Applies beginning with the 2019-20 school year until the end of the 2022-23 school year. Sunsets June 30, 2023.
Adds to the circumstances under which the State Board of Education (State Board) can grant waivers for K-3 grade excess class size under GS 115C-301, to include, for a waiver that would apply to all K-3 grade classes in a local unit: (1) a shortage of qualified, licensed teachers available to teach in a grade level for the number of classrooms required at each school and/or (2) inadequate classroom space or facilities that would require facility expansion, construction, or relocation.
Makes a local board of education granted a waiver for all K-3 grade class sizes in a local school administrative unit by the State Board pursuant to subdivision (g)(6), as enacted, ineligible for funds from the allotment program enhancement teacher positions for K-5 grades for the fiscal year in which the local board receives the waiver. Allows local administrative units to use classroom teacher positions to hire program enhancement teachers. Effective July 1, 2021, only allows local boards to use the allotment for classroom teachers for grades K-12 to hire program enhancement teachers in K-5 grade for the fiscal year in which the local board receives the waiver.
Bill S 397 (2019-2020)Summary date: Mar 27 2019 - View summary