House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Amends the membership of the Opportunity Gap Task Force (Task Force) to allow the Governor's Senior Education Advisor's designee to serve in his or her place and replaces the Executive Director of NC Child with the Executive Director of the NC Association of Public Charter Schools or his designee. Instead, adds that the Task Force must extend invitation to receive input from the Executive Director of NC Child, the President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, or their designees, and the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Updates the total listed number of Task Force members. Adds to the items that the Task Force must consider in its study the effective access to and use of technology, including connectivity for students and their families, devices, and software. Changes the due date of the final report to December 1, 2020 (was, September 1, 2020), and makes conforming changes to the date of the termination of the Task Force.
Bill H 895 (2019-2020)Summary date: Apr 30 2019 - View summary
Bill H 895 (2019-2020)Summary date: Apr 17 2019 - View summary
Creates a 13-member Opportunity Gap Task Force (Task Force). Members are to include three representatives and three senators appointed by the Speaker of the House and President Pro Tem respectively, and other members are to include the President of the NC System of Community Colleges and the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Directs the Task Force to study the opportunity gap, approaches to closing the gap in grades K-12, and plans to reduce it for described subgroups by July 1, 2030. Enumerates 12 elements to be considered in the study, including teacher development and innovative budgeting. Lists 12 entities invited to provide input to the Task Force, including parents, principals, and teachers affected by the opportunity gap and organizations that have demonstrated success in dealing with the opportunity gap. Sets out meeting, quorum, and other administrative requirements. Requires that the Task Force report to the specified NCGA committee by September 1, 2020. The Task Force is to terminate on the earlier of the filing of the final report or September 1, 2020.