Bill Summaries: H377 (2019-2020 Session)

Tracking:
  • Bill H 377
    Summary date: Oct 23 2019 - View summary

    Senate committee substitute deletes the provisions of the 3rd edition and now provides the following.

    Part I.

    Effective July 1, 2019, appropriates from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) $16.3 million in recurring funds for each fiscal year of the 2019-21 fiscal biennium to provide legislatively mandated salary increases for principals authorized by the act. Deems departmental receipts appropriated each year up to the amounts needed to implement the salary increases.  

    Part II.

    Sets forth a monthly salary schedule for licensed personnel classified as teachers for the 2019-20 fiscal year, based on years of experience, ranging from $3,500 to $5,200. Additionally sets forth salary supplements for licensed teachers who have NBPTS certification (12%), are classified as "M" teachers (10%), have licensure based on academic preparation at the six-year degree level ($126 over the supplement provided to "M" teachers), have licensure based on academic preparation at the doctoral degree level ($253 over the supplement provided to "M" teachers), and certified nurses (10%), as specified.

    Requires that the first step of the salary schedule for school psychologists, school speech pathologists licensed at the master's degree level or higher, and school audiologists licensed at the master's degree level or higher, must be equivalent to the sixth step of the "A" salary schedule. Provides for a 10% salary supplement. Deems these employees eligible to receive salary supplements equivalent to those of teachers for academic preparation at the six-year degree level or the doctoral degree level.

    Requires that the twenty-sixth step of the salary schedule for school psychologists, school speech pathologists licensed at the master's degree level or higher, and school audiologists licensed at the master's degree level or higher, must be 7.5% higher than the salary received by these same employees on the twenty-fifth step of the salary schedule.

    Provides that in lieu of the amounts of annual longevity payments to teachers paid on the teacher salary schedule, beginning with the 2014-15 fiscal year, the amounts of those longevity payments are included in the monthly amounts under the teacher salary schedule.

    Details teacher compensation for the 2019-20 school year based on either the applicable salary schedule or whether the teacher was eligible for longevity pay for the 2013-14 school year, with the compensation amount determined to be the greater amount. Provides that teacher includes instructional support personnel.

    Requires a highly qualified graduate employed by a local board of education to receive a monthly salary supplement at the highest qualifying level for the 2019-21 fiscal biennium. Defines highly qualified graduate to mean an individual entering the teaching profession and hired on or after July 1, 2019, who has graduated from an approved educator preparation program located in the state and meets specified GPA and assessment score criteria. Details salary supplement amounts and provides increased amounts for teachers initially employed in low-performing schools and those licensed and employed to teach in the areas of special education, science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Limits the scope of the provisions to highly qualified graduates hired on or after July 1, 2019, and entering the teaching profession in the 2019-21 fiscal biennium. 

    Sets forth the annual principal salary schedule for the 2019-20 fiscal year, with placement based on the average daily membership of the respective school and school growth scores in two of the last three school years. Sets the base salary range from $68,125 to $85,156, with increases provided for meeting or exceeding expected growth, as specified. Details parameters for determining average daily membership and growth scores. 

    Provides that in lieu of the amounts of annual longevity payments to principals paid on the principal salary schedule, beginning with the 2017-18 fiscal year, the amounts of those longevity payments are included in the monthly amounts under the principal salary schedule.

    Details principal compensation for the 2019-20 school year based on either the applicable salary schedule or whether the principal was eligible for longevity pay for the 2016-17 fiscal year, with the compensation amount determined to be the greater amount.

    Amends GS 115C-105.25, concerning local board of educations' budget flexibility. Regarding transferring funds allocated for school building administration, now requires funds related to principal positions to be transferred based on the first step of the base column of the principal salary schedule (was, the first step of the Principal III Salary Schedule), and funds related to assistant principal months of employment to be transferred based on the first step of the "A" teachers' salary schedule at the salary level for assistant principals (was, the first step of the Assistant Principal Salary Schedule). 

    Sets forth a principal bonus schedule for the 2019-20 fiscal year, limiting eligibility to any principal who supervised a school as principal for the majority of the previous school year if that school was in the top 50% of school growth in the state for the previous school year. Sets the bonus range from $1,000 to $15,000 based on the statewide growth percentage. Limits receipt to one bonus under the subsection, and requires the principal to receive the highest amount for which the principal qualifies. Clarifies that the bonus is in addition to any regular wage or other bonus the principal receives or is scheduled to receive. Provides that the bonus is not compensation under Article 1 of GS Chapter 135, the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System (TSERS). Excludes from eligibility principals no longer employed or whose last workday is prior to November 1, 2019. States legislative intent that funds provided will supplement compensation and not supplant local funds. Requires payment by November 30, 2019, to qualifying principals employed as of November 1, 2019.

