Summaries of 2010 North Carolina substantive legislation online

From Drafting Musings – a blog by Gerry Cohen, the Director of Bill Drafting for the North Carolina General Assembly since 1981. This blog presents some unofficial news from him.

Walker Reagan, the North Carolina General Assembly’s Research Division Director:

“I am pleased to announce that the Summaries of Substantive Ratified Legislation – 2010 is available on the General Assembly’s web site. The direct link is provided below. It can also be accessed from the General Assembly’s homepage.

Check out Gerry’s Blog at:

http://ncbilldrafting.wordpress.com/

A Hint of Things to Come from NC Policy Watch

Fitzsimon File

A hint of things to come

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

By Chris Fitzsimon

http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/cms/2010/11/09/a-hint-of-things-to-come/

If you are wondering how the new Republican majorities in the General Assembly will handle the state’s $3.5 billion shortfall next year, a few statements in the last few days provide some clues.

The leading candidates for House Speaker, Representative Paul Stam and Representative Thom Tillis, appeared this weekend on the WRAL-TV public affairs show On the Record along with NC GOP Chair Tom Fetzer.

The program started with a news story about the potential cuts to services to people with disabilities and included a comment from an official with the ARC of North Carolina, a group that provides services to the disabled and advocates on their behalf. She said that deep cuts on top of the ones made in the last two years would be devastating and pointed out that 7,000 people are currently on the waiting list for help.

A few minutes after the story, host David Crabtree asked Fetzer if it would be a public relations problem for the Republican Party if its legislative leaders followed through on their pledge not to raise any new revenue to address the shortfall and made it up by deeply slashing the state budget and cutting services like the ones featured in the story.

Public relations may have been an odd thing to ask about, but Fetzer’s response was far more troubling. He told Crabtree that “we need people to get in charge and do what’s best for the whole state of North Carolina and if some special interests get trimmed along the way, then so be it.”

The message was clear. People with disabilities are a special interest. Anybody who opposes the Republicans’ efforts to cut 20 percent or more from education and human services must be a special interest too, people with a mental illness, teachers, at-risk kids.

It’s not much different than what the head of the Locke Foundation calls advocates for people who need services or teachers who speak out for smaller classes—he lumps then all together in what he calls the “spending lobby” in Raleigh, people he thinks should be ignored or run over when it comes time to write the budget.

Tillis said shortly after the election last week that the cuts the Republicans plan to make could lead to “legitimate, sad stories about people who may end up suffering,” presumably Fetzer’s “special interests.”

Stam told Crabtree that the university system is likely to suffer severe cuts next year and that may be an understatement. Another staff member of the Locke Foundation, whose right-wing budget proposals are a blueprint for Republicans, told a reporter that some campuses of the UNC system may have to be consolidated or closed.

That was the worst case scenario outlined by outgoing UNC President Erskine Bowles last week at his last meeting with the Board of Governors.

But it’s not a worst case scenario at all to the folks at the Locke Foundation and the Republican leaders with their dogmatic refusal to consider raising new revenue. It’s an opportunity, a chance to dismantle the government they loathe, regardless of the damage and pain it creates. Calling the most vulnerable people in the state a special interest hardly makes it okay to hurt them.

 

Also….

A must read for new lawmakers

By Chris Fitzsimon

http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/cms/2010/11/04/a-must-read-for-new-lawmakers/

The debate about how to address the state’s anticipated $4 billion budget shortfall has already begun in next year’s General Assembly, two months before the new Republican majorities in the House and Senate are sworn in and elect their leaders.

Republican legislators are repeating their vow to address the massive shortfall with cuts alone and refuse to consider raising any new revenue to protect vital state programs from devastating reductions.

It’s a point reinforced almost daily by the radical right-wing propaganda machine that provided the ideologically-biased polls and anti-government talking points for Republicans throughout the recent campaign.

Slash and burn is the plan, $4 billion worth, from public schools, mental health programs, and health care services for children and the disabled.  That’s what coming. You can count on it.

The head of Raleigh’s most well-known right-wing think tank, a place that Republicans routine look to for direction,  said Thursday that the new majorities should eliminate both of the state’s national recognized early childhood programs, Smart Start and More at Four because there’s no evidence that they work.

He said the money saved could be used better elsewhere, like to balance the budget.  The comments are not surprising. Similar comments have been made in recent months by a long list of Republicans who seem to have very little understanding of what the programs do and how they work.

Ironically, the comments came roughly an hour after a comprehensive study of More at Four from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC-CH was released at the State Board of Education meeting.

Every legislator should read it. Researchers found that low income children who attended the More at Four pre-k program narrowed the achievement gap with their middle-class counterparts by as much as 40 percent by the third-grade.

That’s exactly what More at Four was designed to do, help at-risk kids catch up in the early grades so they don’t begin school far behind their classmates and become more likely to struggle throughout their school years and eventually drop out.

