AN ACT TO ALIGN THE SELECTION OF INNOVATIVE SCHOOLS WITH THOSE IDENTIFIED BY THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT AND IMPROVEMENT, TO EXPAND OPTIONS FOR THE INNOVATIVE SCHOOL DISTRICT, TO REQUIRE LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO INFORM BOARDS OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS, TO REQUIRE FURTHER STUDY OF REFORMS FOR ASSISTANCE TO LOW-PERFORMING SCHOOLS, TO ELIMINATE THE CAP ON LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION THAT CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE ADVANCED TEACHING ROLES PILOT PROGRAM, AND TO EXEMPT ADVANCED TEACHING ROLES SCHOOLS FROM CLASS SIZE REQUIREMENTS.
House amendments make the following changes to the 5th edition.
Modifies the proposed changes to GS 115C-75.7, now requiring the State Board of Education (State Board) to only select schools for transfer to the Innovative School District (ISD) in accordance with the statute's provisions (previously, required the State Board to select no more than five qualifying schools annually to transfer to the ISD as innovative schools in accordance with the statute). Eliminates proposed GS 115C-75.7(b3), which allowed a local board of education to request that the State Board select a qualifying school under the control of that local board as an innovative school, upon recommendation of the ISD Superintendent. Instead, enacts GS 115C-75.7(c1), allowing local boards to request selection in the same manner as proposed in subsection (b3), but limits the authority to when fewer than five schools have been selected pursuant to the selection process set forth in subsection (c), as amended, and provided that no more than five schools are selected that year in total.
Amends GS 115C-270.15, as amended by Section 1.1 of SL 2019-71, concerning teacher examination requirements for initial professional licenses (IPLs). Expands the statute's provisions to apply to a residency license (RL).
Amends GS 115C-270.20(a)(4a), as enacted by Section 2.1 of SL 2019-71, concerning a limited license. Amends the criteria for in-state licensees to receive a limited license, now requiring the individual to have been issued an IPL or RL and having failed to fulfill the examination requirements under GS 115C-270.15, as amended, after three years of licensure.
Deems a lateral entry licensee to meet the limited license criteria set forth in GS 115C-270.20(a)(4a), as amended, if two criteria are met: (1) the individual would have been issued a continuing professional license (CPL) but for the failure to fulfill examination requirements set by the State Board and (2) the local board of education submits to the State Board an affidavit, signed by the appropriate principal and superintendent, stating the teacher is currently employed by that local board, is an effective teacher, and will be encouraged to continue to pursue a CPL (similar to the in-state licensee limited license criteria).
Amends Section 1.2 of SL 2019-71 to now grant an extension until June 30, 2020, for elementary education or special education general curriculum teachers with an IPL, lateral entry license, or residency license that is set to expire June 30, 2019, due to failure to fulfill licensure examination requirements, effective June 30, 2019 (previously, was limited to only IPLs set to expire and did not include an effective date).
Amends Section 1.3 of SL 2019-71, adding that GS 115C-270.15(c), as amended (which requires the State Board to permit an applicant to fulfill exam requirements before or during the third year of IPL licensure so long as the applicant took the exam at least once during the first year of licensure) applies to individuals holding an IPL on or after the date that act became law.
Amends Section 6 of SL 2019-71, making SL 2019-71 apply beginning with the eighteenth day following the date that act became law (was, beginning with applications for teacher licensure submitted on or after the eighteenth date following the effective date of the act).
Applies to individuals holding or seeking licensure on or after the date the act becomes law.
Makes conforming changes to the act's long title and effective date provisions.
Eliminates Section 5 of the act, which amended GS 115C-390.2 and GS 115C-390.8, regarding student conduct and disciplinary policies. Makes conforming changes to the act's long title and effective date provisions.
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