MESSAGES 2014 :: JANUARY 2, 2014

State Board Meets Next Week

The State Board of Education will meet next week, Jan. 8-9, in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

Following is a summary of the Board's agenda. Please note that Board members will discuss all agenda items (unless otherwise noted) in their committee meetings on Wednesday, Jan. 8. Board members will summarize their Committee discussions and take action on agenda items as appropriate during their full Board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 9. An agenda and executive summaries are posted online at The State Board's committee meetings and full Board meeting are audio streamed for those who can't attend. To listen to the sessions, use the Live Audio Stream link at To provide comments or feedback regarding specific agenda items, please e-mail the State Board members individually (addresses available online at or e-mail your comments/feedback to

10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Issues Session. Board members will hear presentations on testing in other states and assessment options. 12 p.m. Lunch
1-1:45 p.m.

Leadership for Innovation Committee
State Board member Rebecca Taylor, chair; Wayne McDevitt, vice chair Action items: Program Approval Requests Under the Innovative Education Initiatives Act and Final Approval for 2014 Charter Schools Discussion items: Renewal Information for Charter Schools with Charters Expiring in 2014 and Recommendations for Enrollment and Grade Expansion Requests for Charter Schools New Business items: NCVPS Executive Director's Report and Update on the Feasibility Study Establishing a Western Campus for the School of Science and Math
1:45-2:10 p.m.

Globally Competitive Students Committee
State Board member Marcella Savage, chair; Olivia Oxendine, vice chair Action item: Career and Technical Education Revisions to Essential Standards New Business item: Grading Scales
2:10 p.m. Break
2:20-3 p.m.

21st Century Professionals Committee
State Board member Olivia Oxendine, chair; John Tate, vice chair Action items: Procedure for Seeking Extensions for Licensure Requirements, New Licensure Areas for Institutions of Higher Education Programs and LEA Requests for Standard Six Flexibility Discussion item: Proposed Standards, Rubrics and Users Guide for the Evaluation of Career and Development Coordinators
3-4 p.m.

Twenty-First Century Systems Committee
State Board member Gregory Alcorn, chair; Kevin Howell, vice chair Action items: Plan for Digital Learning in Public Schools and Allotment Formula for Summer Reading Camps Discussion items: Driver Education Educator Salary, NC Virtual Public School Advisory Board Membership, FY 2014-15 Supplemental Budget and Contracts Update
4-4:30 p.m.

Healthy Responsible Students Committee
State Board member Tricia Willoughby, chair; Reginald Kenan, vice chair New Business item: Presentation from the Governor's School Safety Task Force: The Myths of School Safety 4:30 p.m. Board convenes in Open Session and adjourns to closed session 4:55 p.m. Board reconvenes in Open Session and adjourns THURSDAY, JAN. 9
9-11:30 a.m

Following approval of their December minutes, Board members will recognize new Local Board of Education Advisor Richard Hooker, Cleveland County Schools' Board of Education. This will be followed by a special presentation on the Race to the Top Evaluation Report on Teacher Incentives and Strategic Staffing by Trip Stallings and Doug Lauen with the NC State University Friday Institute. NCDPI Race to the Top Director Adam Levinson will then provide an update on the Race to the Top program followed by State Superintendent June Atkinson who will present her Report to the Board. During her report, she will recognize the 2013-14 National Title I Distinguished Schools: Calvin Wiley Elementary (Guilford County Schools) and Jonathan Valley Elementary (Haywood County Schools). NCDPI Legislative and Community Affairs Director Rachel Beaulieu will report on legislative activities, and State Board Staff Attorney Katie Cornetto will follow with a Rules Review Update. Under the Board's Consent Agenda, members will approve the Title III Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO) Status Report for 2012-13, reports to the NC General Assembly on Implementation of the ABCs and Statewide Consolidated Assistance Program, and Increase Access to Career/Technical Education, sec. 1(b), sec. 2(c)., and the Report on School Connectivity Initiative. Committee chairs will then report out and members will take action on regular agenda items as appropriate. Chairman Bill Cobey will conclude the meeting with his comments and discussion of any old/new business.