The report is just the latest confirmation by the Institute that More at Four works. Previous studies have shown that the program provides high-quality classroom learning that leads to high rates of achievement growth, particularly by kids most at risk of failure.

Critics of More at Four, including the right-wing think tanker who dismissed it so cavalierly Thursday, often claim that whatever gains children make from the program fade away as the kids get older.

It’s an odd criticism to make. No one believes that at-risk kids stop being at risk when they leave kindergarten.  Many of the factors that caused them to fall behind in the first place are still there. But at least now the kids have a fighting chance and can benefit from additional help to keep them on track.

The claim also ignores compelling evidence from studies that have followed kids from pre-k programs into adulthood and found their lives to be vastly better than at-risk kids who did not have the chance to catch up before kindergarten.

There was plenty of evidence before this latest report was released that pre-k programs like More at Four make an important difference in children’s lives.

The new study that involves a data set of more 200,000 kids ought to remove any doubts, even among members of the new conservative majorities.

All they have to do is open their minds and take an honest look.

 

Will They Scrimp On Schools?

New and Observer Article

BY STEVE FORD - ASSOCIATE EDITOR

As a colleague of mine remarked, Republicans’ motto as they saddle up to take control of North Carolina’s General Assembly could be, “Do less with less.”

We’re about to get an earful of that old conservative anthem celebrating the virtues of limited government and low taxes. And on principle, who’s to disagree? Nobody wants more government than we need, and nobody wants to pay taxes swollen because of bureaucratic inefficiency or bloat.

But that doesn’t mean the philosophical divide between conservatives and liberals (which more or less correlates with the partisan divide between Republicans and Democrats) over the core issue of government’s proper size and mission is a trivial one. It’s all about parsing needs and wants, and then figuring out who should pay how much.

Those in line to pay the most often argue that the state can get by with doing less. Yet when the budget knife starts cutting, who gets hurt? If it’s the young and the vulnerable, the cutters have been too clumsy.

The two sides’ beliefs as to how the public is best served are about to be vigorously tested – perhaps no more so than in the arena of education.

Together, the state’s educational enterprises – public schools, community colleges, universities – swallow the largest share of money routed each year into the General Fund. For example, the budget for July 2009 through June 2010 set aside $7.4 billion for the schools, $1 billion for the community colleges and $2.7 billion for the UNC system. The total budget (this was current operations, not capital): $19 billion.

That budget was prepared under severe duress as state revenues plunged amid the recession. The situation was even worse this year. Helped by federal stimulus funds, legislators and Gov. Beverly Perdue were able to stave off serious cuts in public school expenditures.

For the next budget cycle, however, the immovable object of education costs is about to meet the irresistible force of a monster shortfall that looks to be in the range of $3.5 billion. And then there’s irresistible force No. 2: Republicans’ determination to put the budget in balance, as the state is obligated to do, via spending cuts alone. They’ve as much as said no new taxes except over their dead bodies.

Of course nobody should be eager to raise taxes while jobs are scarce, families are struggling to keep their homes and companies are caught in the recession’s downdraft. But especially when it comes to the state’s investment in our schools, the picture without some kind of revenue infusion can’t help but look grim. So much money will be needed to close the shortfall that it will be hard to avoid whacking into the budget’s largest line item.

The bitter irony is that, as the Public School Forum of North Carolina points out, this has never been a state that shot the moon with its public school outlays.

Now, says the Forum, which has kept a sharp eye on the state’s education scene since the mid-1980s, the budget squeeze could push North Carolina close to the bottom in a ranking of per-pupil expenditures.

How could that happen? The Forum says North Carolina during the last fiscal year ranked 42nd in state and local outlays for school operations – $8,743 per student. The U.S. average was $10,190.

Nobody would suggest that every state toward the top of the list is getting good value in spending more than we do. But what if North Carolina did find itself trailing the pack? That not only would signal real deficiencies in school quality, but also would amount to a failure of our responsibility to the state’s youth. It’s not the sort of thing businesses or families deciding where to locate like to see.

The legislature’s new Republican bosses will be perfectly entitled to look for ways to make state government more cost-effective. They should. And their aversion to taxes should mean a disciplined approach to spending. But just because the Democrats have taken a broader view of the government’s responsibilities, that doesn’t mean they’ve necessarily been undisciplined.

This is the fork in the philosophical road. The belief that investments in public education should be generous – they are, after all, investments with a proven record of success – does not translate into a belief in waste, feather-bedding and inane curriculums.

School systems should be well-enough funded so that every student has a capable teacher in an uncrowded classroom. Right-sizing should not always mean down-sizing and operating on the cheap. And the same applies to other state services such as higher education, mental health, environmental protection and the courts.

