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Principal Preparation Changes Signed Into Law

Elizabeth Yelverton | NCASA Legal Affairs & Policy Manager

Governor Roy Cooper signed into law last Friday a bill which will expand principal preparation opportunities across the State by merging the existing Transforming Principal Preparation Program (TP3) with the Principal Fellows Program. The North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) was extensively involved in producing the final version of Senate Bill 227, and we would like to thank the Governor and his team for their efforts and cooperation in quickly signing this important bill into law.

This week brought a change in pace from last week’s packed schedule at the legislature, with both the House and Senate taking some time off to observe Independence Day. While there was little new discussion and debate, a few education bills moved forward in the Senate Rules Committee, and a couple of others were sent to the Governor for approval.


Action/Expected Action by Governor

S227: TP3/Principal Fellows Consolidation

  • This bill would maintain the existing administration of the Transforming Principal Preparation Program (TP3) for current grant recipients until 2021 and expand the Principal Fellows Commission to include the TP3.
  • STATUS: Signed into law by Governor 6/27

S399: Rehire High-Need Teachers

  • This bill allows retired teachers to return to work in certain high-needs schools without adversely impacting their retirement benefits.
  • STATUS: Presented to Governor 7/1

S500: Modify Advanced Math Course Enrollment

  • This bill clarifies requirements for advanced math course enrollment and requires reporting on advance math course enrollment. Additionally, for the 2019-2020 school year only, it exempts certain schools from the requirement that 7th grade students who score at the highest level be enrolled in a high school math course in 8th grade. Additionally, the Conference Committee Substitute (CCS) would expressly authorize local boards of education to provide supplemental content enrichment to students enrolled in a high school level math course, if needed. Additionally, it would clarify that schools that are exempted from the 8th grade math placement requirement in 2019-2020 may still offer high school math in 8th grade if they choose.
  • STATUS: Presented to Governor 7/1

H886: Study Participation of Operators in NC Pre-K

  • This bill studies the challenges of child care facility operators participating in the North Carolina Prekindergarten (NC Pre-K) Program.
  • STATUS: Passed Senate 6/26, Sent to Governor 6/28

H924: Teacher Contract Changes

  • This bill clarifies how much time a teacher must have already worked for a local board of education in order to be eligible for an extended employment contract. It also requires a new course in economics and personal finance (EPF) as a graduation requirement for students and requires professional development for teachers of that course. Finally, it would also clarify the requirements for the existing high school civics course, and require the State Board of Education to revise the standards for the social studies standard course of study.
  • STATUS: Sent to Governor 6/28


Senate Rules (7/1)

H107(=S101): PED Oversight/EPP Changes

  • The bill was amended in committee to require the State Board to annually review the accountability status of each educator preparation program (EPP) and develop rules based on the assignment of warned, probation, or revoked statuses.
  • STATUS: Approved, Placed on Senate Calendar for 7/8

H362: 15-Point Scale For School Performance Grades

  • The bill would permanently extend the 15-point scale for calculating school performance grades. It was amended in committee to require the State Board and State Superintendent to study and make recommendations on the school performance grading model by February 15, 2020.
  • STATUS: Approved, Placed on Senate Calendar for 7/8

H668: Various Higher Education Changes

  • The bill was amended in committee to: (1) authorize community colleges to use adequate insurance coverage in place of bonds for employees handling institutional funds and property; (2) rename the University Of North Carolina Center For Public Television as The University Of North Carolina Center For Public Media; (3) authorize the Board of Governors to establish policies that allow certain lease purchase agreements; and (4) allow evidence of North Carolina high school graduation for students to rebut the presumption that the student's residence is the parent's residence for in state tuition purposes.
  • STATUS: Approved, Placed on Senate Calendar for 7/8


Elizabeth Yelverton