Bill Summary for H 521 (2019-2020)

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Apr 16 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 521 (Public) Filed Thursday, March 28, 2019
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR A THREE-YEAR TRANSITIONAL LICENSE FOR TEACHERS FROM OTHER STATES AND AUTHORIZE LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO DETERMINE EXPERIENCE CREDIT FOR THOSE TEACHERS TO PAY THEM ON THE COMMENSURATE LEVEL ON THE STATE SALARY SCHEDULE FOR THE TERM OF THE LICENSE, AND TO MODIFY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A LIFETIME LICENSE.
Intro. by Clemmons, Horn, Riddell, Gailliard.

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House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.

Modifies the proposed changes to GS 115C-270.20(a) (teacher licensure requirements) to now add new subsection (7) creating a three-year nonrenewable transitional license (TL; rather than a one-year provisional license) for teachers from other states in good standing.  

Further amends GS 115C-270.25 (out-of-state license applicants) by adding that an individual who does not include evidence of effectiveness with the initial application for a continuing professional license (CPL) is only eligible for a TL until the teacher has completed three years of licensed teaching in the state (was, only eligible for an initial professional license [IPL]).

Makes conforming changes to proposed GS 115C-302.1(b3), authorizing local boards of education to determine experience credit for purposes of paying teachers with a TL in accord with the state salary schedule for teachers during the first year of the license. Makes conforming changes to the proposed changes to GS 93B-15.1(i), regarding TLs for military spouses.

Amends GS 115C-270.20(a)(4) to now allow a lifetime license to be issued to a teacher after 30 or more years (was 50 or more years) of teaching as a licensed teacher, requring no license renewal.

Repeals GS 115C-270.20(a)(6) and GS 115C-270.30(b)(3), thereby eliminating retirement licensure.

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