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  • Summary date: Mar 15 2023 - View Summary

    Amends GS 115C-206 (pertaining to the Superintendent's recommendations to the State Board of Education [Board] concerning increased involvement in and use of public schools) to require public school units to permit certain youth groups identified as a patriotic society specified in the GS 115C-206 the opportunity to give a presentation no longer than 10 minutes long on the purpose of the group, how to become a member of the group, and encouraging civic education. Specifies when presentations should be scheduled and clarifies that presentation time does not count toward any instructional hour requirements. (Currently, Board directs local boards of education to give priority to those civic groups in the use of school facilities and does not reference a presentation.) Amends GS 115C-207 (local school boards), GS 115C-218.75 (charter schools) and GS 115C-238.66 (regional schools) to remove language relating to giving priority and access to the civic youth groups discussed above. Replaces that language with a requirement that the local boards develop policies to give those groups access in line with GS 115C-206 specified above. Applies beginning with the 2023-2024 school year.