From the desk of Senator Joyce Waddell

Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee Updates

Joyce Waddell

CHARLOTTE, NC- This week the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee met to hear presentations on the National School Breakfast Program and the Perkins Re-authorization and CTE.

School breakfast is only reaching 58% of kids who might need it. Summer meals are only reaching 14% of kids who might need them. Members of the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee discussed ways to implement effective state policies and work with the Department of Education, school districts, and educators to improve outcomes for kids in your district. No Kid Hungry can show you what might work for our communities to serve and support local school administrative units in providing nutritious, appealing, affordable, easily accessible meals for all students as part of the instructional day.

North Carolina’s Perkins V grant funds are split between Local Education Agency, community colleges, and funds for administration and other State activities (including funding for special populations).

The actual distribution of funds for NC’s FY 2019-20 Perkins grant is as follows:

Entity Amount -

Public Schools $ 23,859,952

Community Colleges $ 12,428,261

Admin and Other State Activities $ 6,403,803

Total 2019-20 $ 42,692,016

There are major changes to the Perkins IV to The Strengthening Career and Technical

Education for the 21St Century Perkins V Act that includes:

1. New requirement of a Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment for each local applicant to the State.

2. What is reported to the Federal Government.

3. Definition of a Concentrator -previously, Concentrator was not defined by the Federal Government. NC defined it as a student who earns four credits in a CTE pathway; Perkins V now defines concentrator (at the secondary school level) as a student who has completed at least two courses in a single career and technical education program or program of study (career pathway in NC).

4. New Emphasis on Career Awareness (5th Grade) activities.

5. Emphasis on Employability Skills development. NC has researched and identified six essential employability skills.

These will be emphasized in curriculum as revisions occur. The six are:

a. Communication

b. Ethics

c. Problem Solving

d. Professionalism

e. Resource Management

f. Teamwork

"Even though the general assembly is not in session committees continue to meet. The oversight committees are very active with the purpose making certain that legislation is probably enacted. The education committee is one of the most active and responsive committees." said Senator Joyce Waddell.