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Two Public Charter School Bills Becomes Law PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:08

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Senate Bill 793 and House Bill 884 have been signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory, who says he  believes in a thriving charter school movement where the schools of innovation are held to high standards of transparency. 

“I am pleased the Legislature responded to my concerns and required full transparency for the names and salaries of all charter school teachers and employees," the governor said in a statement. 
"I have also asked Chairman Bill Cobey and members of our State Board of Education to ensure that contracts with private entities also provide transparency on salaries and other personnel information. Consistent with the State Board of Education's authority to oversee the successful operations of public charter schools, Chairman Cobey has assured me that he will direct agency staff to collect information from charter schools, including all financial and personnel records, necessary to achieve that goal.”
The legislation also launches an inventive charter school dropout prevention and recovery program as well as ensures charter school students are held to high academic standards.  
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:09
State Board's Special Committee On Global Education To Meet About Global-Ready Schools PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 15:49

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Issues of global preparedness of teachers and students is the subject of the next meeting of the State Board of Education's Special Committee on Global Education.

The meeting will take place Thursday, August 7 at 1:30 p.m. in the state Education Building in downtown Raleigh.
-- discussion on the draft policy for the global education digital badge for teachers
-- global education professional development resources for those seeking a badge
--  update on the establishment of the global ready schools designation. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 15:50
State Board of Education Meeting Agenda For August 6/7, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 August 2014 12:25

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The State Board of Education will meet Wednesday and Thursday, August 6 and 7 in downtown Raleigh. 

Committees will meet Wednesday and reports will be made to the full board on Thursday.
The State Board’s committee meetings and full Board meeting are audio streamed for those who can’t attend. To listen, use the Live Audio Stream link at http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/. 
The agenda is below.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6       
10 – 11:15 a.m.
Call to order and approval of agenda
Issues Session. Board members will hear presentations on Healthy Responsible Students and North Carolina New Schools
11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
•  21st Century Professionals Committee
State Board member Olivia Oxendine, chair; John Tate, vice chair
Discussion item: Recommendations for Proposed Cut Scores for Elementary and Special Education: General Curriculum Licensure Exams
New Business items: Governor’s Teacher Network Initiative Update and Summer Institutes 2014 Overview
 12 p.m.  Lunch and Graduate Student Intern Project Presentations
1:45 – 2:20 p.m.
•  Globally Competitive Students Committee
State Board member Marcella Savage, chair; Olivia Oxendine, vice chair
Action item: Revision to Weighting for College, AP/IB and Honors Courses
Discussion item: Accountability Model for Alternative Schools
New Business item: Singapore Math
2:20 – 3:20 p.m.
•  Leadership for Innovation Committee
State Board member Rebecca Taylor, chair; Wayne McDevitt, vice chair
Action item: One-Year Delay Request for Carolina STEM Academy
Discussion item: North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board Recommendations for Approval of Charter School Applicants for the Planning Year, Fast Track Replication of Quality Charter Schools, and Charter Schools Process for Assignment of Failing Charter Schools
3:20 – 3:45 p.m.
•  21st Century Systems Committee
State Board member Greg Alcorn, chair; Kevin Howell, vice chair
Action items: Approval of Grant – Twenty-First Century Community Learning Center Grant and Membership for the State Advisory Council on Indian Education
3:45 p.m.  Board convenes in Open Session and adjourns to closed session
4:20 p.m.  Board reconvenes then adjourns
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Following approval of their July minutes, Board members will recognize the 2014 North Carolina State and National Schools of Character: Southern Guilford Middle, Colfax Elementary and Southwest Guilford Middle (Guilford County Schools); the 2014 State Schools of Character and National Honorable Mention Southern Guilford High (Guilford County Schools); the 2013 North Carolina finalists for the Presidential Awards in Math and Science Teaching: Mathematics, Grades 7-12 - Brian Frees, Hendersonville Middle (Henderson County Schools), Julie Riggins, East Forsyth High (Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools), and Katie Salter, West Carteret High (Carteret County Schools); the 2013 North Carolina finalists for the Presidential Awards in Math and Science Teaching: Science, Grades 7-12 - Laura Lawrence, Asheville School, Jeff Milbourne, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and Mark Townley, Holly Springs High (Wake County Schools); the 2012 North Carolina Presidential Award recipients in Math and Science Teaching: Mathematics, Grades K-6  - Tonya Kepley, Enochville Elementary (Rowan-Salisbury Schools) and Science K-6, Teresa Cowan, Charles D. Owen Middle (Buncombe County Schools). Board members also will recognize new State Board of Education Advisors: Brady Johnson, Iredell/Statesville Schools’ superintendent and the Board’s 2014-15 Superintendent Advisor; and James E. Ford, Charlotte/Mecklenburg Schools, 2014-16 NC Teacher of the Year Advisor.
State Superintendent June Atkinson will then give her report to the Board. During her report, NCDPI Legislative and Community Affairs Director Rachel Beaulieu will report on legislative activities and Race to the Top Director Adam Levinson will give a report on Race to the Top activities. State Board Staff Attorney Katie Cornetto will follow with a rules review update. 
 Under the Board’s Information Agenda, members will receive a presentation on the Read to Achieve Report on the Use of the Formative, Diagnostic Assessment System, Reading 3D. 
Under the Consent Agenda, members will approve the Policy Delineating the Components of the READY Accountability Model including Annual Measurable Objectives, Race to the Top Evaluation Report: North Carolina Regional Leadership Academies – Final Activity Report, Race to the Top Performance Incentives in North Carolina: A Summative Report, Report to the North Carolina General Assembly: Care for Students with Diabetes for LEAs and Charter Schools, Charter Amendment to Change the Name of Crossnore Academy, and North Carolina Virtual Public School Blended Learning System Courses Final Report: Impact, Qualitative Assessment, and Policy Recommendations. 
Committee chairs will then report out and members will take action on regular agenda items as appropriate. 
Chairman Bill Cobey will conclude the meeting with his comments followed by a discussion of any new and old business.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 12:28
Proposed Budget Plan Creates North Carolina Education Endowment PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 July 2014 15:07

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Lt. Gov. Dan Forest's recommendation for a mechanism to allow individuals and corporations to make donations to a fund for teachers is included in the budget plan making its way through the General Assembly.

In a news release, Lt. Gov. Forest praised the budget plan for providing teachers with an average 7 percent increase in pay, as well as for creating the North Carolina Education Endownment.
If the budget is approved and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory, the endowment will be a vehicle for contributions toward increasing teacher pay, either by a direct donation or through state tax forms. 
The bill additionally creates a special “I Support Teachers” license plate, the proceeds from which will be deposited into the Endowment, according to the news release. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 15:08

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