TEACHER LICENSURE/RETIRED EDUCATOR PROGRAM.

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House Bill 428 (Public) Filed Monday, March 29, 2021
AN ACT TO MAKE CHANGES TO TEACHER LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS AND TO EXTEND AND EXPAND THE PROGRAM TO ALLOW RETIRED EDUCATORS TO RETURN TO WORK IN HIGH-NEED SCHOOLS.
Intro. by Elmore, Brody, Miller, Clemmons.

Status: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate (Senate action) (May 6 2021)
H 428

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Apr 27 2021 - More information

    House committee substitute amends the 2nd edition as follows.

    Part I.

    Amends GS 115C-270.20(a)(5), which sets forth requirements for a residency license (class of teacher license), to refer to the governing board of a public school unit requesting the license rather than a local board of education. Applies beginning with applications submitted on or after the date the act becomes law. 

    Part II.

    Revises the proposed changes to GS 115C-302.4, amending the second of the two criteria set forth in the definition of high-need retired teacher, to include reemployment by a local board of education as an instructional support personnel exclusively at a high-need school or schools, or reemployment by the Innovative School District as a teacher employed on an annual contract for a term of no more than one school year as a school principal for an innovative school (was limited to reemployment by a local board as a teacher employed on an annual contract to provide classroom instruction exclusively at a high-need school or schools). Amends the proposed definition for school personnel to include licensed personnel classified as a principal. Expands the modified compensation set forth for high-need retired teachers, adding to the teacher salary schedule to set the salary of high-need retired teachers serving as the school principal of an innovative school at the base salary for a principal of a school with an average daily membership of 400 or less. Makes conforming changes.

    Makes conforming changes to GS 135-3(8)g., regarding the exclusion of earnings of a beneficiary of the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System while employed as a high-need retired teacher. Makes related conforming changes to Section 5 of SL 2019-110, as amended, regarding the prohibition against high-need retired teachers accruing any additional benefits under GS 135-3(8).


  • Summary date: Apr 20 2021 - More information

    House committee substitute amends the 1st edition as follows. 

    Part II.

    Revises the proposed changes to GS 115C-302.4, amending the definition of high-need retired teacher to require the beneficiary of the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System who meets the existing criteria be a school personnel rather than a teacher as proposed in the previous edition. Makes conforming changes to eliminate the addition of teacher to the defined terms. Adds and defines school personnel to mean a licensed personnel who is classified as a teacher or an instructional. 


  • Summary date: Mar 29 2021 - More information

    Identical to S 298, filed 3/15/21.

    Part I.

    Amends GS 115C-270.20 to make three-year limited licenses for teachers renewable. Requires for renewal that the local board of education evaluate the teacher's effectiveness every three years. Specifies that for teachers teaching subjects that use the Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS), the data must demonstrate that the teacher meets or exceeds expectations of growth. Applies to any teacher who holds a nonrenewable limited license as of the date this act becomes law and beginning with applications submitted on or after the date this act becomes law.

    Requires the State Board of Education (Board), in consultation with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC), to develop an alternative to the examination requirements for converting from an initial professional license (IPL) and a residency license (RL) to a continuing professional license (CPL). Requires the alternative to include a process to accommodate different circumstances in which the examination may not be required or be the most appropriate or efficient pathway of evaluating a teacher's readiness or effectiveness. Requires the Board, in consultation with DPI and PEPSC, to examine issues related to licensure classes and teacher salary. Requires the Board, in consultation with those same entities, to report to the specified NCGA committee by February 15, 2022, on (1) the development of the alternative to examination requirements, (2) any proposed salary incentives tied to classes of licensure, and (3) any legislative changes needed for implementation of the recommendations.

    Part II.

    Extends the expiration of SL 2019-110, which allows retired teachers to return to work in high-need schools, until June 30, 2024 (was, 2021). Makes the same extension for the expiration of Section 7 of SL 2019-212, which made a number of clarifying changes to who was considered a high-need retired teacher and to their retirement.

    Amends GS 115C-302.4 by amending the definition of high-need retired teacher to no longer require that they provide classroom instruction, only that they be reemployed as a teacher. Adds and defines the term teacher as licensed personnel who are classified as teachers or instructional support personnel. Amends the salary requirement for high-need retired teachers by adding that a school psychologist, a school speech pathologist licensed as a speech pathologist at the master's degree level or higher, and a school audiologist who is licensed as an audiologist at the master's degree level or higher, must be paid on the sixth step of the teacher salary schedule.

    Amends Section 5 of SL 2019-110 by making conforming changes by removing references to teaching.

    This part expires June 30, 2024.


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