before the State Board for discussion through April 2010 with Action to be taken in May 2010.  Emerging Point; Consensus from October meeting included the use of assessments like ACT/SAT WorkKeys and Accuplacer for measuring postsecondary readiness.  There were no other points of consensus. Some of the issues to be discussed this month include: Review existing tests and determine if they are the right tests, Longitudinal growth model, Value-added models (EVAAS) Graduation Rate (5-year cohort), Future-Ready Core Participation, Postsecondary Readiness, Consequences (classification of schools), Incentives. Other questions to be answered include: Will we continue gateways? Do we need to develop a model that can make a single “up or down” decision? How should we balance the components of the model, primarily in high schools? Are there other components in the model to be added (i.e. attendance etc.)? What set of additional incentives could be put in place to support school improvement and student achievement? Extra points may be given for increasing the number of Level IV students?

New Business:

  • Update on Writing Instructional System
  • Impact of Student Mobility on Student Achievement in Urban Areas

Healthy Responsible Students Committee

New Business:

  • NC Institute of Medicine Task Force Recommendations Involving Education Entities
  • 21st Century Professionals Committee (12:45 PM)
  • Action and Discussion Agenda:

Action:

  • TCP 1 Mentor Standards and Training The State Board is requested to approve the Revised Standards for Mentor Programs, Revised Standards for Mentors, and a System of Accountability and Support to enhance induction quality for beginning teachers in NC.  A Mentor Task Force has been meeting and recommends these new standards and training for mentors. They will present 4 recommendations: 1) Revise Standards for Beginning Teacher Support Programs, 2) Develop Standards for Mentors that clearly articulate How they can assist Beginning Teachers in Meeting North Carolina’s Professional Teaching Standards, 3) Revise Mentor Program Accountability and Support Policies to include a Five-Year Formula Review and an Annual Peer Review Process, 4) Create and Coordinate Mentor Support Opportunities to ensure all LEAs and mentors are prepared to provide high quality support to all beginning teachers in North Carolina.

December Committee Meeting: Eric Hirsch presented on the work of his task force in developing the new standards. There was no indication of where the funds would come from to implement these new teacher mentor standards. The state budget had a $2 million cut from the teacher mentor program this year, which was already short of funding.

  • TCP 2 Accrual CEUs for Retired Teachers The State Board is asked to approve the CEU (Continuing Education Unit) credits to be given to retired teachers who have reached their maximum earning capacity as defined by the North Carolina Retirement System.  In an effort to improve conditions for retired teachers and encourage them to stay or go back into the classroom they will be able to earn 1 CEU credit for the year they taught or were employed as a retiree. The language is as follows: “When a retired teacher returns to active teaching or employment in North Carolina public schools and works up to his or her maximum earning capacity as defined by the North Carolina Retirement System for that school year, he or she will be granted 1 CEU of renewal credit for that year’s service.
  • TCP 3 Adding Teaching Areas Based on 24 Semester Hours of Coursework The State Board is asked to approve a policy that allows teachers to apply to the DPI Licensure Section to add teaching areas to their license upon completion of 24 semester hours of coursework earning a C or better in the subject area(s). This is providing a pathway for Exceptional Children’s teachers to gain licensure in the content areas where they may be teaching.

Action on First Reading:

  • TCP 4 Recommendations from the Advisory Board on Requests for Exception from Teacher Licensing Requirements The State Board will hear recommendations from the appeals panel reviewing requests for exceptions from the teacher licensing requirements, in closed session.
  • TCP 5 Final Decision in Contested Cases:
    • Sandra P. Chesser v. State Board of Education
    • Frederick P. Moore v. State Board of Education, Dept of Public Instruction

The administrative law judge upheld the agency’s action with respect to each of the above contested cases. The State Board is requested to issue a final decision in each of the above cases.

Discussion:

