Bill Summary for S 516 (2013-2014)

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Apr 24 2013

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
Senate Bill 516 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO STREAMLINE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
Intro. by Tillman.

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Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

Deletes all of Part I(class-size flexibility) of the act, which amended the following sections: GS 115C-301, regarding the allocation of teachers and class size;GS 115C-47(10), regarding the power and duty of local boards of education to assure appropriate class size;and GS 115C-276(k), regarding the responsibility of local superintendents to report exceptions to individual class size and daily teaching load maximumsto the state Board of Education (SBE).

Deletesprovision in Part III which provided flexibility for charter schools in providing transportation for charter school students.

Directsthe Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to comply with GS 115C-12(19)(i), which provides that it is the duty of the SBEto "identify required reports and to eliminate unnecessary reports and paperwork." Requires DPI to reduce unnecessary reporting requirements for local school administrative units (LEAs) by not requiring separate submissions for the following reports: (1) the Principal's Monthly Report, (2) the LEA Vacancy Report, (3) the Professional Personnel Activity Report, (4) the Pupils in Membership by Race and Sex, (5) the Report of School Sales of Textbooks and Used Books, and (6) the School Activity Report. Permits DPI to collect any information contained in the eliminated reports that is necessary to comply with state or federal law through use of the PowerSchool application or any other component of the Instructional Improvement System (IIS) developed by DPI.

Provides that the Commission to Study the Provision of Exceptional Children's Services in the North Carolina Public Schools (Commission), established in this act,is to have 14 members(was, 12). Makes required changes in the Commission's composition to reflect the change in membership. Requires that one of themembers be an exceptional children's program director;one be an attorney with experience in education law related to public school services for exceptional children;one be a member of an advocacy group working on behalf of children with disabilities, as recommended by Disability Rights North Carolina;and one be a member of an advocacy group working on behalf of children with disabilities, as recommended by the Exceptional Children's Advocacy Center (removes school principal and a local school board member).

Requiresthe Commission conduct a study on the cost to educate students with disabilities and use the collected data to make recommendations to the General Assembly on needed revisions to the current state allotment formula for various components of the exceptional children's program operated by LEAs.

Removes the repeal of GS 115C-105.41, whichprovides forpersonal education plans (PEPs). Instead, amends GS 115C-105.41 to eliminate the reporting requirements regarding PEPs.

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