AN ACT TO EXPAND ACADEMIC TRANSITION PATHWAY OPTIONS AND TO PERMIT ENROLLMENT IN COLLEGE COURSES AS PART OF A COLLEGE TRANSFER PATHWAY FOR CERTAIN FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, AND TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO INCLUDE CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS AS QUALIFIED TO CONTRACT AS ADJUNCT INSTRUCTORS WITH LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS.
Conference report makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.
Modifies the proposed changes to GS 115D-20(4)a, to also allow qualified freshmen who meet the specified requirements (same requirements as those for participating sophomores) to participate in the college transfer pathways program.
Amends GS 115C-157.1 to require that the criteria the State Board of Education (State Board) develops for education or employment experience needed to qualify to contract as an adjunct instructor in each career and technical education carer cluster weigh work experience and industry-recognized licenses or credential over educational attainment level (deletes the more specified requirements for professional experience and credentialing). Applies to employment contracts beginning with the 2020-21 school year.
Adds the requirement that the State Board develop and report on the minimum criteria that it develops for adjunct instructors to the specified NCGA committee by April 15, 2020. Requires the State Board to consider, for the 2019-20 school year, deeming an individual without an associate or baccalaureate degree to meet the minimum criteria for employment as an adjunct instructor if the individual can clearly demonstrate a minimum of six years in the last ten years of professional experience in the relevant skill or trade and possesses a recognized industry credential or an active professional license required for each subject area or course (these are the same specified requirements that were deleted from GS 115C-157.1).
Makes conforming changes.
Amends the act's titles.
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