Bill Summary for S 97 (2015-2016)

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Feb 19 2015
S.L. 2015-295

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
Senate Bill 97 (Public) Filed Thursday, February 19, 2015
AN ACT TO MODIFY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE STATE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON INDIAN EDUCATION.
Intro. by J. Davis.

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Amends GS 115C-210.1 as the title indicates.

Makes clarifying changes as to the appointment of one member each to the State Advisory Council on Indian Education (Council) by the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate.

Clarifies that all references to "Indian" in this act are to "American Indian."

Provides that the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina and the State Board of Community Colleges are to each appoint one of the two American Indian members from higher education (was, both appointments were made by the Board of Governors). States that it is preferable that these two members be faculty members.

Reduces the number of American Indian parents appointed to the Council from eight to five. Clarifies that the appointed parents are to be of students enrolled in K-12 public schools, including charter schools.

Increases the number of American Indian K-12 public school educators from two to five. Requires that one member be a Title VII director or coordinator. Defines the following as a K-12 educator for the purposes of this subdivision: a school administrator, classroom teacher, resource teacher, or school counselor. Requires that a member appointed under this subdivision have a current North Carolina professional educator license.

Declares that the American Indian Council members must be broadly representative of North Carolina tribes and organizations or those tribes and organizations recognized by the US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Provides that regardless of the provisions in this act amending GS 115C-210.1, the current members serving on the Council, as of the effective date of this act, are to serve the remainder of their terms. Directs that members are to be appointed to the Council under GS 115C-210.1, as amended in this act, when terms expire or a vacancy occurs before the expiration of a term.

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