2017 State Board of Education Legislative Agenda
Vision: Every public school student will graduate ready for post-secondary education and work, prepared to be a globally engaged and productive citizen.
Mission: The State Board of Education will use its constitutional authority to lead and uphold the system of public education in North Carolina.
- Every student in the NC Public School System graduates from high school prepared for work, further education and citizenship.
- Every student has a personalized education.
- Every student, every day has excellent educators.
- Every school district has up-to-date financial, business, and technology systems to serve its students, parents and educators.
- Every student is healthy, safe, and responsible.
- Paying our Talented Team
- Teacher pay: Boost teacher salaries to #1 in the Southeast.
- Principal/Assistant Principal pay: Remedy the salary schedule discrepancies and increase salaries significantly.
- Master’s and Doctoral pay: Reinstate this targeted pay for eligible teachers.
- Differentiated pay: Fulfill the 2016 General Assembly’s stated intent to fund Advanced Teaching Roles based on local pilots.
- Enhancing the Skills of the Team
- Principal Preparation: Strengthen the resources and support for school leadership.
- Professional Development/Educator Effectiveness:
- Improve student achievement and instruction by investing in educator training.
- Fulfill local needs for recruitment and retention initiatives.
- Invest in students’ behavioral support services to promote better learning and teaching.
- Investing in what Works
- Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model: Enact laws and increase funding consistent with this framework of wrap-around services that support the health behaviors and academic performance of all students.
- Pre-K & Early Childhood Education: Transfer Pre-K to DPI and increase Pre-K slots so that more at-risk children receive a high quality education.
- Calendar flexibility: Permit local school districts’ control of their local school calendar given the evidence that such flexibility increases academic achievement for all students.
- Medicaid reform: Ensure that NC maximizes the potential for untapped Medicaid dollars for eligible student services.
- Compulsory School Age: Raise the age of compulsory school attendance from 16 and study the resulting needs for additional comprehensive supports.
- Adding more Talented Members to the Team
- Class size allotments/budget provision: Remedy the 2017-18 adverse effects on special subject teachers (e.g., arts, world languages, physical education, etc.).
- Mentor teachers: Expand the state law qualifications to include retired teachers within their first five years of retirement and other highly-qualified educators (e.g., instructional coaches and others) in order to meet state demand.
- Teacher Assistants and Instructional Support Personnel: Increase funding for more student and classroom support personnel, including but not limited to teacher assistants, literacy coaches, and further support for Read to Achieve initiatives beyond 3rd grade.
- School Nurses/Child and Family Support Teams: Enable a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model through funding wrap-around services and critical personnel.
- Troops to Teachers: Rescue this program for military veterans transitioning into the teacher corps in light of the 2016 elimination of federal funding.
- Enhancing the Classroom Experience for Teachers and Students
- Public School Capital Infrastructure: Enact a sustainable solution for the $8 billion needed for public school buildings over the next 5 years.
- Textbooks/Digital Learning and Resources:
- Reinstate the textbook funding level to $77.16 per student (from $34.81 in FY16-17).
- Increase school-based technical support and Home Base instructional content.
- District & School Transformation: Fund this proven turn-around model, and modify “low-performing schools” statutes to reflect evidence-based practices and align with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
- Instructional Supplies: Reinstate the per student funding level to $59.33 (from $28.33 in FY16-17).
- Students with Special Needs: Significantly increase funding for these children and the residential schools.
- CTE & CIHS: Continue innovations by adding more Career and Technical Education certifications and new Cooperative and Innovative High Schools.
- NC Check-Ins: Help students receive targeted instruction based on their results from interim assessments.
- Child Nutrition: Invest in child nutrition programs and secure further returns on investment through the NC Procurement Alliance (where every $1.00 invested saves LEAs $6.00).
- Supporting for Results
- A-F School Performance Grades: Modify the formula to align, at a minimum, with NC’s plan under ESSA.
- DPI Expansion: Restore and improve upon critically needed positions and technologies for effective and reliable services to charters and local school districts.
- Teacher Licensure: Provide state support for renewals.
- Criminal Background Checks: Require and fund fingerprint background checks for teacher licensure applicants.