AN ACT TO EXTEND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES TO INCLUDE ALTERNATIVE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELECTIVE COURSE CREDIT.
House committee substitute replaces the content of the 3rd edition with the following.
Includes whereas clauses.
Enacts GS 115C-104.10, authorizing local boards of education to adopt a policy authorizing students to earn elective course credit for alternative educational opportunities that take place outside of the required instructional day. Sets forth six criteria with which local board policies must adhere, including establishing a process and criteria for local boards to approve alternate educational opportunities. Directs the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to provide guidance to local boards on implementing the statute, including, at a minimum, examples of (1) a process for approving alternative educational opportunities, (2) criteria for evaluating alternative educational opportunities, and (3) requirements for an approved entity to follow when providing an alternative educational opportunity. Beginning November 15, 2023, requires each local board opting to adopt such a policy to annually report to DPI, with specified content. Beginning December 15, 2023, requires DPI to compile local boards' reports and annually report information at the State level and by local school administrative unit to the specified NCGA committee.
Enacts GS 115C-47(34b), authorizing local boards to adopt a policy establishing requirements for approval of alternative educational opportunities for elective course credit as provided in new GS 115C-104.10, as enacted.
Applies beginning with the 2022-23 school year.
Changes the act's titles.