AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE INSTALLATION OF CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM AND DETECTION SYSTEMS IN EXISTING PUBLIC SCHOOL BUILDINGS, TO AUTHORIZE ADDITIONAL NATIONALLY STANDARDIZED TESTS TO SATISFY NINTH GRADE PRIVATE SCHOOL TESTING REQUIREMENTS, AND TO PROVIDE MUNICIPAL WATER AND SEWER SERVICES TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
House committee substitute to the 2nd edition adds the following content.
Amends GS 115C-549 and GS 115C-557, regarding standardized testing requirements in private church schools, schools of religious charter, and qualified nonpublic schools for grades three, six, and nine. Changes the requirements for testing in grade nine to allow the standardized test or other equivalent measurement selected to measure competencies in the verbal and quantitative areas as an alternative to measuring achievement in the areas of English grammar, reading, spelling, and math.
Similarly, amends GS 115C-562.5(a) regarding standardized testing requirements of nonpublic schools accepting students receiving scholarship grants for grades three and higher. Changes the requirements for testing in grades nine through twelve to allow the standardized test or other equivalent measurement selected to measure competencies in the verbal and quantitative areas as an alternative to measuring achievement in the areas of English grammar, reading, spelling, and math.
Makes the above changes apply to tests given beginning with the 2021-22 school year.
Enacts GS 160A-330, requiring municipalities to provide water and/or sewer services to a charter property, defined to mean real property that is owned or leased to an entity for use as a charter school facility for an approved charter, for which those services are not otherwise provided if four criteria are met. Requires the charter property owner to request the services in writing; the municipality to have available capacity in the requested service(s); the charter property owner to agree to the terms of a utility extension agreement; and the charter property owner to agree to payment of all costs of service extension. Allows a developer of a charter property to, with the written consent of the property owner, make the request for services under the statute, agree to the requirements of a utility extension agreement with the municipal governing board, and pay for the costs of extension of the requested services. Further requires the municipality to grant a charter property owner's petition for annexation if the charter property is otherwise eligible for annexation under State law.
Makes technical changes to the act's effective date provisions. Changes the act's titles.
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