AN ACT TO MAKE THE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION A MEMBER OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND TO MAKE CONFORMING CHANGES TO THE GENERAL STATUTES.
Subject to approval by voters at the statewide election on November 8, 2016, amends Section 4 to Article IX of the North Carolina Constitution to make the Superintendent of Public Instruction a member of the State Board of Education (Board) instead of the Board's secretary. Retains the provision naming the Superintendent of Public Instruction as the chief administrative officer of the Board. Decreases the number of Board members to be appointed by the Governor from 11 to 10 and reduces the number of those members that must be appointed from the state at large from 3 to 2. If approved, effective April 1, 2017.
The following changes are effective only if the constitutional amendment is approved.
Amends GS 115C-10 to make conforming changes by adding the Superintendent of Public Instruction (Superintendent) as a member of the Board, reducing the number of appointments that are to be made by the Governor and the number of appointments that are members at large. Effective April 1, 2017.
Amends GS 104-12, GS 104-19, and GS 143A-44.3 to remove the reference to the Superintendent as the Secretary of the Board and instead refer to the role of chief administrative officer. Amends GS 115C-11 to require the Board to elect a secretary from its membership and specifies the secretary's duties. Makes language gender-neutral. Makes conforming changes to GS 115C-19 and GS 115C-21. Modifies the membership of various entities in GS 7B-1402, GS 115C-64.15, GS 115C-296.6, GS 116C-1, and GS 143B-426.9 to allow service by the vice-chair if the Superintendent is the chair of the Board. Amends GS 115C-102.5 to require the Commission on School Technology (was, the Chair of the State Board of Education) to select the member serving as chair of the Commission. Effective April 1, 2017.
Amends GS Chapter 115C to make language gender-neutral. Amends the General Statues by replacing the word "chairman" with "chair" when it refers to the chairman of the State Board of Education. Effective April 1, 2017.
Provides that to make the reduction in the number of appointments made by the Governor to the Board, when the term of an at-large member appointed by the Governor expires on March 31, 2017, the vacancy must not be filled. Effective January 1, 2017.
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