Bill Summary for S 53 (2015-2016)

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Jun 28 2016

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
Senate Bill 53 (Public) Filed Tuesday, February 10, 2015
AN ACT TO DIRECT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO APPROVE CERTAIN QUALIFYING ALTERNATIVE LATERAL ENTRY TEACHER EDUCATION PREPARATION PROGRAMS.
Intro. by Krawiec.

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

Changes the long and short titles.  

Deletes all of the provisions of the previous edition and now provides the following.

Amends GS 115C-296.12, concerning lateral entry teacher education preparation programs, by adding a new subsection (a1) to allow the State Board of Education (Board) to approve alternative, private, for-profit or nonprofit lateral entry teacher preparation programs that meet standards set by the Board. Provides that the standards are to include preservice training pursuant to existing subsection (a) of the statute, as well as the competency-based standards necessary to earn a teaching license pursuant to subdivisions (1) through (4) of existing subsection (b) of the statute. Directs that the approved alternative, private, lateral entry teacher education preparation program providers are to administer the training to meet those standards. Makes conforming change to subsection (e) of the statute to reflect the option of an alternative, private, for-profit or nonprofit lateral entry teacher education preparation program that meets the standards set by the Board, as provided in new subsection (a1).

Directs the Board to request participation applications from alternative, private, for-profit or nonprofit lateral entry teacher education preparation programs no later than September 1, 2016. Requires that the Board must approve at least one program, including any application from North Carolina Teachers of Tomorrow, by October 15, 2016, but no more than four programs, if the programs meet the requirements of GS 115C-296.12(a1). Authorizes approved programs to begin operating as early as the 2017 Spring academic term.

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