Text of S795 Senate education plan

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Short Title: Excellent Public Schools Act.

Sponsors: Senators Apodaca, P. Berger, and Tillman (Primary Sponsors).

Referred to:


AN ACT to make changes to improve K‑3 literacy; provide literacy volunteer leave time; assign school performance grades; MAXIMIZE INSTRUCTIONAL TIME; adjust school calendar START and end dates; fund five additional INSTRUCTIONAL days within the EXISTING school calendar; establish an NC teacher corps; strengthen teacher licensure requirements; PROVIDE PROOF OF STATE-FUNDED LIABILITY INSURANCE; establish plans for pay FOR EXCELLENCE; END TENURE; AND eliminate public FINANCING for the office of superintendent of public instruction.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:


SECTION 1.(a) G.S. 115C‑81.2 is repealed.

SECTION 1.(b) Article 8 of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new Part to read:

“Part 1A. North Carolina Read to Achieve Program.

“§ 115C‑83.1A. State goal.

The goal of the State is to ensure that every student read at or above grade level by the end of third grade and continue to progress in reading proficiency so that he or she can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for secondary education and career success.

“§ 115C‑83.1B. Purposes.

(a) The purposes of this Part are to ensure that (i) difficulty with reading development is identified as early as possible; (ii) students receive appropriate instructional and support services to address difficulty with reading development and to remediate reading deficiencies; and (iii) each student and his or her parent or guardian be continuously informed of the student’s academic needs and progress.

(b) In addition to the purposes listed in subsection (a) of this section, the purpose of this Part is to determine that progression from one grade to another be based, in part, upon proficiency in reading.

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NC State Senate plan would end teacher tenure, social promotion

North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger announced a sweeping education plan introduced in the Senate today. Berger said the plan closely mirrors programs in Florida. The bill will be taken up in the legislature’s short session which starts on May 16.

The bill includes additional funds for reading programs in Grades 1-3. It would end teacher tenure and institute a merit pay system. It would also put an end to social promotion, Berger said.

Berger said he did not talk with teacher groups but did talk with individual teachers, superintendents and legislators in other states.

Naturally, the move has political implications. Teacher organizations are likely to fight the bill, but some aspects of it resonate strongly with independent voters and Democrats so it could turn into a wedge issue. President Obama is known to advocate positions that give the NEA heartburn.

The A-F grading system was a pretty smart move IMHO. As a former K-12 reporter who had to cover the implementation of the current School of Excellence/ School of Distinction system, it all seemed a bit too too. Most people probably have no idea what they mean. The A-F system is understandable.

It would be terrific if this thing could be a true starting point for reforming the state’s education system, but right now it looks like a purely partisan move. It’ll be interesting if some of the reporters covering this can get into who all Berger has been talking to about the bill. House Speaker, Thom Tillis for instance, wasn’t even in town. Neither was Pat McCrory.


Links to follow.

WRAL – NC Senate wants merit pay, end to teacher tenure