AN ACT TO REQUIRE COMPLETION OF AN ECONOMICS AND PERSONAL FINANCE COURSE AS A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, TO CLARIFY REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL CIVIC LITERACY, AND TO REQUIRE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR ECONOMICS AND PERSONAL FINANCE TEACHERS.
House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.
Amends GS 115C-81.65 by reinstating the provisions in (a) that required instruction in personal financial literacy for all students and that required the State Board of Education to determine components in addition to those in the statute that will be covered in the curriculum. Moves proposed new language into (b). Clarifies that content of the course focused on Economics and Personal Finance (EPF), must, at a minimum, include the standards established by the second edition of the Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics and the 2013 National Standards for Financial Literacy, as developed by the Council for Economic Education. Requires that the State Board of Education, instead of the Department of Public Instruction, require EPF teachers to receive the necessary professional development. Makes other clarifying and conforming changes.
Removes the provision allowing any remaining funds from the funds appropriated in the act to the North Carolina Council on Economic Education (NCCEE) at the end of 2022-23 to be used to provide professional development for public school EPF teachers. Requires that NCCEE's report on the use of funds be done in consultation with the Department of Public Instruction rather than the State Board of Education.
Deletes the previous changes to GS 115C-81.45 and instead amends the statute as follows. Deletes the current provisions concerning the inclusion of instruction in civic and citizenship education in the standard course of study for high school social studies. Requires that the State Board of Education require instruction in civic and citizenship education in the standard course of study for high school social studies through the teaching of a full credit course that is to be called Founding Principles of the United States of America and North Carolina: Civic Literacy. Requires that the course include the already stated subjects that were to be included in the previously required semester-long course. Adds that the State Board of Education is strongly encouraged to include four specified components in the course; these components are the same as those that were in the deleted provision on inclusion of instruction in civic and citizenship education in the standard course of study for high school social studies. Makes additional conforming and clarifying changes.
Amends proposed language in GS 115C-218.85, GS 115C-238.66, and GS 116-239.8 to require charter, regional, and laboratory schools to ensure that required professional development for teachers of the EPF course is provided.
Requires that the State Board of Education begin the review and revision of the standard course of study for social studies in grades K-12 in the 2019-20 school year and revise the high school standard course of study in accordance with the act. Requires review of the high school standard course of study to determine the grade level during which the EPF course and the Civic Literacy course may be completed. Prohibits requiring more than four full course credits in social studies for high school graduation.
Make conforming changes to the act's long title.
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