AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO GUILFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS TO ESTABLISH AND OPERATE AN INNOVATIVE SIGNATURE CAREER ACADEMY PROGRAM IN ITS TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOLS.
Applicable only to the Guilford County Administrative School Unit, enacts Part 5 to Article 10 of GS Chapter 115C, establishing the Innovative Signature Career Academy Program (Program). Describes the Program as a pilot program for a unit seeking to reform its career and technical education (CTE) program to better prepare its students for high-wage, high-skills careers with a focus on hosting signature career academies at traditional high schools that specialize in defined areas of CTE. Requires the Program to include six specified components in establishing signature career academies at high schools in the unit. Further requires the Program to include at least four but no more than six signature career academies. Provides the unit with flexibility to contract with individuals who have education and training related to the specific skills and careers that are the focus of a signature career academy. Subjects individuals with direct student contact to a criminal history check.
Requires the unit to annually report to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) every year of operation of the Program as a pilot, beginning by June 30 of the first school year of operation. Describes the required content of the report. Directs DPI to annually report to the specified NCGA Committee by every August 15 for the duration of a unit's operation of the Program as a pilot. Permits the Program to operate for up to six school years as a pilot. Allows the local board of the unit operating the Program, before the Program's expiration as a pilot, to apply for the Program to be included as an ongoing component of the CTE local plan submitted to the State Board pursuant to GS 115C-154.1. Specifies parameters regarding the Program becoming a component of the CTE local plan.
Enacts GS 105-129.16K, allowing a taxpayer with an employee who volunteers as a co-teacher for a full academic year in a Program who receives no compensation for volunteering a credit equal to 50% of the compensation paid to the employee for the time spent as a volunteer co-teacher. Effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2019.
Appropriates from the General Fund to DPI $1.5 million for each fiscal year of the 2019-21 fiscal biennium to be allocated to Guilford County Schools to establish and operate the Program. Authorizes Guilford County Schools to operate the Program for at least six school year, beginning with the 2019-20 school year.
Effective July 1, 2019.
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