State Board of Ed. to meet April 1-3

The State Board of Education will meet this week, April 1-3, in the Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

Following is a summary of the Board’s regular agenda. The complete agenda is available online. Also, the State Board’s committee meetings and full Board meeting are audio streamed for those who can’t attend. To listen to the sessions, please go online and scroll to the Live Audio Stream links. For more information, please contact the NCDPI’s Communications division at 919.807.3450.

Tuesday, April 1, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The Globally Competitive Students Committee, co-chaired by State Board members Kathy Taft and Tricia Willoughby, will meet in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building. Agenda items include action on the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 Five-Year State Plan, the 2008 Invitation to Submit Textbooks for evaluation and adoption in North Carolina, and changes to the policy delineating the components of the ABCs accountability program including Adequate Yearly Progress. Members will discuss revisions to the state’s Academically or Intellectually Gifted program and approval of Supplemental Education Service Providers for 2008-09.

Wednesday, April 2, 8:30 -­ 10:15 a.m

The Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee, co-chaired by State Board members Kevin Howell and John Tate, will meet in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building. Agenda items include approval of grants and individual class size exceptions waiver requests. Under New Business, discussion items include the pilot program of alternative teacher salary plans, improving teacher quality in the DSSF pilot districts and the North Carolina High School Resource Allocation study.

10:30 a.m. -­ 12:15 p.m

The 21st Century Professionals Committee, co-chaired by State Board members Shirley Harris and Eulada Watt, will meet in Room 504 (Video-Conferencing Center), Education Building. Agenda items include action on standards for school executive preparation programs, and addition of elementary level (grades K-6) licensure areas in Reading, English-as-a-Second Language, Special Education: General Curriculum and Special Education: Adapted Curriculum. Discussion items include approval/adoption of the School Executive: Principal Evaluation Instrument and highly qualified teachers and the equitable distribution of teachers.

10:30 a.m. -­ 12:15 p.m

The Leadership for Innovation Committee, co-chaired by State Board members Melissa Bartlett and Tom Speed, will meet in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building. Agenda items include action on the revision of SBE Policy EEO-U-006 Policy for Charter Schools on Financial and Governance Non-Compliance, program approval exemption requests under the Innovative Education Initiatives Act, the Cooperative Innovative High School Program Act ­ Calendar Waivers for Educational Purposes, and school-based calendar waivers for educational purposes. Members will discuss the transfer of the charter for Exploris, and receive a report on the NC Virtual Public School/Learn and Earn Online.

1:15 – 4:30 p.m.

The Board will meet as a whole in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building. The Board’s afternoon session will focus on its Information Agenda including the operating procedures for the enrollment of high school students in community college courses and an update on the NCDPI’s Licensure Section. Committee chairs also will report on their action on first reading and discussion items.

Thursday, April 3, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Members will recognize State Employees Credit Union Senior Vice President Leigh Brady; receive a Good News report from Project K-Nect Project Director Shawn Gross; receive reports from the Chairman, State Superintendent and Deputy State Superintendent; and take action on agenda items as appropriate.

12:30 p.m.

Board members have been invited to attend a luncheon at the Capital City Club in Raleigh honoring the 2008 Principal of the Year.