AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR A DROPOUT PREVENTION AND RECOVERY PILOT PROGRAM WITH A CHARTER SCHOOL AND TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO REPORT ON UTILIZATION OF PERSONNEL CONTRACTS. Enacted August 6, 2014. Effective August 6, 2014.
Summary date: Aug 14 2014 - View summary
Senate amendment deletes provisions for an alternative funding model for the charter school participating in the Dropout Prevention and Recovery Pilot Program and requires the allotments to be adjusted on the basis of the average daily membership in the fifth month of the school year.
The deleted provision directed the State Board of Education to provide additional funding from the Average Daily Membership Contingency Reserve for the participating charter school if its average daily membership (ADM) in the fifth month exceeded its ADM in the first month by at least 20 percent and directed that the Pilot Program charter school receive a one-time payment in an amount calculated based on the difference between the ADM over the first five months of the school year and the first month ADM multiplied by the average per pupil allocation for ADM from the local school administrative allotments in which the Pilot Program charter school is located, multiplied by 56 percent.
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.
Directs the SBE to establish a two-year Dropout Prevention and Recovery Pilot Program (Pilot Program). Requires the SBE to select one charter school that has been approved by the SBE under GS 115C-238.29D to provide the educational services and programming for the Pilot Program (was, directed the SBE to establish a Pilot Program in Mecklenburg County and select three charter schoolsapproved by the SBE under GS 115C-238.29Dto provide the educational services and programming for the Pilot Program).
Amends the student eligibility requirements to participate in the Pilot Program to provide that eligible students include both high school students who have (1) dropped out of high school or (2) transferred from their high school to the Pilot Program charter school. Defineshigh schoolto include ninth through twelfth grades for the purposes of this section. Provides that the decision to transfer to the charter school is to be made by the student if the student is age 18 or older or by the student's parents or guardians.
Requires the charter school that participates in the Pilot Program to develop and implement an alternative accountability model that meets the guidelines adopted by the SBE for alternative learning programs under GS 115C-12(24).
Requires that in addition to the allotments and adjustments made for charter schools as provided in GS 115C-238.29H, for the charter school in the Pilot Program the allotment must also be adjusted on the basis of average daily membership (ADM) in the fifth month of the school year.Also includes additional specifications regarding an alternative funding model for the Pilot Program's participating charter school.
Allows existing charter schools meeting the criteria as provided in this section to apply for the Pilot Program no later than August 31, 2014. Directs the SBE to select a charter school to participate in the Pilot Program for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years by September 30, 2014. Directs the SBE to report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee (JLEOC) by March 15, 2016, on the outcomes of the Pilot Program. Directs the JLEOC to report to the 2016 Session of the 2015 General Assembly on the legislation necessary to implement the Pilot Program in alternative schools serving students who have dropped out of high school. Provides that the Pilot program starts with the 2014-15 school year and concludes at the end of the 2015-16 school year.
Makes conforming changes to the short title and the long title of the act to reflect the changes in the bill content.
Senate Amendment #3 make the following changes to the 4th edition, as amended.
Adds a section requiring the State Board of Education and the Charter Schools Advisory Board to report jointly to the General Assembly by December 15, 2014, on the utilization of contracts for personnel services by local boards of education and charter school boards of directors. Requires the report to indicate the purposes and extent of contracts prevalent in each local school administrative district and charter schools statewide.
Makes conforming changes to the act's title.
Housecommittee substitutemakes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Repeals SL 2011-259, which was amended in the 1st edition, to select four charter schools, with at least one located in Mecklenburg County, in whichto establish Dropout Prevention and Recovery Pilot Programs. Instead, directs the State Board of Education (SBE) to approve and select three charter schools to provide the educational services and programming and to establish a Dropout Prevention and Recovery Pilot Program (DPRP) in Mecklenburg County. Sets out requirements for the program substantively identical to the proposed language in the first edition, with changes indicated below. Requires that all teachers employed by the participating charter schools must be licensed teachers under GS 115C-296.
Clarifies that course content, online courses, and student performance data must be in compliance withstate lawand the Department of Public Instruction's policies. Directs the charter schools in the pilot to use the SBE's Ready Accountability Model and to follow current charter school funding guidelines under GS 115C-238.29H with the following three exceptions during the initial operation of the participating charter schools: (1) an increase in enrollment is not a material revision to the charter school's application, (2) funding for the charter schools will be based on the projected average daily membership (ADM)anticipated for the final month of the upcoming school year, but there will be an adjustment to the allotment based on the first month's actual ADM and any reductions to the allotment will be transferred to the ADM Contingency Reserve, and (3) additional funding to a charter school for increased ADM would come from funds that had reverted to the ADM Contingency Reserve.
Requires the SBE to report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee on the implementation and success of the pilot program on or before October 15, 2015 (was, March 15, 2014).
Amends the title. Deletes the appropriation of $1 million in recurring funds from the General Fund to the SBE for the purpose of providing additional funds for the ADM Contingency Reserve.
Effective whenthe actbecomes law and applies to the 2014-15 school year (was, applies to schools selected by the SBE on or after July 1, 2013).
House amendment makes the following change to the 2nd edition. Requires that the individualized graduation plans that must be provided by the pilot programare to include the State Board of Education approved career, college, or career and college endorsements as appropriate.
Summary date: Apr 16 2013 - View summary
Amends SL 2011-259, providing that the State Board of Education (Board) will implement a Dropout Prevention and Recovery Pilot Program in New Hanover County Schools and three other local school administrative units selected by the Board. The Board will also select four charter schools approved by the Board under GS 115C-238.29D, providing that at least one will be located in Mecklenburg County, to implement the programs (previously, there was only a three-year Dropout Recovery Pilot Program in the New Hanover County Schools and three other local school administrative units). Makes conforming changes to reflect the additional characteristics.
Provides that the participating schools must be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Expands minimum educational related criteria that the pilot program must provide, including, but not limited to, instructional models that are self-paced and mastery-based and individualized graduation plans to guide students to graduation with a standard high school diploma.
Deletes Section 5 of SL 2011-259, which provided for the collection and compilation of data and student performance results. Enacts a new Section 5A of SL 2011-259, which provides for the gathering of student performance data in order to be analyzed in accordance with Board policies on the accountability model provided for alternative learning programs. Provides that this data will also be used as a basis to report on the success of the pilot program to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee (Committee) as well as for future funding decisions about the pilot program.
Directs the Board to provide funds available in the ADM Contingency Reserve for an additional per pupil funding allotment to local school administrative units to transfer schools in the pilot program or to participating charter schools in the program that demonstrate an average daily membership which is at least 30% higher than the average daily membership of the first month of the school year. The allotments will be made on a non-discretionary basis and will be based on the December average daily membership. If the Board does not have sufficient funds available, the Board can use funds appropriated to the State Aid for Public Schools.
Provides that the pilot program will be operated through the Board, a charter school authorized by the Board, or as a program of the contracting local school administrative unit. Provides that SL 2011-259 will be effective July 1, 2013.
Directs the Board to report to the Committee on the implementation and success of the pilot programs on or before March 15, 2014.
Appropriates from the General Fund to the Board $1 million in recurring funds to provide additional funds for the ADM Contingency Reserve.
Act is effective when it becomes law and applies to schools selected by the Board on or after July 1, 2013.