AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES FOR TEACHERS.
Includes whereas clauses. Adds to the duties of the State Board of Education (State Board) set out in GS 115C-12 to require the State Board to offer at least five professional development courses for teachers in local school administrative units. Requires consultation with the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission. Requires each course to based on at least one of the three specified instructional models, which include: (1) instructor-led, asynchronous learning with live class sessions with enrollment limited to 25 to 35 participants; (2) self-paced, asynchronous learning, with enrollment permitted to exceed 35 participants; and (3) office hours and question and answer sessions lectures limited to 15 minutes.
Appropriates $350,310 in nonrecurring funds from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction for the 2020-21 fiscal year to develop and implement the professional development courses, including costs for on-site equipment and personnel, registrations, technical support, and hosting fees.
Reenacts and incorporates by reference the provisions of GS Chapter 143C, the State Budget Act. Provides for the continued validity of any 2019 legislation expressly appropriating funds to an agency, department or institution covered under the act unless expressly repealed or amended by the act. Provides that this act supersedes any conflicting provision of HB 966 (Appropriations Act of 2019) or the specified Committee Report if that act becomes law.
Effective July 1, 2020.
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