Bill Summary for H 903 (2021)

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May 7 2021

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View NCGA Bill Details2021
House Bill 903 (Public) Filed Thursday, May 6, 2021
AN ACT TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY STATEWIDE IN ADOPTING THE SCHOOL CALENDAR.
Intro. by Setzer, Everitt, Howard, Dahle.

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Under current law, GS 115C-84.2(d) provides authority to local boards of education to determine the opening and closing dates for public schools pursuant to the instructional day and hour requirements of GS 115C-84.2(a)(1). However, the local boards must comply with specified parameters for the opening and closing dates of public schools as provided. Subsection (d) also provides criteria under which the State Board of Education may waive those requirements upon a showing of good cause by a local board of education. 

Amends GS 115C-84.2(d), allowing public schools to open as early as August 10 (currently, no earlier than the Monday closest to August 26), excluding year-round schools. Deletes the provisions of subsection (d) concerning waiver of the requirements upon a showing of good cause. 

Directs the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to study the effects of the act on student outcomes, including student achievement, student growth, student attendance, and other relevant factors. Requires collection of information from local boards and collaboration with local board to provide a report to the specified NCGA committee by December 15, 2022. Appropriates $100,000 from the General Fund to DPI for 2021-22 to fund the study.

Applies beginning with the 2021-22 school year. 

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