Bill Summary for S 187 (2023-2024)

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Mar 15 2023

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View NCGA Bill Details2023-2024 Session
Senate Bill 187 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Intro. by McInnis, Johnson, Barnes.

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Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Changes act’s long title. Deletes provisions of the 1st edition relating to reviving and expanding the program to allow retired educators to return to work in high-need schools.

Retains the amendments to GS 115C-270.20 to make three-year limited licenses for teachers renewable. Deletes requirements for renewal pertaining to evaluation of the teacher’s effectiveness every three years and for teachers teaching subjects that use the Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS), the data must demonstrate that the teacher meets or exceeds expectations of growth.  Enacts new GS 115C-270.30(b)(6) (pertaining to teacher licensure renewal) to provide for the renewal of limited licenses by submission of affidavit signed by both the principal and the superintendent of the school where the teacher-applicant is currently assigned that states the following: (1) the teacher-applicant is currently employed by the local board of education; (2) the teacher is an effective teacher (for teachers who have available growth data under the EVAAS, the data must demonstrate that the teacher meets or exceeds expectations of growth); and (3) the teacher will be encouraged to continue to pursue a continuing professional license (CPL).

Deletes provisions related to an alternative to the examination requirements for converting from an initial professional license (IPL) and a residency license (RL) to a CPL. Deletes provisions related to licensure classes and teacher salaries.  Deletes proposed GS 115C-270.22 that granted a servicemember who (1) has a teaching license issued by an entity other than the Board and (2) relocates to North Carolina because of military orders for military service, a teaching license for the duration of the military orders if: (a) the servicemember provides the Board with a copy of the military orders requiring the relocation to North Carolina; (b) the servicemember remains in good standing with the licensing authority that issued the license and every other licensing authority that has issued a license to the servicemember that is similar in scope to the teaching license; and (c) the servicemember submits to the Board's authority for the purpose of standards of practice, discipline, and fulfillment of any continuing education requirements. Deletes changes to GS 115C-270.1 and GS 93B-15.1.

Specifies that for a limited license renewal that occurs on or before July 1, 2025, the State Board of Education will only require the teacher to meet the licensure renewal requirements of new GS 115C-270.30(b)(6).