AN ACT TO DIRECT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ADOPT RULES PROVIDING FOR EXCUSED ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN OF MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES; TO PROVIDE THAT THE PROGRAM EVALUATION DIVISION SHALL STUDY WAYS IN WHICH TO IMPROVE THE ABILITY OF MILITARY-TRAINED APPLICANTS AND MILITARY SPOUSES TO BECOME LICENSED BY OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING BOARDS IN THE STATE; TO AUTHORIZE A LOCAL DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL SERVICES TO DETERMINE IF A JUVENILE WHO IS ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN ABUSED, NEGLECTED, OR DEPENDENT HAS AN ASSOCIATION WITH THE MILITARY AND TO SHARE THAT INFORMATION WITH THE APPROPRIATE MILITARY AUTHORITIES, WHEN APPLICABLE; TO ENSURE THAT ALL ELIGIBLE CHILDREN CAN OBTAIN WARTIME VETERANS SCHOLARSHIPS; AND TO CHARGE CERTAIN VETERANS AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS THE IN-STATE TUITION RATE.
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Amends GS 115C-379 to remove references to a child's "legal custodian" and changes references to "guardians" to "legal guardians." Amends the conditions that must be met for excused absences related to military leave to require that (1) the student's parent or legal guardian be an active duty member of the uniformed services as defined in the Interstate Compact on Education Opportunity for Military Children (was, be a member of the US Armed Forces); (2) that the parent or legal guardian has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting (was, be on military leave from a combat zone); and (3) the student not be identified as at risk of academic failure because of unexcused absences (was, because of truancy). Allows the authorization of a minimum of two excused absences (was, up to two excused absences) for those meeting the requirements related to military leave.