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Short Title: Excellent Public Schools Act.
Sponsors: Senators Apodaca, P. Berger, and Tillman (Primary Sponsors).
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT to make changes to improve Kâ€‘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:
PART I. IMPROVE Kâ€‘3 LITERACY
SECTION 1.(a) G.S. 115Câ€‘81.2 is repealed.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.
“Â§ 115Câ€‘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.
“Â§ 115Câ€‘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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