Bill Summary for S 343 (2019-2020)

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Mar 21 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
Senate Bill 343 (Public) Filed Thursday, March 21, 2019
AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO LAWS RELATED TO EDUCATION.
Intro. by Ballard.

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Makes the following repeals: GS 116C-5(e) (annual reporting requirement of the Education Cabinet on STEM education priorities); Section 7.28(g) of SL 2007-323 (annual reporting requirement of the Education Cabinet on e-learning); GS 116-4(c) (annual reporting requirement of the Education Cabinet on First in America Innovative Education Initiatives); and Section 9.5(b) of SL 2017-57 (one-time reporting requirement of the State Board of Community Colleges on high-cost workforce courses, due March 1, 2019).

Amends GS 116E-4 to make the Governmental Data Analytics Center's report on the North Carolina Longitudinal Data System due annually rather than quarterly, beginning July 1, 2019.

Amends GS 115C-107.5 to make organizational and clarifying changes to the provisions, concerning the State Board's annual reporting requirement on the implementation of Article  9, Education of Children With Disabilities. Adds to the information the State Board must include in its annual report, integrating the information required of the annual reporting requirement of the State Board set out in Section 8.30 of SL 2015-241 regarding the development of any policies related to improving outcomes for elementary and secondary school students with disabilities. Moves the specified policy developments and implementations which must be reported under Section 8.30(b), now requiring they be included in the report required under GS 115C-107.5, as amended. Repeals Section 8.30(b) of SL 2015-241, thereby eliminating the annual reporting requirement of that provision.

Amends GS 115C-156.2, modifying the annual reporting requirement of the State Board regarding career and technical education courses, to now include, beginning in 2019, information on the implementation of high school diploma endorsements, including adding college, career, and college and career endorsements to high school diplomas through evaluation of specified data, thereby integrating information required to be reported annually by the State Board under Section 1(b) of SL 2013-1 and GS 115C-12(40). Makes conforming deletions in Section 1(b) of SL 2013-1 and GS 115C-12(40).

Amends GS 115D-5, to require the State Board of Community Colleges to consider whether a regional approach can be used when developing new programs and initiate new programs on a regional basis, thereby integrating the identical requirement set out in Section 8.2 of SL 2002-126. Eliminates the State Board of Community Colleges's annual reporting requirements set out in GS 115D-5(f) and GS Section 8.2 of SL 2002-126 regarding approval of new programs and program terminations. Instead, adds a new requirement to GS 115D-5 to require the State Board of Community Colleges to collect data on an annual basis on all new programs and program terminations it approved and any regionalization of programs during the year, including specified reasons for which each program was terminated or approved.

Amends GS 115D-5, shifting the annual reporting requirement described concerning tuition waivers to the Community Colleges System Office (was, State Board of Community Colleges).

Amends GS 115C-238.55, which requires the State Board and the governing board of cooperative innovative high schools to submit an annual joint report on the schools' evaluation. Establishes that the report must be combined with the evaluation of the Career and College Promise Program required by GS 115D-5(x). Places responsibility of submitting the combined report on the Community Colleges System Office. Makes conforming changes to GS 115D-5(x).

Amends GS 115D-5.1, shifting the annual reporting requirement described concerning the Customized Training Program from the State Board of Community Colleges to the Community Colleges System Office. Adds that the report is to be submitted no later than September 1. Makes technical changes. 

Amends GS 115D-9, shifting the annual reporting requirement described concerning capital improvement projects from the State Board of Community Colleges to the Community Colleges System Office. Adds that the report is to be submitted no later than October 1. Makes technical changes.

Amends GS 115D-11.6 by amending the Apprenticeship Council’s reporting requirements to require that by September 1 of each year (was, no less than once a year) the Council must make a report through the Community Colleges System Office. Amends the entities that are to receive the report to now require that it be given to the Joint Legislative Education  Oversight Committee, chairs of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Education/Higher Education, and the chairs of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on Education (was, to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources, chairs of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, Natural and Economic Resources, and the chairs of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources). 

Amends GS 126-8.3 by amending which entities must report annually on the voluntary shared leave program to include the Department of Public Instruction instead of the State Board of Education and the Community Colleges System Office instead of the State Board of Community Colleges. 

Amends SL 2013-360, Section 8.21, to require Teach for America to submit updates to its annual report on program candidates, recruitment and retention, and financial accounting biannually instead of quarterly.

Amends GS 115C-174.12 to require the State Board to submit its annual report on the statewide administration of the testing program by December 15 instead of November 1.

Amends GS 115C-218.110 to require the State Board’s annual report on specified information concerning charter school effectiveness to be submitted by February 15 instead of January 15. 

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