GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
HOUSE BILL 966
AN ACT directing the state board of education to establish a pilot program authorizing the implementation of alternative teacher salary plans.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. The State Board of Education shall establish a pilot program authorizing the implementation of alternative teacher salary plans. The purpose of the pilot program is to enable local school administrative units to develop and implement new and innovative teacher salary plans that will improve student performance by financially rewarding teachers through performance pay plans, recruiting teachers to the school unit, and recruiting teachers to hard‑to‑fill positions in specific subject areas. The State Board of Education may select up to five local school administrative units to participate in the pilot program.
SECTION 2. Local school administrative units applying to participate in the pilot program shall submit to the State Board of Education a business plan adopted by the local board of education. The business plan shall:
(1) Explain in detail how additional flexibility regarding the use of salary funds will be used to accomplish specific improvements in student academic performance;
(2) Describe the alternative methods to be used, the changes to existing practices proposed for the pilot, the incentives or alternative salary structure to be deployed, the expectations for teachers and other employees who participate in the pilot, the anticipated results, and the methods by which teachers and other employees will be evaluated;
(3) Set out the laws, rules, and policies that must be waived to implement the business plan and the expected outcomes of waiving them;
(4) Explain how the plan will be administered in a nondiscriminatory manner to assure fair and equitable treatment of all employees and employee groups participating in the pilot;
(5) Include specific implementation, time line, management, performance, and reporting benchmarks;
(6) Include statements of how teachers and other stakeholders were included in the development of the plan; and
(7) Include a statement of how all teachers who will be directly participating in the plan conducted a verifiable secret ballot vote, a statement that the results of the vote were presented to the planning team and local board of education prior to the local board's consideration of the final plan, and a statement that the majority of teachers in the schools participating in the plan and the school administration team have agreed on the design of the plan.
SECTION 3. The State Board of Education may grant waivers of laws, rules, and policies to pilot units that are necessary to implement the business plans submitted by the pilot units.
SECTION 4. The Department of Public Instruction shall notify all school districts of the availability of the pilot projects and the time lines for submission of the business plans. The Department of Public Instruction shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee as to the number of districts that have submitted business plans, the types of waivers being requested, and the status of the selection process.
SECTION 5. The Financial Services Section of the Department of Public Instruction shall monitor the implementation of the business plans by the pilot units and shall report its findings regularly to the State Board of Education and the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.
SECTION 6. The Department of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by June 30, 2010, regarding the effectiveness and performance of all pilots implemented under this act. The report shall include any recommendations regarding the continuation, modification, or elimination of the pilot program.
SECTION 7. This act is effective when it becomes law.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 1st day of August, 2007.
Beverly E. Perdue
President of the Senate
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Michael F. Easley
Approved __________.m. this ______________ day of ___________________, 2007