Bill Summary for S 219 (2019-2020)

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Jun 5 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
Senate Bill 219 (Public) Filed Monday, March 11, 2019
AN ACT TO MODIFY TEACHER LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS.
Intro. by McInnis, Tillman, Johnson.

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House committee substitute to the 2nd edition makes the following changes.

Makes organizational changes. Places the previous provisions into Part I. Modifies the proposed requirements for a limited license under GS 115C-270.20 to no longer require the local school administrative unit to be located in a development tier one or tier two area, or a development tier three area with a population of less than 100,000. Makes technical and clarifying changes.

Part II.

Amends GS 115C-270.20(a) (teacher licensure requirements) to add new subsection (7) creating a three-year nonrenewable transitional license (TL) for teachers from other states in good standing. Restricts the request for a TL to local boards of education. Allows a teacher holding a TL to begin the application process for a continuing professional license as an out-of-state applicant.

Amends GS 115C-270.25 (out-of-state license applicants) by adding that an individual who does not include evidence of effectiveness with the initial application for a continuing professional license (CPL) is only eligible for a TL until the teacher has completed three years of licensed teaching in the state (was, only eligible for an initial professional license [IPL]). No longer gives priority to applications that include evidence of effectiveness.

Amends GS 115C-302.1 to add new subsection (b3) authorizing local boards of education to determine experience credit for purposes of paying teachers with a TL in accord with the state salary schedule during the fist year of license.  Exempts local boards of education and the teacher from having to repay an overpayment that was made due to misapplication of experience credit where the credit was determined in good faith.

Amends GS 93B-15.1(i) to authorize local boards of education to request a three-year transitional license for a military spouse who holds a current teaching license in another jurisdiction.

Applies to applications for teacher licensure submitted on or after the date law becomes effective.

Part III.

Amends GS 115C-270.20(a)(4) to now allow a lifetime license to be issued to a teacher after 30 or more years (was 50 or more years) of teaching as a licensed teacher, requiring no license renewal.

Repeals GS 115C-270.20(a)(6) and GS 115C-270.30(b)(3), thereby eliminating retirement licensure.

Part IV.

Directs the State Board of Education to adopt emergency rules to implement the act no more than 10 calendar days after the act becomes law. 

Part V.

Maintains the act's effective date provisions, adding that the act applies beginning with applications for teacher licensure submitted on or after the 18th day following the date the act becomes law.

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