AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR A DROPOUT PREVENTION AND RECOVERY PILOT PROGRAM WITH A CHARTER SCHOOL AND TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO REPORT ON UTILIZATION OF PERSONNEL CONTRACTS.
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.
Directs the SBE to establish a two-year Dropout Prevention and Recovery Pilot Program (Pilot Program). Requires the SBE to select one charter school that has been approved by the SBE under GS 115C-238.29D to provide the educational services and programming for the Pilot Program (was, directed the SBE to establish a Pilot Program in Mecklenburg County and select three charter schoolsapproved by the SBE under GS 115C-238.29Dto provide the educational services and programming for the Pilot Program).
Amends the student eligibility requirements to participate in the Pilot Program to provide that eligible students include both high school students who have (1) dropped out of high school or (2) transferred from their high school to the Pilot Program charter school. Defineshigh schoolto include ninth through twelfth grades for the purposes of this section. Provides that the decision to transfer to the charter school is to be made by the student if the student is age 18 or older or by the student's parents or guardians.
Requires the charter school that participates in the Pilot Program to develop and implement an alternative accountability model that meets the guidelines adopted by the SBE for alternative learning programs under GS 115C-12(24).
Requires that in addition to the allotments and adjustments made for charter schools as provided in GS 115C-238.29H, for the charter school in the Pilot Program the allotment must also be adjusted on the basis of average daily membership (ADM) in the fifth month of the school year.Also includes additional specifications regarding an alternative funding model for the Pilot Program's participating charter school.
Allows existing charter schools meeting the criteria as provided in this section to apply for the Pilot Program no later than August 31, 2014. Directs the SBE to select a charter school to participate in the Pilot Program for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years by September 30, 2014. Directs the SBE to report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee (JLEOC) by March 15, 2016, on the outcomes of the Pilot Program. Directs the JLEOC to report to the 2016 Session of the 2015 General Assembly on the legislation necessary to implement the Pilot Program in alternative schools serving students who have dropped out of high school. Provides that the Pilot program starts with the 2014-15 school year and concludes at the end of the 2015-16 school year.
Makes conforming changes to the short title and the long title of the act to reflect the changes in the bill content.
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