AN ACT TO RESTORE THE SCHOOL CALENDAR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE WAIVER TO PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY TO LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION FOR CALENDAR MODIFICATIONS NECESSARY TO ACCOMMODATE SPECIFIC PROGRAMS FOR A REASONABLE EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE HOUSE STUDY COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION INNOVATION.
Under current law, GS 115C-84.2(d) sets the parameters within which local boards of education must determine the opening and closing dates of public schools under subdivision (a)(1) of this statute. It also provides that the State Board of Education may grant a local school board’s request of a waiver of the statutory requirements for opening and closing dates upon a showing of good cause.
Amends GS 115C-84.2(d) as the title indicates, authorizing the State Board of Education (SBE) to also waive the opening and closing dates’ requirement for a specific school or defined program for an “educational purpose.” Specifies the definition for an “educational purpose,” and requires that the SBE find that the educational purpose is reasonable, the accommodation is necessary to accomplish the educational purpose, and the waiver request is not an effort to bypass the opening and closing date parameters as set out in this statute.
Applies beginning with the 2015-16 school year.
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