Education Committee Meeting Today at 10:00am

Live audio stream of committee meetings can be accessed by clicking the link below:

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

The above link will direct you to the Legislature’s audio page – which has a few different options.

For today’s 10:00am meeting, select:

FINANCE COMMITTEE ROOM AUDIO (Rm 544)

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.

 

Lame-Duck Congress to Face Education Issues

K-12 Spending, Race to the Top Extension Still On Table

By Alyson Klein of Education Week

When the dust settles from the midterm elections, federal lawmakers—the re-elected and losers alike—will head back to Washington for a lame-duck session with a long to-do list that could have broad implications for education policy over the next year.

Congress left town without finishing the U.S. Department of Education’s spending bill for fiscal 2011, which officially began Oct. 1. Right now, all programs in the department are being financed at fiscal 2010 levels through a stopgap measure that expires Dec. 3.

Lawmakers have several options for resolving the looming budget question, including the fate of Obama administration priorities, in a session that could begin as early as mid-November.

Advocates say their game plan may hinge on the outcome of this week’s midterm elections, which were expected to bolster Republican numbers in Congress, and could result in the GOP taking control of one or both houses of Congress, said Reginald M. Felton, the director of federal relations for the Alexandria, Va.-based National School Boards Association.

Differing Versions

Over the summer, the Senate Appropriations Committee and a House appropriations subcommittee approved separate versions of an education spending measure for fiscal 2011.

It’s unclear whether Congress will pass the fiscal 2011 education spending bill as a standalone measure, or whether lawmakers will decide to combine it with a number of other appropriations bills in an omnibus spending measure.

And it is not certain that the spending bills will even be completed in the lame-duck session, said Joel Packer, the executive director of the Committee for Education, a lobbying coalition in Washington.

Republicans emboldened by the election results could put pressure on Democrats to hold off on passing bills until January when the GOP could flex new legislative muscle. Congress could also pass a yearlong, stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution, which would finance most programs at 2010 levels.

Each chamber’s current version of the spending bill would extend for another year the Obama administration’s signature education initiative—the $4.35 billion Race to the Top program—which rewards states for making progress on teacher quality, common academic standards, assessments, and other areas.

The Race to the Top program was initially created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which passed last winter and covered just two years.

But while both versions would extend the program, neither would give the administration the $1.35 billion it asked for in its budget request. Released last February, it also sought to open the program up to school districts.

The Senate included $675 million for the program and would allow school districts to be included in the grant competition. The House panel would fund it at $800 million. It is unclear whether the House would also allow districts to participate, since many of the details of that chamber’s bill haven’t been released publicly.

The Senate bill also includes a new $300 million for an Early Learning Challenge Fund to encourage states to improve their early-childhood education programs. Democratic leaders tried to get a much bigger version of that program into a bill to overhaul the student-loan program, but it was stripped out. It is uncertain whether the House bill includes a similar spending item.

Nutrition, Taxes

It’s also unclear how Congress will cope with a $5.7 billion shortfall in the Pell Grant program, which helps low-income students attend college. The program faces a funding gap in part because more students have been returning to school to boost their skills during the economic downturn. The shortfall could be dealt with through the education bills, if they are passed in the lame-duck session.

Lawmakers may also take up reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. The proposed $4.5 billion Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, sponsored by Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., was passed by the Senate in August. The House bill passed out of committee but has not been taken up for a vote by the full chamber. (“Conservative Candidates Take Aim at Federal K-12 Role,” July 14, 2010.)

Some advocates don’t want the Senate measure to pass unchanged because the 10-year bill would offset its proposed spending increases in part by cutting $2.2 billion from food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or snap. Both the food-stamp and school meals programs are run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The School Nutrition Association, in Oxon Hill, Md., is hoping the House will take up the Senate’s version of the bill.

“Our biggest concern is the longer the [wait], the tighter the financial constraints for Congress and for the program,” said Diane Pratt-Heavner, a spokeswoman for the association.

Congress may also consider a variety of tax-related legislation, including extending the so-called teacher tax deduction, which helps educators purchase supplies for their classrooms, and the Build America Bonds, which was created under the ARRA and which some districts have used to help pay for school facilities.

Lawmakers could also take up the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which helps students cover the cost of college.

But there’s one piece of highly anticipated legislation that Congress almost certainly won’t be taking up in the lame-duck session: the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

In March, President Barack Obama called on Congress to reauthorize the law this year, releasing a blueprint for its overhaul, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his staff spent hours reaching out to lawmakers on Capitol Hill to try to get support for the renewal.

Lawmakers in both chambers held hearings on issues including teacher quality, academic standards, and efforts to turn around low-performing schools. But neither the House nor the Senate education committees introduced a bill, and further action isn’t expected until 2011 at the earliest.

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

Gov. Perdue Establishes the Governor’s Education Transformation Commission

Gov. Bev Perdue signed Executive Order 65 Monday, establishing the Governor’s Education Transformation Commission which will advise the Governor and provide oversight on the use of the Race to the Top funds and coordinate the use of these funds in order to implement the Career and College: Ready, Set, Go! Initiative across North Carolina.

“Part of my pledge for Ready, Set, Go! is that every student, no matter where he or she lives, will have access to a quality education. The Education Transformation Commission will help to coordinate and streamline efforts toward that goal,” said Perdue.

The Governor appointed Dr. Bill Harrison, chair of the State Board of Education, and the Governor’s Advisor for Education Transformation as the chair of the Commission.

%d bloggers like this: