MODIFY DRIVER EDUCATION PROGRAM.

View NCGA Bill Details2011-2012 Session
Senate Bill 339 (Public) Filed Monday, March 14, 2011
TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FISCAL AND TECHNICAL OVERSIGHT OF THE DRIVER EDUCATION PROGRAM, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM EVALUATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.
Intro. by Hartsell.

Status: Ch. SL 2011-334 (Senate Action) (Jun 27 2011)
S 339/S.L. 2011-334

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Jun 30 2011 - More information

    AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ADOPT A SALARY RANGE FOR THE DELIVERY OF DRIVER EDUCATION COURSES BY PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES. Summarized in Daily Bulletin 3/14/11, 3/31/11, 4/4/11, and 6/15/11. Enacted June 27, 2011. Effective July 1, 2011.


  • Summary date: Jun 15 2011 - More information

    House committee substitute completely deletes substance of 3rd edition and makes the following changes. Rewrites GS 115C-215(d) (enacted by section 28.37(a) of the Appropriations Act of 2011 (H 200)) to direct the State Board of Education to adopt a salary range for the delivery of driver education courses by driver education instructors who are public school employees, based on the instructor’s qualifications, certification, and licensure. Makes bill effective July 1, 2011. Makes conforming changes to the bill title.


  • Summary date: Apr 4 2011 - More information

    Senate amendments make the following changes to 2nd edition.
    Clarifies GS 115C-215(d), directing the State Board of Education to adopt a salary range for driver education instructors who are public school employees and are not licensed teachers (was, public school employees without teacher certificates). Makes a conforming change. Adds a new section to make conforming changes to GS 20-11(b) (pertaining to a limited learner’s permit) and GS 20-322(b) (pertaining to the driver training school licensing law).


  • Summary date: Mar 31 2011 - More information

    Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to 1st edition.
    Amends GS 115C-215(b) to add the requirement of at least one hour of motorcycle safety awareness training to the driver education curriculum. Makes a technical change. Amends GS 115C-215(c) to add that the strategic plan, established by the State Board of Education (SBE), must also outline specific roles and duties of an advisory committee comprised of individuals from the Division of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Public Instruction, and other stakeholders in driver education. Clarifies that the plan must, at a minimum, include goals and performance indicators, including the number of program participants compared to the number of persons projected to be eligible to participate, and the success rate of participants. Makes a clarifying change. Directs the SBE to make all reports to specified committees by June 15, 2012 (was, February 15, 2012).


  • Summary date: Mar 14 2011 - More information

    Deletes subsections (a), (b), and (b1) from GS 20-88.1 (Driver education). Moves those deleted subsections to GS 115C-215 with changes as follows. Directs the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (Superintendent), in accordance with criteria and standards approved by the State Board of Education (SBE), to organize and administer a standardized driver education program to be offered at the public high schools of the state to students meeting age and additional specified requirements who are enrolled in a public or private school within the state (was, required a program of driver training and safety to be organized under the general supervision of the Superintendent). Directs the SBE to establish and implement a strategic plan for the driver education program. Specifies that the strategic plan must at minimum include goals and performance indicators and identifies those which must be addressed. Further amends GS 20-88.1 to clarify that the expenses incurred by the driver education program administered by DPI under GS 115C-215, as amended, are to be paid out of the Highway Fund. Makes conforming and technical changes to GS 20-88.1.
    Amends GS 115C-216 to direct local boards of education to offer in high schools noncredit driver education courses that use the standardized curriculum provided by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) (was, required the SBE and local boards of education to provide a course of training and instruction in the operation of motor vehicles in the state’s public high schools). Makes a conforming change.
    Directs the SBE to report to the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee by July 15, 2011, on the status of implementation of Section 7.12 of SL 2010-31, which mandates the creation of a standard curriculum to be used for the driver education program in DPI. Prohibits the use of state funds for the 2011-12 school year for driver education programs that do not use the standard driver education curriculum created in accordance with Section 7.12 of SL 2010-31.
    Directs the SBE to establish a pilot program, consisting of at least five local school administrative units, to use electronic means to deliver driver education. Provides that funds appropriated for driver education are to be used to implement the pilot program. Requires the SBE to report by February 15, 2012, on the implementation of the pilot program to the Joint Education Oversight Committee and the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee (Committees) and specifies that the report is to contain (1) the cost per student of the program and (2) the success rate of participants in receiving a driver’s license. Also directs the SBE to report by February 15, 2012, to the Committees on (1) the most cost-effective method of providing driver education and (2) the strategic plan adopted by the SBE in accordance with GS 115C-215, as amended.


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