A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO DIRECT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO DEVELOP CAREER AND COLLEGE ENDORSEMENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS, INCREASE ACCESS TO CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND TO WORK WITH THE STATE BOARD OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS ENROLLING IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN HIGH NEED EMPLOYMENT AREAS.
Amends GS 115C-12 as the title indicates. Directs the State Board of Education (SBE) to report annually on the impact of awarding the career and college endorsements on high school graduation, college acceptance and remediation, and post high school employment rates beginning September 1, 2016.
Requires that the SBE make these endorsements available to students who graduate from high school beginning with the 2014-15 school year. Amends GS 115C-296.7(d) to specify that the SBE identify local school administrative units with unmet recruitment needs for career and technical education teachers. Additionally directs the SBE to increase accessibility to the licensure process for career and technical education teachers while maintaining quality of instruction, to develop strategies to increase the number of students engaging in career and technical education, and to increase the enrollment of students in coursework leading to skills in occupations that have a high number of employment opportunities.
Includes requirements specifying when the SBE is to make reports to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee on its progress with the teacher licensure and student enrollment goals.
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