    Enacts GS 115C-285.1, requiring DPI to establish the Principal Recruitment Supplement Program (Program) to provide significant, time-limited salary supplements to qualifying principals who accept employment as principals of qualifying schools, subject to the availability of funds. Defines qualifying principal to mean a principal paid on the "exceeded growth column" of the principal salary schedule. Defines qualifying school to mean an eligible school selected by DPI to participate in the Program. Defines an eligible school to mean a low-performing school that received an overall school performance score that placed it in the bottom 5% of all schools in the state in the prior school year. Establishes the annual salary supplement to be $30,000, paid on a monthly basis, as long as the principal is employed as the principal of that school, up to a maximum of 36 months. Provides for limitations regarding future supplements or instances in which the principal no longer qualifies or the school is no longer eligible. Clarifies that the supplement is not compensation under TSERS. Details a timeline for the Program, including notification of eligibility, selection for participation, execution of applicable contracts, and beginning of qualifying employment. Requires all qualifying principals to begin employment at the applicable qualifying school by August 1, 2020, and annually thereafter. Requires DPI to award funds in the event an eligible employer is unable. Clarifies that the supplements are not to be used to supplant State and non-State funds already provided for principal compensation. Establishes annual reporting requirements, beginning March 15, 2021, for DPI to report to the specified NCGA committee and division on the Program, including the content specified. 

    Provides that for the 2019-20 fiscal year, assistant principals are to receive a monthly salary based on the "A" teacher salary schedule plus 19%, with placement based on total years of experience as a certified employee of the public schools. Deems an administrator with a one-year provisional assistant principal's certificate equivalent to an assistant principal. 

    Requires assistant principals with certification based on academic preparation at the six-year degree level to be paid a salary supplement of $126 per month, and at the doctoral degree level to be paid a salary supplement of $253 per month.

    Provides for a 10-month stipend for participants in an approved full-time master's in-school administration program. Details limitations and required certification.

    Provides that in lieu of the amounts of annual longevity payments to assistant principals paid on the assistant principal salary schedule, beginning with the 2017-18 fiscal year, the amounts of those longevity payments are included in the monthly amounts provided to assistant principals pursuant to the act. 

    Details assistant principal compensation for the 2019-20 school year based on either the applicable salary determined by the act or whether the principal was eligible for longevity pay for the 2016-17 fiscal year, with the compensation amount determined to be the greater amount.

    Part III.

    Requires employees of schools operated by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Public Safety, and the State Board of Education who are paid on the teacher salary schedule to be paid as authorized herein.

    Part IV. 

    Excludes from the legislatively mandated salary increases principals who are no longer employed or whose last work day is prior to June 30, 2019. Provides that payroll checks issued to employees after July 1, 2019, that represent payment of services provided prior to July 1, 2019, are not eligible for salary increases for principals provided in the act for the 2019-20 fiscal year. 

    Provides that the act prevails in the event its provisions conflict with GS 143C-5-4 (State Budget Act). 

    Repeals Sections 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 3.1, 4.1, 7B.5, and 7B.5A of HB 966 (Appropriations Act of 2019) if that act becomes law. 

    Effective July 1, 2019.

    Makes conforming changes to the act's titles.


  • Summary date: Apr 1 2019 - View summary

    House committee substitute to the 2nd edition makes the following changes. 

    Regarding the components of the Statewide Testing Program set forth in GS 115C-174.11, as amended, exempts from the provisions any identification or evaluation by a local board of education under Articles 9 (Children with Chemical Dependency) or 9B (Academically or Intellectually Gifted Students) of GS Chapter 115C.


  • Summary date: Mar 26 2019 - View summary

    House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. 

    Deletes the requirement that the State Board of Education (Board) adopt a policy to require local school administrative units assess teacher performance and professional growth in the manner described. 

    Requires that the End-of-Grade (EOG) tests for grades three through eight be replaced with a through-grade assessment model with three interim assessments similar to NC Check-Ins in grades 3-8 three times per school year, to be administered by the specified dates (was, required administration of NC Check-Ins in those grades three time per school year). Provides for an average of the combined scores for at least two of the through-grade assessments to constitute the annual assessment for grades 3-8, which is governed by Subchapter IV of GS Chapter 115C, Educational Program. Make conforming changes to the assessment for science for grade five and eight and for reading for third grade. 

    Requires that the End-of Course (EOC) tests (was, end of grade tests) for grades 9-12. Adds that for school performance grades issued based on data from the 2019-20 school year, the career readiness indicated in GS 115C-83.15(b)(2)f and GS 115C-83.16(a)(2)b.4 must not be considered in calculating school performance grades. 