Let’s hope that an improving economy takes some of the pressure off the state’s budget-balancers. And if the Republicans can look beyond the self-serving calls for spending and tax cuts echoing from the special interests who propelled their campaigns, perhaps they will be able to reconcile their sincere beliefs in limited government with a budget strategy that can at least come close to meeting the state’s critical needs.

For the article: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/11/07/784033/will-they-scrimp-on-schools.html#ixzz14n7tDKp5

 

Post-Election Assessment

All of the predictions called for the the Republicans to take the Senate.  Needless to say, they were were right.  But that’s not the end of the story.  In a feat not seen in over 100 years, North Carolina Republicans have won an overwhelming majority in both the Senate and the House.  Though it seemed like the trend was certainly headed in that direction, the vote count for the Senate and House turned out considerably higher than expected.  Although several races were decided by less than 1,000 votes, voters across the state have sent a clear message – and it’s safe to say that there are some serious changes coming.

The unofficial count in the House is 67 Republicans and 52 Democrats. Many incumbent Democrats are listed as having lost. A few surprises include: Doug Yongue, Arthur Williams, Walter Church and Nelson Cole. Many of the incumbents who lost were races too close to call,  Holliman, Underhill, Tarelton, Van Braxton, Love, Whilden….. there are three districts with possible recounts and those include Glazier, Parfitt, and Coates, who are leading in the vote count right now, but that could possibly change. All three are Democrats.

The Senate is 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats. The Senate was the first chamber expected to move Republican and the numbers came in higher than expected as well. Some key Democratic members who were too close to call but who lost include: John Snow, Jo Sam Queen, AB Swindell, Margaret Dickson, Tony Foriest, and Steve Goss. Other Seats lost were when incumbents retired and their seats were open for new members.

The key to this election is the House and Senate will draw the new districts based on the 2010 Census and this could have long term implications for the Democrats in North Carolina.

The election results are unofficial and can be seen at the following website: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/

Stay Tuned.

 

Preview of November State Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday & Thursday, November 3, 4, 2010

The State Board of Education will meet on Wednesday, November 3, 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/2010/11

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 is asked to approve 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.
  • GCS 2 Textbook Evaluation Policies The State Board is requested to approve 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 at the beginning of this preview.

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 is requested to approve 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.

Discussion

  • GCS 4 Credit Recovery The State Board is requested to review the proposed amended policy and provide feedback. 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 II 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 course 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.
  • GCS 5 Blue Ribbon Task Force Report on Studying Impacts of Raising Compulsory Attendance Age State Board members are asked to review 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.
  • GCS 6 Senate Bill 66 Arts Education Task Force Recommendations The State Board is requested to review the report from the task force and provide feedback prior to submission of final report to the legislature. A task force was appointed this year to address several issues as a result of SB66. The issues to be considered are 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. The report will be sent to board members prior to the board meeting. A copy of the report is not included in the Executive Summary.
  • GCS 7 K-12 Social Studies Essential Standards The State Board is requested to discuss 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. Policy implications will be addressed with the SBE in November. The plan is to either continue discussion at the December board meeting or approve the standards based on the direction of the State Board.

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 is requested to approve 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.

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 shall issue 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.

New Business

  • Technical Readiness for Online Assessment
  • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report

 

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 is requested to discuss future budget needs and specific budget requests to build the SBE 2011-2013 Biennial Budget request. 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.
  • TCS 2 Revisions to Benefits and Employment Policy Manual 2010-11 for Public School Employees The State Board is recommended to approve 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.

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 3 Schools Selected from Applications for Reading Diagnostic Initiative The State Board is requested to approve the list of schools that volunteered and were 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.

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 is requested to discuss 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.
  • TCS 5 DHHS Transition Plan for Organizational Structure and Student Instructional Services at the Residential Schools The State Board is asked to review 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.

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

Ø  Career College Ready Set Go/Race to the Top Update – Mr. Adam Levinson

Performance Navigator Update- Mr. Adam Levinson

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. 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.
  • 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.

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. 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.

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 will be presented to the State Board for continued discussion.

Consent Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

  • GCS 11 Title III AMAO Status Report for 2009-2010 The State Board is requested to approve 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.

Business/Finance and Advocacy

  • TCS 6 LEA-Wide Calendar Waiver Requests The State Board of Education is requested to approve 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 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

Old Business

 

Adjourn

EDUCATION CABINET MEETING SUMMARY

THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2010

CAREER AND COLLEGE – READY, SET, GO!

Race to the Top Grant-The Governor provided opening remarks on the Race to the Top grant of $400 million for the state. She told cabinet members she wanted to see the North Carolina’s graduation rate increase 10-12 points over the next 3-4 years. The focus will be on leadership, low-performing schools, jobs, and the workforce. Governor Perdue is looking toward having information on all students with the P-20 longitudinal data system. The data system will allow parents to view growth charts for their children and provide transparency in student data through their entire education in NC.

Common Core Standards and Alignment of Assessments-Dr. Rebecca Garland and Angela Quick prepared a one-page handout with an overview of the Common Core State Standards for the Cabinet. The Common Core Standards are English and Math K-12. NC was in the process of preparing new essential standards when the national standards were completed. The Math standards align with work already done in the state, but the English standards are different. They do not focus on literature until high school (50 percent literature), but focus on literacy though science, social studies and other ways. NC retains 15 percent control of the course standards to allow them to add additional requirements. The new standards will be implemented with the 2012-2013 school year. NC is part of 2 consortia working together on assessments for the Common Core Standards. The Smarter Balanced group includes 31 other states and they are focused on developing formative, interim, and summative assessments. However, their greatest focus is on daily assessments, not the summative (only 10 percent of their efforts).  The assessments are moving away from the multiple choice design and heading toward open-ended responses, essays, and constructive responses, while at the same time incorporating technology in the process. Senator Lee, Executive Director of the Education Cabinet suggested a Standing Committee be created to meet on a regular basis to include representatives from the various Cabinet entities to track the work on the Common Core Standards and assessments and collaborate. This will enable higher education and pre-K members of the Cabinet to understand the efforts of K-12 in moving toward the Common Standards and the new assessments.  This will better prepare the members to handle the child/student’s education needs when they are in either pre-K or higher education.

Unique Student Identifier and P-20 Longitudinal Data System Adam Levinson presented information on the student identifier system. NC did not receive the federal grant funding they had applied for to get the system implemented in the pre-K-20. Right now the NCWISE system provides unique student identifiers for K-12. The members of Education Cabinet have been working together with DPI on this process, but the lack of funding is going to be a real issue to overcome. The other major hurdle is with the Independent Colleges and Universities who do not have a central data system to implement the student identifier program. Each of the private colleges and universities have their own system and the costs to complete the P-20 longitudinal data system may be huge. The early childhood groups also pose a challenge. Can you create student identifiers for children when they enter Smart Start, Head Start, Private preschools programs, or health services? Where do you begin and who will maintain the information and how is it linked to K-12?  Anne Bryan (Early Childhood Advisory Council) indicated she is working with the K-12 and meeting with the student identifier work group to determine how they might be able to integrate into the system. The Community Colleges appear to be in the best position to implement the student identifier into their system, but there will still be funding needs. The public university members were not at the meeting, so it is unclear what their status is on implementing the student identifier system.  Funding without the grant is going to be the biggest hurdle in completing this project in North Carolina. Race to the Top may provide some funding support.

Development of Target Outcomes and Benchmarks for Career and College – Ready, Set, Go! Bill Harrison provided a ten-page draft spreadsheet to elaborate on the various steps for the P-20 groups to collaborate in reaching the Career and College-Ready Set Go initiative of Governor Perdue. The steps are clarified including, who is responsible, where is the funding, when will they be completed and the present status of work targets. As an example in the category of Ready: All students will be ready to start school and the Governor has developed an Early Childhood Advocacy Council, which has submitted a grant for funding this year. In addition, smaller class sizes, and diagnostic assessments using the $10 million in state funding are important targets in this part of the plan. A copy of the document is available upon request.

UPDATES AND REPORTS

e-Learning Commission-Lt Governor Dalton reported on the work of the e-Learning Commission. He reviewed his work what it will take to get an enterprise system to connect, all of education (P-20) in NC. He has met with CIOs who have said that in order to coordinate all entities in education in the state it will take a Learning Management System at cost in excess of $20 million and then to maintain the system another $1-2 million annually. There is no timeframe for how long this would take to complete the process. They also discussed the need for a Central Administrative Management System.

Legislative Directives to the Education Cabinet Senator Lee reviewed as series of legislative requirements for Education Cabinet that were part of the 2010 General Assembly Short Session. Reports on various issues including, Career and College Ready Set Go by January 14, as well as STEM school initiatives and the JOBS Commission work, the last two reports being due in November to legislative committees. At this time there have been very few legislative committee meetings scheduled so it’s hard to say if much will happen before the November elections.

Achieving the Dream: Developmental Education Initiatives Dr. Ralls reviewed the work of the Community Colleges in Achieving the Dream. There are seven states working together in establishing and updating the curriculum and assessments. They are focusing on changing their delivery methods. They are reviewing students who leave public schools and go to CC to get their GED.  Basically they are looking at how they educate students and prepare them for careers and college work.

Proposed Federal Regulations of Program Integrity for Title IV Funding (Gainful Employment) Dr. Williams raised a concern with this issue. The Federal government is looking to set clear requirements and rules for licensure. The private schools of higher education are exempt from the State licensure rules and if the federal government succeeds with this mandate it will be a major problem for the independent colleges and universities.

