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2015 State Board of Education Legislative Agenda

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  1. Professional Development/Educator Effectiveness:  Invest in our teaching workforce and leadership.  Enhance Educator Effectiveness through proven measures of training:
    1. Regionally-based Professional Development
    2. Distinguished Leadership in Practice
    3. Regional Leadership Academies
    4. NC Educator Evaluation System
    5. K-2 EVAAS

  2. Teacher Leaders. Teacher Pay. Career Opportunities:  Maintain and improve our state’s commitment to the teaching profession.
    1. Fulfill the commitment to raise all teachers’ salaries to attract and retain the best and brightest.
    2. Institute targeted Master’s and Doctoral Pay.
    3. Ensure a high-quality, sustainable NC teacher recruitment plan.

  3. Textbooks: Reinstate the textbook funding level to $77.16 per student (from $15.96 in FY 2014-15).

  4. Digital Learning:  Provide the support and infrastructure necessary to reach the Digital Learning goal of 2017 set by the General Assembly.
    1. Expand school connectivity support to include internal school network infrastructure for reliable wireless and wired connectivity.
    2. Secure classroom technology needs during implementation of the Instructional Improvement System within Home Base.
    3. Manage delivery of instructional tools and resources for the Home Base system, accessible by all 115 school districts and charter schools.

  5. NC Virtual Public School:
    Allow funding formula flexibility option for local school districts to optimize their virtual learning needs.
    1. Increase staffing capacity to accommodate increased demand and anticipated growth.
    2. Exempt NC Virtual Public School from the Umstead Act for both short- and long-term sustainability.   

  6. Instructional Supplies:  Reinstate the per student funding level to $59.33 (from $28.92 in FY 2014-15).

  7. Turning Around Lowest Achieving Schools:  Continue proven support for principals, teachers and superintendents in lowest achieving schools and districts.

  8. Read to Achieve:  Improve upon the sound foundations set in this early literacy law and provide the required support to help children meet the rigorous  demands.
    1. Permit local funding flexibility with Reading Camp money for K-2 struggling readers to attend Reading Camps (extended day/extended year) after commitments to 3rd graders are met, and ensure that the funds do not revert.
    2. Provide additional staffing, such as Master Literacy Trainers, Instructional Coaches, and/or Teacher Assistants, to ensure that each child can read by or before 3rd grade.

  9. School Calendar Flexibility:  Allow local school districts the option of a balanced calendar of 185 days or 1,025 hours with local flexibility on start and end dates.  Allow alignment of the school calendar with that of community colleges and universities to enhance learning opportunities.

  10. NC Procurement Alliance:  Invest in this child nutrition Alliance (where every $1.00 invested saves LEAs $6.00).


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