  • TCP 6 Crediting Experience for NCVPS Teachers Currently Ineligible for Experience Credit The State Board will discuss a policy change allowing teachers who teach in the virtual school program to earn teaching experience credit for their work. The new language is being added to SBE policy, TCP-A-006 to specify how experience credit is earned for NCVPS teachers who are not now eligible for such credit. Both NCVPS teachers and college teachers must teacher a minimum of six semester hours per term or semester to qualify for half-time credit and a minimum of twelve semester hours per term semester for full-time experience credit. The policy changes will be presented for Action in January and become effective with Board approval.
  • TCP 7 Removal of Barriers to Lateral Entry Into Teaching The State Board will discuss the recommendations of DPI staff to the legislative request in the 2009 budget, to review lateral entry policy and remove barriers to lateral entry. The DPI team is recommending that the pedagogy coursework be modified to align with the new Professional Teaching Standards, thereby reducing the current required pedagogy course work from nine courses to five courses. The five courses are listed: 1) Planning, 2) Diverse Learners, 3) Instructional Methods, 4) Classroom Management, 5) Ability to Impact Student Learning. In addition to these changes the DPI team recommends that DPI contract with an online vendor to create online courses for the Planning course, Meeting Special Learning needs; Exceptionalities; Diversity course and Instructional Methods course to offer lateral entry teachers more options. The classroom management/organizing the classroom to maximize learning requirement and the ability to Impact Student Learning would be signed off on by the respective LEAs. The proposal will be back for Action in February. It will become effective for lateral entry teachers hired beginning with 2010-2011 school year.

Leadership for Innovation Committee

Action on First Reading:

  • LFI 1 Enrollment Increase Requests Above 10% and Charter School Grade Expansion The State Board is recommended to approve requests for charter school grade and enrollment expansions. If a charter school wants to increase its enrollment more than 10 percent or change their grade span, they must request approval from the State Board. Franklin Academy in Wake County has requested an enrollment increase of 254 students (1625-total). Their current maximum enrollment is 1333. The staff is recommending approval of their request. Casa Esperanza in Wake County is requesting to increase their grades from K-6 to K-8 and staff is recommending approval. There are nine other schools requesting enrollment or grade expansion from other counties including Durham and Johnston. Staff is recommending approval of the 11 charter school requests.

Discussion:

  • LFI 2 Renewal Recommendations for Charter Schools with Charters Expiring June 2010 The State Board will discuss renewal of charter school charters for two schools. The following schools are requesting renewal of their charters; Cape Lookout Marine Science High School and The Academy of Moore County. The Office of Charter Schools provided Cape Lookout Marine Academy with a two-year renewal due to their low performance composite. Presently the school is out-of-compliance with their mission, which was marine science. They are serving low-performing students like an alternative school. In addition, they are continuously losing students (425-over the last five years-averaging 85 a year with an enrollment total of 124). The Office of charter Schools is not recommending renewal of the charter for Cape Lookout. The Academy of Moore County was given a three-year renewal in 2007. They have made improvements in academics and their facility. Based on the changes they have implemented the Office of Charter Schools is recommending a three-year renewal for The Academy of Moore County.

New Business:

  • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Update
  • Revision of the Charter School Renewal Policy/Process

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting

Action:

  • TCS 1 Approval of Grants
  • Reading First Educational Grant to Lenoir County The State Board is requested to approve a DPI recommendation to provide $80,000 of Reading First funds to employ a K-3 reading coach for Northeast School in Lenoir County.

Discussion:

  • CS 2 2010-2011 Supplemental Budget Supplemental budget requests must be sent to the Governor’s office by February 2010. The Board will be given a list of budget reductions that were implemented this year and how they are impacting school districts. The Race To the Top guidelines will also be presented along with a traditional list of initiatives that the SBE has decided are underfunded or in need of more resources as well as any new budget requests.

Update on Contracts:

  • Contracts over $25,000 – 16 Proposals
  • Contracts under $25,000 – 9 Proposals

Issues Session (3:15 PM)

  • Review of the Race to the Top Proposal

Thursday, January 7, 2010

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

  • Call to Order
  • Pledge of Allegiance: Wayne McDevitt
  • Approval of Minutes

Special Recognition:

  • Dr. George Litton, Chairman, Cleveland County Board of Education Winner of the NCSBA ` 2009-2010 Raleigh Dingman Award

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

  • ACRE Update: Ms. Angela Quick
  • District and School Transformation Update: Dr. Pat Ashley
  • CEDARS Update: Mr. Adam Levinson

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Consent Agenda

Globally Competitive Students Committee

  • GCS 5 Report to Governor and JLEOC on Plan for Restructuring ABC’s Accountability System In 2009 the General Assembly authorized the SBE to develop a plan to restructure the ABC’s. The SBE will need authorization in 2010 by the General Assembly to implement a new plan. The report provides information on the current status of the ACRE project. It addresses the various indicators being reviewed including student performance, student growth, post-secondary readiness, graduation rates and academic course rigor. The use of these indicators will be determined for one or more of the following areas: reporting, rewards and sanctions, and targeting assistance. The issues to be decided include: incentive awards, sanctions for schools and LEAs, and the definition of low-performing schools.

Superintendent’s Report

-Dr. June Atkinson

Chairman’s Remarks

-Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

Legislative Update

New Business

Old Business

Adjourn

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