Adjournment

Future Meeting Dates

October 25, 2010 – 1 pm

January 12, 2011 – 9 am

March 24, 2011 – 9 am

May 25, 2011 – 9 am

August 25, 2011 – 9 am

November 15, 2011 – 9 am

Closing Remarks – The Governor

Summary of September State Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday & Thursday, September 1, 2, 2010

The State Board of Education met on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 in committees. They met as a State Board on Thursday, September 2, 2010 to vote on the Action issues.  Access to the SBE Executive Summaries and related documents are on the SBE website at the following link: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2010/09.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • GCS 1 Changes and Clarifications to Policy GCS-A-012: Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives for NCLB Title III APPROVED amendments to policy GCS-A-012. North Carolina has two years of data from ACCESS for ELLS© assessment used for determining Title III Annual Measurable Objectives criteria and targets. DPI has worked with individuals from Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center and The Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Staff has examined the scoring and ranking with the assistance of these two groups and is requesting State Board approval this month, to allow schools to meet the federal timeline of notifying parents for eligibility for services to LEP students. Students who attain proficiency will exit the LEP program.

Committee Meeting: No further discussion.

Discussion

  • GCS 2 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The SBE discussed the new accountability model. The ACRE Assessment and Accountability Committee drafted a proposal for a new accountability model to address both K-8 and high school accountability. Components of the proposed model include student performance, value-added performance for teachers, schools and districts, long-term longitudinal growth, graduation rate, Future Ready Core, and postsecondary readiness. This item will be on the SBE agenda for Action in October.

Committee Meeting: Angela Quick and Dr. Garland presented a chart on the Diagnostics recommendations for K-12. The pilot RFP was awarded to Wireless Generation 3D (August 31) to provide a reading diagnostic system for K-5. This software provides the best match with the NC Reading curriculum. Teachers in K-2 will be trained to use the device and software.  Then they will be able to assess individual students by having them read something and ask questions. If the student scores proficient they will only be tested three times annually. If they are not proficient they will require interventions, as recommended by the software, and be tested continuously, until they are successful in reaching a certain benchmark on the assessment. The diagnostic software will only be used with students in grades 4 and 5 who are not proficient on the Reading EOGs. Teacher Academy will provide the training for the electronic testing software and devices.  At this time, there is no diagnostic software that can be used for Math, because the curriculum does not match the software diagnostics reviewed so far.   Right now there is only one Math pilot in the State. Unfortunately, the Wireless 3D Math software assessment does not match the NC Math curriculum, so until a better match is found Reading will be area where the use of the new electronic devices will be used for elementary students. The State Board policy will allow other electronic diagnostic assessments to be used for Reading. The Reading pilots will be in approximately 66 identified low-performing elementary schools across the State. Staff is hoping to fund the pilot in average performing schools as well. This will allow a comparison to be made between the low-performing schools and average schools on the effectiveness of the diagnostic assessment. The legislature approved $10 million, this year, in recurring funding to purchase the electronic devices, software, and training to pilot the program. Some schools are already using computer diagnostic programs to assess student needs. LEAs will have the ability to determine the hardware they would like to use to implement the 3D software assessment. A question was raised on the cost to implement this electronic diagnostic Reading program statewide. The answer will be provided by DPI staff. Teachers will be conducting these assessments during the instructional day.

Dr. Garland presented the middle and high school assessment recommendations beginning with Explorer, which tests students in English, Reading, Math, and Science in 8th grade. Ninth and tenth graders will take “Plan,” which tests the same subjects. Then in 11th grade the ACT will be administered to students, during the school day. Those students who are not successful at this point will attend Summer Academic Boot Camp and take the “Compass” test in 12th grade to determine if they are Career or College Ready. The tests planned for use in Grades 8-12 are all part of the ACT suite of tests. It was reported that 76 percent of students who reach the ACT benchmarks are more likely to reach college readiness. Students will continue to take the EOGs and EOCs, but staff is reviewing these to determine if they can reduce the requirements based on adding these new assessments.  Specifically, they are reviewing US History. Staff will likely recommend keeping the 25% of grade based on EOGs and EOC’s test scores in Grades 6 through 12. The metric target for ACT and SAT will be used for school accountability. The ACT test is being recommended because it is more curriculum-based than the SAT. Students will still be allowed to take the SAT as they do now and if they reach a metric number set by the State the school will get credit for their success. Institutions of higher education use the ACT for college entrance so the move to the ACT does not create any known problems. In addition, ACT has a cut score for determining college-readiness and the State Board will likely adopt their score. ACT is also internationally benchmarked (Finland, Singapore). DPI has moved away from the recommendation to use the WORKEYS assessment, for several reasons. WORKEYS may be used by Career Technical students to gain credit for meeting career credentials. Staff discussed incentives for extra credit for schools including; Graduation Project, AP Tests, and IB program.

