DPI Briefs for 3/18/08

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*  Superintendent’s Task Force on Ethics and Licensure Schedules First Meeting

The first meeting of the Superintendent’s Task Force on Ethics and Licensure will be held this Thursday, March 20, beginning at 9:30 a.m., in Room 224, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. Comprised of local school administrators, deans of education schools, teachers, local school board attorneys, and representatives from the teacher organizations, the task force will be considering issues including: fingerprinting at the state level, the list of grounds for disciplinary actions, the range of available disciplinary actions, how to distribute the code of teacher ethics more effectively, whether to license substitutes and teacher assistants, when to require local school systems to report to the state regarding misconduct of teachers, and generally how to strengthen our system of teacher discipline. The task force also will examine the teacher discipline approach in other states as well as rules and procedures used to license other professionals in North Carolina. Ultimately, the task force will review whether changes to NC rules are advisable and perhaps the need for additional legislation. The end result will be a report with recommendations to the State Board of Education and State Superintendent. If you have any questions, please contact the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.

* March State Board Meeting Highlights Online

At the March Board meeting, members approved revision of the K-5 Mathematics Standard Course of Study, adoption of a Praxis II test for licensure in Latin, staff recommendations regarding program approval exemption requests under the Innovative Education Initiatives Act as well as school-based calendar waivers for educational purposes, and its 2008-09 Supplemental Budget request. Members discussed changes to the policy delineating the components of the ABCs accountability program including Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2007-08 school year, standards for school executive (principal) preparation programs, and the addition of elementary level (K-6) licensure areas in reading, English-as-a-Second language, and special education: cross-categorical. Complete Board highlights are available online at www.ncpublicschools.org/sbehighlights by clicking on the appropriate link.

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