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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 2010 Ratified Legislation: House Version


To view entire Bill click on Bill number or title.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FINAL 2010 LEGISLATIVE SESSION MEMO

The House and Senate returned on Tuesday, July 6th after the long July 4th holiday weekend. Things began in a flurry as the Democrats and Republicans in both the House and Senate caucused at various times during the day. The Senate recessed at least twice to caucus on amendments to HB 1973, Economic Incentives. The General Statutes Technical (really technical) bill moved out of both chambers (the same) and as of Wednesday we were still waiting to see the budget technical bill, clarifying technical, appointments and the study bill. The House was in Session until 8:00PM on Tuesday, while the Senate adjourned around 6:00PM.

On Wednesday, the House and Senate convened their Sessions at 2:00 PM. The House spent more than 3 hours debating the video sweepstakes ban bill. There was intense lobbying on this issue and in the end the bill (banning video sweepstakes games), passed by a wide margin. They recessed to attend an event and returned at 8:15 PM to vote on the remainder of bills on their calendar. Meanwhile, the Senate met several times to vote on bills, caucus, and hold committee meetings before adjourning for the day at 6:00 PM.

On Thursday, they convened in the morning to try and finish more bills to wind up the Session by Friday/Saturday. The Senate spent much of the day working on just a few bills, including DNA testing of persons arrested, environmental laws, and economic incentives. Some of the bills still pending include technical corrections, budget technical corrections, study bill, government ethics bill, economic incentives bill, clarifying technical corrections, and renewable energy incentives. The House continued its quest through pages of bills and supplemental calendars. Again the day and evening was spent in and out of Session. After the House adjourned the clarifying technical corrections bill was rolled out of Judiciary I for approval. The Senate was the last to finish the day and adjourned around 6:00 PM.

On Friday, both chambers convened at 10:00 AM. They heard a few bills and once again both chambers recessed to go to Committee meetings. House Education met to approved two bills for concurrence. House bill 593 and Senate bill 1248, listed below. By 5:00 PM many of the bills yet to be resolved were being rolled out, while budget technical corrections, was still being negotiated between the House and Senate. The Senate approved SJR 1462, the Adjournment resolution and amended the Friday date to Saturday. They were trying to finish by 2:00AM. They recessed at until after 9:00 PM. The House Appropriations Committee was called to meet at 8:00 PM, one of the final bills, budget technical corrections (SB 1202) was approved and sent to the floor for a House vote and Senate concurrence. Representative Dollar amended the bill to require agencies faced with the possible additional one percent cut to make all savings possible before releasing employees. His amendment passed, but after some discussion, the House voted to reconsider the vote by which his amendment passed, and defeated the amendment the second time around. The amendment was requested by the State Employees Association to try and protect against further layoffs of State employees.

They worked until 5:30 AM when they adjourned Sine Die the 2009 Session of the General Assembly and will return January 26, 2011.

The Governor now has thirty days to sign bills that have passed within 10 days of adjournment, veto the bills, or the bills will become law.

Legislative Session final wrap-up documents will be completed and distributed in the next two to three weeks.

House Committees

Appropriations

SB 1202 Budget Technical Corrections (title changed) Favorable Report to Committee Substitute.

Education:

SB 593 Change Starting Date of School Calendar (title changed to Modify Good Cause Waivers) Concurred with Senate committee substitute and amendment.

SB 1248 Early Identification& Intervention for At-Risk Students Concurred.

Energy and Energy Efficiency:

HB 1292 University Energy Savings/LEA Operational Leases Concurred in Senate Committee Substitute.

Judiciary I:

HB 1740 General Statutes Comm. Technical Corrections Favorable Report. Referred to House Judiciary II.

SB 1165 General Statutes Comm. Technical Corrections Favorable Report Committee Substitute.

SB 1242 Clarifying Changes to the General Statutes Favorable Report Committee Substitute.

Pensions & Retirement

SB 1392 State Health Plan/Court–Ordered Guardianships Favorable Report.

Rules.

SB 900 Studies Act of 2010 Favorable Report Committee Substitute.

State and Local Government

HB 213 VSL Nonfamily Sick Leave Donations Favorable Report.

House Floor

SB 593 Modify Good Cause Waivers Concurred.

SB 716 2009 Omnibus Campaign Finance Law Changes Passed 3rd reading after four amendments tightening up various sections and by eliminating the provision requiring a one year time before legislators could enter the lobbying profession.

SB 900 Studies Act of 2010 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading with amendment. Ratified.

SB 1119 Early Education Certification & Consolidation Regulations (Title Changed Early Education Certification).  Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

SB 1152 Study Child Nutrition Program Passed 2nd and 3rd reading, Ratified.

SB 1165 General Statutes Comm. Technical Corrections Passed 2nd and 3rd reading as amended.

SB 1199 Establish Regional Planning School Commission (Title Changed) Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

SB 1202 Budget Technical Corrections Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

SB 1210 Increase Licensure Fees/Athletic Trainers Passed 2nd and 3rd reading, Ratified.

SB 1242 Clarifying Changes to the General Statutes Passed 2nd and 3rd reading, Ratified.

SB 1248 Early Identification& Intervention for At-Risk Students Concurred. Ratified.

SB 1251 State Health Plan/Treat Teachers Equitably Failed to Concur Conference Committee appointed. Concurred in Conference report. Ratified.

SB 1256 Brevard Academy Retirement Election Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

SB 1392 State Health Plan/Court–Ordered Guardianships Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

SJR 1462 Adjournment Resolution Concurred. Ratified.

HB 357 School Absence for Religious Holidays (Title Changed) Concurred. Ratified.

