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House Approves Bill To Change School Psychologist Licensing Requirements, Sends to Senate

On Thursday, House Bill 933 passed unanimously in the House and is heading to the Senate for consideration. H933 would require the State Board of Education (SBE) to issue a school psychologist license to any individual who holds the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential issued by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) within 60 days of submission of an application including documentation verifying that credential.

H933, sponsored by Rep. Josh Dobson (R- McDowell), comes from interim work by the House Select Committee on School Safety Student Health Working Group. The bill includes the following:

  1. Repeals G.S. 115C-270.20(b), which stated that the State Board shall establish classification and levels of preparation necessary for issuance of licenses for administrators and student services personnel.
  2. States that the SBE shall establish classification and levels of preparation necessary for issuance of licenses for administrators and student services personnel.
  3. States that the SBE shall issue a school psychologist license to an individual who meets the criteria for licensure as a school psychologist or holds the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential issued by the National Association of School Psychologists.

The bill would be effective when it becomes law and apply to applications for licensure which are submitted on or after that date. Click here to view the bill. Click here to view the bill summary.

Other bills regarding school safety emerging this week are as follows:

  • S720 /H962: Would require charter schools, regional schools, UNC laboratory schools, and nonpublic schools accepting students receiving opportunity scholarship grants to develop a school risk management plan, hold school safety exercises, and provide school safety information to local law enforcement and the Division of Emergency Management.
  • H932: Would require public schools to appropriate funds to support the anonymous safety tip line application.
  • H934: Would require the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools to establish threat assessment teams in public schools, peer to peer student counseling programs, and provide grants for peer to peer student counseling programs.
  • H937: Defines school safety resource officers as a law enforcement officer who is assigned to one or more public schools at least 20 hours a week, assists with school security, safety, emergency preparedness, emergency response, or any other responsibility by the school or law enforcement agency.
  • H938: Directs the Center for Safer Schools to develop a facility vulnerability assessment tool and local school administrative units to complete a facility vulnerability assessment for each school building annually.
  • H940: Directs each local board of education to report annually to the Center for Safer Schools on information about school resource officers. It also directs the Center for Safer Schools to report annually to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.
  • H941: Appropriates additional grant funds of $1.8 million for school resource officers, effective July 1, 2018.
Jacqueline Wyatt | NCASA