Bill Summary for S 599 (2017-2018)

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Jun 12 2017

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View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
Senate Bill 599 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 4, 2017
AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR PREPARATION AND STANDARDS COMMISSION, TO AUTHORIZE THE EXPANSION OF EDUCATOR PREPARATION PROGRAMS AND TO CREATE A SYSTEM THAT HOLDS ALL PROGRAMS ACCOUNTABLE, TO REORGANIZE AND CLARIFY THE EDUCATOR LICENSURE PROCESS, AND TO ENSURE AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION ON TEACHER VACANCIES OCCURRING IN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
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Senate amendment #1 makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

Amends proposed GS 115C-268.5 (Powers and duties of the Commission), adding to the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission's duties set out in subdivision (a)(1). Requires the Commission to include appropriate courses to be used for the calculation of individual and cohort GPAs for admission to educator preparation programs (EPPs), which can account for prior degrees attained, type of license, and areas of licensure, in the rules the Commission is required to develop and recommend to the State Board of Education pertaining to EPPs. Makes organizational changes.

Adds new subsection (c) to proposed GS 115C-269.15 (Minimum admissions requirements for educator preparation programs). Prohibits a recognized EPP from admitting a student into an EPP in a program leading to licensure in career and technical education unless that student either: (1) earned a minimum GPA of at least 2.7 or (2) has at least five years of relevant experience. Makes conforming changes to subsection (b), making the admissions requirements in subsection (b) applicable to admissions into an EPP in a program leading to licensure in any area other than career and technical education. 

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