HB 213 VSL Nonfamily Sick Leave Donations Passed 2nd and 3rd reading, Ratified.

HB 961 Gov’t Ethics and Campaign Reform Act of 2010. Concurred in conference report.

HB 1292 University Energy Savings/LEA Operational Leases Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

HB 1377 Safe Schools Act Concurred. Ratified.

HB 1726 Improve Child Care Nutrition/Activity Standards Concurred. Ratified.

HB 1757 Fitness Testing in Schools Passed 2nd and 3rd reading, Ratified.

HB 2066 Special Retirement Allowances Concurred. Ratified.

Senate Committees

Education:

HB 593 Change School Starting Date (Title Changed) Favorable Report Proposed Committee Substitute.

HB 856 Modify Charter School Law Removed From Agenda.

HB 900 Nutrition Stds./All Foods Sold at School Discussed, no vote taken.

HB 1757 Fitness Testing in Schools Favorable Report.

Pensions & Retirement & Aging:

HB 2066 Special Retirement Allowances Concurred in Senate Amendment.

Judiciary II:

HB 1377 Taxpayer Optimization Act (Title Changed) Safe Schools Act Concurred in S/Committee Substitute.

Senate Floor

HB 357 School Absence for Religious Holidays (Title Changed) Concurred in PCS. Ratified.

HB 593 Change School Starting Date Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

HB 961 Gov’t Ethics and Campaign Reform Act of 2010 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Concurred in conference report.

HB 1377 Safe Schools Act Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in PCS.

HB 1726 Improve Child Care Nutrition/Activity Standards Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

HB 1757 Fitness Testing in Schools Ratified

HB 1778 Charter School/Retirement/SHP Election Failed to Concur in PCS.

HB 1973 Keep North Carolina Competitive Act Failed to Concur, Conference Committee appointed. Concurrence in conference report.

HB 2066 Special Retirement Allowances Concurred. Ratified.

SB 716 2010 Ethics and Government Reform Changes Withdrawn from Calendar Re-referred Rules.

SB 1119 Early Education Certification & Consolidation Regulations (Title Changed Early Education   Certification) Passed 2nd and 3rd reading, Ratified.

SB 1152 Study Child Nutrition Program Passed 2nd and 3rd reading, Ratified.

SB 1165 General Statutes Comm. Technical Corrections Concurred. Ratified.

SB 1199 Establish Regional Planning School Commission (Title Changed) Concurred. Ratified.

SB 1202 Budget Technical Corrections Concurred. Ratified.

SB 1246 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Concurred. Ratified.

SB 1248 Early Identification & Intervention for At-Risk Students Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

SB 1251 State Health Plan/Treat Teachers Equitably Failed Concurrence in House amendment, Conference Committee appointed. Concurred in conference report. Ratified.

SB 1256 Brevard Academy Retirement Election Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

SJR 1462 Adjournment Resolution Passed 2nd and 3rd reading.

2010 LEGISLATIVE SESSION MEMO #8

June 28th, 2010

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

it gets where it’s going..

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

House Committees

Education:

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

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

SB 1152 Study Child Nutrition Program Not Heard

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

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

SB 1246 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Not Heard

SB 1392 State Health Plans Court Ordered Guardianships Not Heard

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

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

Health:

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

House Floor

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

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

SB 1152 Study Child Nutrition Program Not Heard

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

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

SB 1246 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Not Heard

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

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

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

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

HB 1973 Keep North Carolina Competitive Act Passed

Senate Committees

Education:

HB 901 Honors Courses in Healthful Living Classes Favorable Report

HB 1676 Substitute Teacher Unemployment Favorable Report

HB 1753 School Bus Railroad Crossing Exception Favorable Report

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

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

Health:

SB 1151 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Pensions & Retirement & Aging:

HB 1998 Reciprocity for ORP Service Favorable Report

HB 2054 Retirement Technical Corrections Favorable Report

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

Judiciary I:

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

State and Local Government:

HB 1666 Davie School Board

HB 1772 Cherokee School Board Terms

Senate Floor

HB 901 Honors Courses in Healthful Living Classes Favorable Report

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

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

HB 1676 Substitute Teacher Unemployment Favorable Report

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

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

HB 1998 Reciprocity for ORP Service Favorable Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Up Next Week

HB 1666 Davie School Board

HB 1772 Cherokee School Board Terms

July State Board of Education Meeting Preview

Thursday, July 1, 2010

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

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

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

Call to Order

  • Dr. William C. Harrison, Chairman

Approval of Minutes

  • June 3, 2010

Consent Agenda

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

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

Action

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

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

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

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

  • Update on Contracts:

Under $25,000 – 9
Over $25,000   – 23

Old Business

New Business

Adjourn

2010 LEGISLATIVE SESSION MEMO #6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House Committees

Education:

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

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

Insurance:

HB 1853 State Health Plan/Treat Teachers Equitably Pulled.

Finance:

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

House Floor

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

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

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

Senate Committees

Education:

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

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

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

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

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

HB 1669 Require Use of EVAAS in Schools Favorable Report.

HB 1684 No High School Graduation Project Required Favorable Report.

Pensions and Retirement and Aging:

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

Finance:

SB 1210 Increase Licensure Fees/Athletic Trainers Favorable Report.

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

Senate Floor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Up Next Week

SB 1141 Task Force on Sports Injuries in Schools

SB 1151 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

SB 1152 Study Child Nutrition Program

SB 1246 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate

HB 901 Honors Courses in Healthful Living Classes

HB 1676 Substitute Teacher Unemployment

SB 1115 Carteret Schools May Administer Oath

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