    Adds and modifies the effective dates in Section 3 of the act as follows. Makes the replacement of grade 9-12 EOCs with the ACT or other recognized assessment, and the changes to GS 115C-174.11(4) concerning the adoption of a nationally recognized assessment of high school achievement and college readiness, effective January 1, 2020, applicable beginning with testing administered for the 2020-21 school year. Makes the elimination of ACT WorkKeys and the repeal of GS 115C-174.25 effective when they become law, applicable beginning with the 2019-20 school year. Makes the changes to GS 115C-83.15(b)(2) and GS 115C-83.16(a)(2) effective January 1, 2021, applicable beginning with school performance grades issued based on data from the 2020-21 school year. Makes the change to GS 116-11, concerning information included on transcripts, effective July 1, 2020, applicable beginning with students entering their junior year in the 2020-21 school year. 


  • Summary date: Mar 18 2019 - View summary

    Part I

    Directs the State Board of Education (Board) to eliminate the use of the NC Final Exam as part of the statewide testing program. Directs the Board to adopt a policy to require local school administrative units assess teacher performance and professional growth in the manner described. Applies beginning with the 2019-20 school year.

    Part II

    Directs the Board to eliminate the use of End-of-Grade (EOG) tests for grades three through eight, and instead adopt a policy to require administration of NC Check-Ins in those grades three time per school year in the manner described. Provides for an averaged score earned from NC Check-In 2 and NC Check-In 3 to constitute the annual assessment for grades three through eight, which is governed by Subchapter IV of GS Chapter 115C, Educational Program. Directs the State Board to make necessary adjustments to currently developed NC Check-Ins.

    Directs the Board to develop NC Check-Ins for science for grade five and grade eight, and for reading for grade three. Provides special rules for third graders' demonstration of reading proficiency, averaged from the NC Check-In 2 and NC Check-In 3 scores.

    Authorizes policies regarding participation in the NCEXTEND1 alternative assessment to be applied in the same manner as prior to the enactment of the act, and authorizes the Board to continue the use of NCEXTEND1 for students with disabilities, as appropriate. 

    Directs the Board to review existing testing security policies with respect to NC Check-Ins and revise them as necessary to provide for as secure a testing environment as required by federal law or as a condition of a federal grant. Prohibits requiring testing security measures in excess of those required for federal compliance.

    Amends GS 115C-81.36, regarding advanced courses in mathematics, to enroll students scoring at a level that denotes superior command of knowledge and skill in their most recently enrolled course in the next advanced mathematics course for their next course.

    Makes conforming changes to GS 115C-105.41 and GS 115C-276.

    Applies beginning with testing administered for the 2022-23 school year. 

    Part III

    Directs the Board of eliminate End-of-Cource (EOC) tests for grades nine through 12. Deems the nationally recognized assessment of high school achievement and college readiness or an alternate assessment administered to all students in grade 11 pursuant to GS 115C-174.11(c)(4) , as amended, to constitute the State-mandated testing in grades nine through 12 required by GS 115C-174.11(c)(1) (intended). Directs the State Board to eliminate the required administration of ACT WorkKeys for career and technical education students. Authorizes policies regarding participation in the NCEXTEND1 alternative assessment to be applied in the same manner as prior to the enactment of the act, and authorizes the State Board to continue the use of NCEXTEND1 for students with disabilities, as appropriate. 

    Makes conforming changes to GS 115C-83.15 (concerning the calculation of student achievement scores), GS 115C-83.16 (regarding academic indicators as part of school performance indicators for the purpose of compliance with federal law), GS 115C-174.11 (regarding the adoption of an annual testing program) and GS 116-11 (regarding the Department of Public Instruction generating standardized transcripts for local administrative units to use for applicants to higher education institutions).

    Repeals GS 115C-174.25 which required, as funding was available, local school administrative units to make available the appropriate WorkKeys tests for students who completed a concentration in career and technical education courses. Effective August 1, 2019.

    Applies to testing beginning with testing administered for the 2019-20 school year. 

    Part IV

    Amends GS 115C-174.11, as amended, by requiring local school administrative units to use the tests provided to them by the Board and prohibits requiring any additional standardized tests.

    Amends the Board’s responsibilities under GS 115C-174.12 by requiring that the policies established by the Board include a prohibition on subjecting students to field tests or national tests during the two-week period preceding the administration a state-mandated NC Check-In, a state-mandated nationally recognized assessment of high school achievement and college readiness, or the school's regularly scheduled final exams. Makes conforming changes by deleting provisions related requirement for each local board of education to notify the State Board of any local standardized testing to be administered to students at the local board of education’s discretion.

    Repeals GS 115C-174.15, which required local boards of education to provide results on standardized tests required by the local board to specified individuals.

    Applies beginning with testing administered for the 2019-20 school year.

    Part V

    Amends GS 115C-47, concerning the powers and duties of local boards of education by adding that students must not be required to complete a high school graduation project as a condition of graduation from high school; also specifies that requirements for graduation must be connected only to the completion of required courses. Makes conforming changes to GS 115C-12. Applies beginning with the 2019-20 school year.

    Part VI

    Except as otherwise indicated, effective when the bill becomes law.