Leadership for Innovation Committee

Action and Discussion Agenda

New Business

  • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report Dr. Setser provided an update of NCVPS program. Presently, NC is the second largest program serving students and courses online in the country. A press release announcing the formation of the Digital Learning Council was discussed. The Council is being chaired by Governor Jeb Bush and former Governor Bob Wise. Dr. Setser was appointed to serve on this new group. Finally, there continue to be some major issues with the new funding formula for NCVPS, and more work will be done to try and fix the inequities that are occurring with the largest and smallest districts in the formula, prior to the next legislative session.

21st Century Professionals Committee

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCP 1 State Evaluation Committee Teacher Education Program Approval Recommendations APPROVED the recommendations for Montreat College and Peace College teacher education programs.
  • TCP 2 Rubric for Pre-Service Superintendent Programs APPROVED an updated program approval process 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 through the link at the beginning of this document.
  • TCP 3 Proposed Qualifying Score for Dual Licensure Health and Physical Education Praxis II Test APPROVED the requirement for dual licensure in health and physical education. 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 become effective September 2012.

Action on First Reading

  • TCP 4 Approval Adoption of the School Executive: Principal Evaluation Process for Assistant Principals APPROVED the use of the School Executive Principal Evaluation process for assistant principals. The validation process for using the principal evaluation instrument for assistant principals is complete.
  • TCP 5 Recommendations from the Advisory Board on Requests for Exceptions from Teacher Licensing Requirements Closed Session recommendations of the panel. A panel reviews the requests for exception from teacher licensing requirements. Those requesting an exception include teachers who have not been able to satisfy licensing requirements and prospective teachers who have not met the Praxis I testing requirements.

Discussion: MOVED TO ACTION ON FIRST READING

  • TCP 6 Approval/Adoption of the NC Superintendent Evaluation Process APPROVED the North Carolina Superintendent Evaluation Process for evaluating superintendents by local boards of education. The validation process has been finalized. McRel developed and validated the process. The new evaluation instrument may be implemented statewide with the 2010-2011 school year.

Board Meeting: Dr. Harrison asked the Board member advisor to seek support from local boards to consider using this new instrument.

  • TCP 7 Approval/Adoption of the Superintendent Evaluation Instrument for Central Office Staff APPROVED the Superintendent Evaluation Instrument for Central Office staff. The instrument is ready for use by Central Office staff and may be implemented statewide with 2010-2011 school year.

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCS 1 Membership for the State Advisory Council on Indian Education APPROVED the membership recommendations for the State Advisory Council on Indian Education. Angela Lynch is the new member who is replacing Claire Hunter Morrow and new members are recommended for reappointment; Audrey Hunt, Velina Ebert, and Teresa Jones.
    • TCS 2 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. APPROVED (Nekita Avent) for a waiver of the $2,500 and all other waiver requests are recommended for denial.

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 3 Approval of Grants
    • K-2 Reading Diagnostic Assessment Funds for Current Reading Pilot Schools Expanding to Grades 2 and 3 APPROVED the allocation of the Reading First funds to be transferred to fund schools who missed the deadline for the August State Board meeting and to expand the current Reading Pilot Schools to Grades 2 and 3. The funding totals $422,350. This impacts 27 schools 5,900 students and 170 teachers. The list of the schools can be found on the State Board Executive Summaries link under TCS 3. New Hanover has the most schools with eight on the list followed by three in Brunswick, three in Onslow, and two in Sampson. All the other schools are scattered about the State.

Committee Meeting: Dr. Garland requested the State Board approve four recommendations 1) Approve the Reading First Funding expansion request by DPI to Grades 2 and 3, 2) Approve the request for additional schools to be included in the pilot, 3) Approve a new policy to manage the allotment of funds with additional budget codes required 4) Approve the delegation of authority to the State Board Chairman for designating additional schools as funds are available, and 5) Approve the use of Reading First Funds for training. The Governor has the list of schools to be added to the pilot and they are based on performance and geography and she will work with Dr. Harrison to decide which additional schools will be given an opportunity to be included in the pilot.

  • JOBS Commission Schools APPROVED $100,000 of the $200,000 allocation for one Early College High School in Wake and Cumberland effective September 1, 2010.

Committee Meeting: Cumberland is ready to receive the $100,000 to open a new school. Wake may not need the $100,000 remaining, so by next month the actual distribution of the remaining $100,000 will be made with a possible additional allocation to Cumberland and the balance going to Wake.

Discussion

  • TCS 4 2011-2013 Biennial Budget Request The State Board discussed future budget needs and specific budget requests to build the SBE Biennial Budget Request, which is set for approval at the November meeting.

Committee Meeting: Philip Price talked about the economy and what the State Board would need to do over the next two months in preparing their budget proposal for 2011-2012. The budget proposal would need to be voted on at the November meeting. At this time revenue collections appear to be on target (though they were lowered in last year’s budget). OSBM (Office of State Budget and Management) has requested DPI continue to hold one percent of their $136 million in funds to give back to the State this year. DPI’s operating budget is only $48 million, but there are funds in the total budget for other programs including “More At Four” and others, which could be used to reach the 1 percent holdback. In addition, the Federal Education Jobs bill, recently passed, will allow DPI to access 2 percent of the $300 million in funding for administration of the legislation. These Federal funds are designated for the 2010-2011 school year, but are available for carry-over through September 2012. Race to The Top funds won’t be finalized until September 16th. The hope is NC will get the full $400 million, which will come all at once to the State and will be available until 2014. Finance staff is still working on the budget proposal to USED for the various programs to be approved as part of the RTT grant proposal.

In addition, the Discretionary Reduction of $304.8 million, in the public school’s budget for this year, resulted in funds being returned from the LEAs for 3,211 teacher positions and $47.5 million for teacher assistants as well as other items.

Mr. Price also reviewed the nuts and bolts of the upcoming state budget problems for next year. He noted the $545 million needed to shore up the Health Plan in 2011-2012 as well as $600 million in non-recurring cuts in the public school’s budget that will need to be added back into the base budget. Student growth for next school year is projected to reach 20,000 new students. This will require $100 million to be added to the budget to cover these new students. There will be a great deal of pressure to move people up on the salary schedule since everyone has been frozen for two years. That would cost another $300 million. The NCVPS funding formula is a major problem for the low and high end users and a proposal will be coming forward to revise it to ensure a more equitable distribution of the costs. DPI is expected to take over responsibility for the Blind and Deaf schools being managed by DHHS now. DPI has seen cuts of 17 percent while the public schools have had 14 percent cuts and so it is going to take a serious infusion of dollars to begin to restore these cuts and manage the loss of the Federal funding. State Board members will need to begin deciding on a draft for the budget proposal.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 12 contracts

Contracts under $25,000 – 10 contracts

Thursday, September 2, 2010

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

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance: Ms. Chris Greene

Approval of Minutes

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

  • ACRE Update- Ms. Angela Quick advised the Board that History, Health, PE, and Guidance essential standards are still under revision. The NC FALCON project is being implemented at the district level this year, with training for curriculum. This will support LEAs in developing formative assessments. Simulations are also being run on the Accountability Model.
  • Performance Navigator Update-Mr. Adam Levinson updated the Board on the release of the Performance Navigator 3. This will allow the SBE to see how students, schools, and districts are performing against the goals set by the SBE. More work will be done at the October Board retreat. There are three pages of targets. The Board set goals for graduation and the navigator showed these were exceed in the area of graduation targets (74.7 percent-5 years), though it was noted 25,000 still did not graduate last year. Staff will be updating the Navigator for RTT requirements and mapping the priorities of the divisions against the Board goals.

Information Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

  • GCS 3 Annual Report: State Advisory Council on Indian Education The Council serves as an important link in advising the State Board on issues pertinent to the education of American Indian students. The report contains data from the 2008-2009 academic year end-of-grade tests for American Indian students and compares them to statewide scores. The data continues to show disparities between American Indian students and other students. These disparities have persisted over the past five years and continue to be of great concern to the Council. The adoption of the Common Core Standards and revision of the state standards offer an opportunity to address those disparities through changes in the curriculum and more attention to the unique identifiers and status of the American Indian students in NC.
  • LFI 1 Plan for Statewide Assistance for Schools Upon adoption of the statewide ABCs test results the State Board receives information regarding resources needed to provide technical assistance to districts and schools who are struggling. In addition, to serving schools who are Low-Performing or in various levels of improvement based on No Child Left Behind, DPI is required to provide assistance to LEAs who are at the Corrective Action Level of District Improvement.  Judge Manning has also required assistance be provided to high schools with performance composites below 60. Beyond these schools and districts DPI provided specific assistance to Bertie, Richmond, Lexington City, Hertford, and Columbus in 2009-2010.  
  • Board Meeting: Dr. Ashley and Dr. Garland reviewed the status of the schools being served last year. Columbus has made such improvements they will not need any this coming school year unless they make specific requests to DPI. The High School performance composites of the lowest schools ranged from 20.6 percent-49.8 percent and with a great deal of hard work the high schools have raised this range to 38.5 percent 58.9 percent. RTT should help raise all schools but the bottom 5 percent will get the greatest attention. Sixty-six elementary schools will be served next year and 16 districts will get assistance. School Improvement Grants from federal funds were awarded earlier this year based on information prior to the availability of the test scores. A issue was raised about Alternative Schools and the Board was advised there will be a study across the state of these schools.

