Bill Summaries: S598 (2017-2018 Session)

  • Summary date: Apr 11 2017 - View summary

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

    Instead of enacting the new statutes under Article 29A of GS Chapter 116, enacts new statutes under new Part 4B of Article 1 of GS Chapter 116 and changes the numbers of the proposed statutes. Makes conforming changes.

  • Summary date: Apr 4 2017 - View summary

    Enacts Article 29A to GS Chapter 116, establishing the Future Teachers of North Carolina (FTNC) program to provide professional development and curricula for courses that provide a challenging introduction to teaching as a profession for high school students through courses offered by participating high schools in conjunction with college partners. Provides that the purpose of  the FTNC program is to encourage high-achieving high school students with strong academic, interpersonal, and leadership skills to consider teaching as a career. Establishes that FTNC courses are to include both content on pedagogy and the profession of teaching and field experiences for high school students.

    Enacts GS 116-239.5 to provide for oversight of FTNC. Locates the administration of FTNC in UNC General Administration. Directs the President to elect three constituent institutions with highly successful schools of education located in the western, central, and eastern regions of the State, respectively, to collaborate on development of curricula for FTNC and to provide professional development to high school teachers who will teach FTNC courses. Directs the three institutions to work with other constituent institutions and other institutions of higher education in the State to seek input in the development of curricula and professional development for FTNC, and to create a network of college faculty to provide support to high schools offering FTNC courses. 

    Encourages all high schools in the State to offer FTNC courses to students. Directs a high school to apply to offer FTNC courses with the geographically appropriate constituent institution overseeing FTNC and ensure that all teachers teaching FTNC courses have received appropriate training. Directs high schools to seek a partner institution of higher education to provide support from college faculty. Requires participating high schools to report demographic, survey, and other available outcome data to UNC General Administration as necessary for completion of the FTNC annual report required in GS 116-239.10, enacted below.

    Requires constituent institutions that partner with high schools to offer dual credit for high school students who successfully complete the FTNC course with a grade of B or higher, and encourages other institutions of higher education that partner with high schools to do the same. Directs constituent institutions, and encourages other institutions of higher education, to provide data annually to UNC General Administration on students who have received dual credit for completion of an FTNC course and student who applied for admission into an educator preparation program at a constituent institution who indicated in the application for admission that the student completed an FTNC course.

    Enacts GS 116-239.10, requiring UNC General Administration to annually report, beginning October 15, 2019, on six specifications concerning the FTNC program as provided by the statute.

    Directs UNC General Administration to report by October 15, 2018, on the number of site applications received, the number of teachers provided professional development, the number of local school administrative units and high schools offering FTNC, and the number of sections of the course being offered for the 2018-19 school year. 

    Appropriates $287,500 in recurring funds from the General Fund to the UNC Board of Governors for the 2017-18 fiscal year to establish and develop curricula and provide professional development for high school teachers for the FTNC program at three constituent institutions. 

    Effective July 1, 2017. Directs the selected constituent institutions to make available all site applications and provide professional development to high school teachers by February 1, 2018.