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Education Oversight Committee Approves Draft Legislation For 2018 Short Session

On Tuesday, the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee (JLEOC) met to finalize its report to the General Assembly presented during the 2018 short session beginning May 16. The report contains four findings as well as four recommendations including related bill drafts.

The recommendations and bill drafts are as follows:

  1. Extend the virtual charter school pilot program to close with the 2022-2023 school year, instead of 2018-2019, in order to reassess the student outcomes over a longer period of time. To view the bill draft, click here, view page 27.
  2. The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is encouraged by the committee to do the following: Prioritize making licensure policies and processes clear and useful to applicants and employers, improve online information about the licensure process and keep applicants and employers informed of licensure status and updates, build and maintain a supportive culture in the Licensure Division, enhance the technology for the online licensure system and build a reporting functionality for the Licensure Division, and direct the Licensure Division to implement a cross-training program for all employees. To view the bill draft, click here, view page 30.
  3. Continue the studying and development of plans to support medical education and residency programs to address the heath care needs of the State, as well as generate measurable objectives for use of the State to fund medical education and residency programs and provide direction to the Department of Health and Human Services in program design. To view the bill draft, click here, view page 32.
  4. Creating of an annual report that includes the following lists and percentages of LEAs regarding teaching cursive writing and multiplication tables: those in compliance with the cursive writing and multiplication table teaching requirements and those who are non-compliant, instructional strategies used by each LEA to implement the cursive writing requirement and which is also broken down by LEA, percentage of LEAs using various cursive writing instructional strategies, and LEAs that did not provide information for the report. To view the bill draft, click here, view page 36.

The committee’s findings regarded its support of the following:

  1. The ongoing implementation of the University of North Carolina Laboratory Schools.
  2. The re-establishment of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program and the program’s endeavor to provide future teachers with the following skills: educator preparation degrees, STEM degrees, and special education licensure.
  3. The continuance of Schools That Lead (STL), a program that develops cohorts of principals and teachers within and across schools and school systems to focus on student learning and achievement.
  4. The Eastern North Carolina STEM program (ENC STEM).

With little discussion, the committee voted to approve the report. Chairwoman Rep. Linda P. Johnson (R-Cabarrus) stated the committee’s intent to resume work during and after the short session. To view the report, click here.

Jacqueline Wyatt for NCASA