AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO GUILFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS TO ESTABLISH AND OPERATE AN INNOVATIVE SIGNATURE CAREER ACADEMY PROGRAM IN ITS TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOLS.
Establishes the Innovative Signature Career Academy Program (Program) as a pilot program in Guilford County Schools. Describes the Program as a pilot program to reform its career and technical education (CTE) program to better prepare its students for high-wage, high-skills careers with a focus on hosting signature career academies at traditional high schools that specialize in defined areas of CTE. Requires the Program to include six specified components in establishing signature career academies at high schools in the unit. Further requires the Program to include at least four but no more than six signature career academies. Provides the unit with flexibility to contract with individuals who have education and training related to the specific skills and careers that are the focus of a signature career academy. Subjects individuals with direct student contact to a criminal history check.
Requires Guilford County Schools to annually report to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) every year of operation of the Program as a pilot, beginning by June 30 of the first school year of operation. Describes the required content of the report. Directs DPI to annually report to the specified NCGA Committee by every August 15 for the duration of the operation of the Program as a pilot. Permits the Program to operate for up to six school years as a pilot. Allows the local board, before the Program's expiration as a pilot, to apply for the Program to be included as an ongoing component of the CTE local plan submitted to the State Board pursuant to GS 115C-154.1. Specifies parameters regarding the Program becoming a component of the CTE local plan.
Appropriates from the General Fund to DPI $1.5 million for 2020-21 and expresses the intent to appropriate the same for 2021-22 to be allocated to Guilford County Schools to establish and operate the Program.
Provides that if H966 (2019 Appropriations Act) becomes law, then Section 7.44 and the provision of the Committee Report in Section 42.2 are repealed.
Effective July 1, 2020.
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