AN ACT TO CLARIFY ELIGIBILITY FOR EXTENDED TEACHER CONTRACTS, 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 2nd edition makes the following changes.
Deletes the proposed changes to GS 115C-325.3, concerning teacher contracts or renewals for terms of one, two, or four school years, and instead amends the statute to provide the following. Clarifies that a new contract or renewal contract for terms of one, two, or four school years is only applicable for a teacher who has been employed by the local board as a teacher for three or more years (previously did limit qualification to employment as a teacher only). Now allows a local board to require by policy that the three years of qualifying employment be consecutive (the previous edition restricted qualification to teachers employed as a teacher by the local board for three consecutive years immediately preceding the effective date of the new or renewed contract). Requires that a year be no less than 120 workdays performed as a teacher in a full-time permanent position (similar to the requirement of the previous edition). Requires local board policies that require consecutive employment to include in the policy that if a teacher did not work at least 120 workdays as a teacher in a year because the teacher was on approved or legally entitled leave, that year does not constitute a year of employment but is not considered a break in the continuity of consecutive years of employment (similar to the specifications of the previous edition concerning sick leave, disability leave, or FMLA leave). Prohibits suspension from being considered an approved or legally entitled leave under the provision. Clarifies that teachers may have additional rights under specified federal law.