• Summary date: Apr 4 2013 - More information

    Establishesthe 16-member Commission to Study the Implementation of a Structured English Immersion (SEI) Program in the North Carolina Public Schools (Commission). Defines SEI to mean an English language acquisition process for students in which nearly all classroom instruction is given in English with a curriculum and presentation designed for students who are learning the English language.

    Requires that all books and instructional materials be in English and that all reading, writing, and subject matter be taught in English. Permits teachers to use a minimal amount of the student's native language when necessary, but prohibits any subject matter from being taught in any language other than English, and students in the program are to learnto read and write only in English.

    Providesfor eight members appointed bythe Speaker of the House of Representatives (Speaker)and eight members appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate(President Pro Tem) who meetthe specified qualifications. Provides that the Commission is to have two co-chairs, one designated by the Speaker and one designated by the President Pro Tem.

    Directs the Commission to make recommendations as to whether to implement an SEI program for Englishlearners in NorthCarolina's public schools. Directs the Commission to examine at minimum all of thefollowing in developing its recommendations: (1) student performance data and outcomes for the English as a Second Language (ESL)program currentlyused in the state's public schools; (2) ESL programs in other states and specifically the SEI programs currently in use in Arizona, California, and Massachusetts; and (3) the cost and feasibility of implementing SEI in the state's public schools taking into consideration listed factors.

    Provides for travel and subsistence allowances for Commission members at the rates set out in GS 120-3.1, 138-5, or 138-6; the assigning of clerical staff; and meeting locations. Provides that the Commission, while in discharge of its official duties, may exercise all the powers provided under the provisions of GS 120-19and GS 120-19.1 through GS 120-19.4.

    Directs the Commission to report its findings and recommendations to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee no later than March 15, 2014. Provides that the Commission is to terminate upon the filing of its final report.

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