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State Board of Education Expansion Request For Disadvantaged Student Supplemental Funding

  1. Anticipated Outcomes
    To assure academic proficiency among students who are performing below grade level consistent with ABCs Student Accountability Standards and No Child Left Behind's Adequate Yearly Progress requirements.

  2. Implementation
    The State Board's student accountability standards and North Carolina statute require that PEPs be provided for all elementary and middle grades students below grade level. With the academic progress realized in recent years, the remaining students not at grade level present serious and specific learning challenges. However, there is considerable variability in the quality of these plans and the effectiveness with which they are implemented. High quality PEPs offer significant promise for assuring student proficiency, and meeting the exacting standards of the federal government's No Child Left Behind legislation. To assure optimal implementation of PEPs, funds would be used to support the following types of strategies:
    • Instructional resources to meet AYP targets
    • Transportation for after school programs
    • Tutorial services
    • Classroom support for Limited English Proficient students
    • Reduction of class size beyond current formulas for at risk students
    • Saturday academies
    • Materials and equipment
    • Additional teachers and specialists
    • Alternative learning settings
    • Implementation of research-based programs such as Project Achieve, EVAAS, Learning Bridges and Positive Behavior Support, Schools Attuned, etc.
    • Staff support through professional development, lateral entry teacher course support, best practices training, etc.

  3. Support and Technical Assistance:
    The Department of Public Instruction will provide guidance, support, and technical assistance in the development, implementation, and monitoring of effective PEPs through its LEA Assistance Program (LEAAP).

  4. Projected Costs: Total - $223,844,660
    Immediate Request: At least 10% of total - $22,384,466

    In order to adequately fund this effort across all LEAs, the budget for these purposes should be aggressively expanded each year in order to achieve the recommended total and assure that the North Carolina and No Child Left Behind goal of universal student proficiency are achieved. Consistent with the recommendations of the Governor's Education First Taskforce, this amount would effectively double the funds available through the at-risk student services and improving student accountability allotment categories. Priority for funding would first be given to LEAs on the basis of student performance, poverty and teacher turnover.

Hoke County Board of Education v. State of North Carolina Letter

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

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