Consent Agenda

  • GCS 4 K-12 Arts Education and World Languages Essential Standards and Associated Policy Amendment  APPROVED by consent 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.  These Standards can be found at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/phase2/.
  • GCS 5 Changes to the 2009-20010 ABCs/AYP Results APPROVED changes to the 2009-2010 ABC’s/AYP Report.
  • Board Meeting: The AYP status of the following four schools was changed: two in Randolph, one in Hertford, and one in Mitchell all now having met AYP status, and two schools one in Madison and one in Mecklenburg had changes to ABCs status. An updated chart of changes was provided at the meeting as well as a list of Title I schools in various stages of school improvement based on their test scores. There are approximately 330 traditional and charter schools are on the list of Title I schools in School Improvement.  The list is available upon request.

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Action and Discussion Agenda

Superintendent’s Report

  • Dr. June Atkinson: Dr. Atkinson announced The Federal government has funded the two consortia NC has been involved with for developing assessments based on Common Core Standards. DPI is also waiting to hear on a federal Dropout Grant. Webinars will occur for RTT on September 20/21. Next, regional meetings will be held and by November 22 the LEAs should have provided DPI with their grant request for the RTT funds. The RTT funds should then go out to the districts, based on their approved grant requests. RTT funds are intended to build capacity in the States and school systems to improve educational process for students and improve their success. Other issues of importance include: NC is being recognized for its healthier schools efforts, Superintendent Quarterly meeting will be held on teacher effectiveness (how to measure) and teacher compensation. New superintendent orientation will be held for 17 superintendents in NC.

Chairman’s Remarks

  • Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman: Encourages local boards to use new Superintendent evaluation instruments approved by the SBE today.

New Business

The State Board voted unanimously to elect Bill Harrison Chairman and Wayne McDevitt Vice-Chairman for the next year.

Adjourn

Education Jobs Bill Overview and Highlights

August 13, 2010

President Obama signed into law the Education Jobs Bill on August 10, 2010. The bill sets up a new program to provide $10 billion in funding assistance to the States to save or create education jobs for the 2010-2011 school year. The program is intended to provide jobs in education and education related services for pre-K, elementary, and secondary education.

The program is authorized in Public School Law. No. 111-226. North Carolina is expected to receive $300 million in this program for education jobs.

The funds are to be used for costs that occur beginning August 10, 2010. An LEA that has funds still in their budget at the end of the 2010-2011 school year may use those through September 30, 2012.

The Governor will submit an application no later than September 9, 2010 to obtain the funds. USED expect to award the grants to the States within in two weeks of the Governor’s submission and USED approval of the application.

The State may reserve up to 2 percent of the funding for administrative costs to carry out the requirements of the program. The State must make the awards to the LEA in a timely basis so the funds may be used during the 2010-2011 school year and there are prohibitions in the law for the use of the funds by the State such as the State cannot use the funds to establish, restore or supplement the rainy day fund.

The State must distribute the funds to the LEAs in one of two ways and in cannot combine the two ways. One method is based on the distribution of the ARRA funds and the other based on the LEAs share of the title I funds for the most current year.

The Governor may not tell the LEAs how to use the funds. If the LEAs do not need the funds to recall or rehire former employees they may use the resources to pay for activities such as salaries and benefits for teacher who provide instructional services in after school and extended learning programs.

LEAs may also use the funds to restore salary reductions and implement salary increases. The funds may not be used for any period prior to August 10, 2010. The LEA may not sue the funds for contractual reasons unless the contract is for educational and related services with another LEA and only for salaries and benefits.

Further information can be obtained at the US Dept of Education web site:

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/educationjobsfund/applicant.html

Summary of August State Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday & Thursday, August 4/5, 2010

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

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

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (10:00 AM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

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

Committee Meeting: Brief Discussion.

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

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

Discussion

  • GCS 3 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The SBE discussed the new accountability model. The ACRE Assessment and Accountability Committee drafted a proposal for a new accountability model to address both K-8 and high school accountability. Components of the proposed model include student performance, value-added performance for teachers, schools and districts, long-term Longitudinal) growth, graduation rate, Future Ready Core and postsecondary readiness. This item will continue to be a part of the SBE agenda until it is ready for Action.

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

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

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

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Discussion

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

Committee Meeting: No further discussion.

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

Committee Meeting: No specific issues.

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

Committee Meeting: No further discussion.

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

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

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

Leadership for Innovation Committee (2:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

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

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

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

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

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

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

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

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

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

Discussion

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

Committee Discussion: No Further discussion.

Update on Contracts

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

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

New Business

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

Thursday, August 5, 2010

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

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance: Ms. Shirley Harris

Approval of Minutes

Special Recognition

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

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

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

Information Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

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

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Action and Discussion Agenda

Superintendent’s Report

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

Chairman’s Remarks

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

New Business

  • Approval of the 2011 SBE Meeting Schedule

Adjourn

Summary of 2010 Ratified Legislation: Senate Version

To view entire Bill click on Bill number or title.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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