The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education
2011 Legislative Agenda
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education hereby adopts as its legislative priorities and requests that the North Carolina legislature take action on the following items:
1. Providing adequate funding and budget flexibility to local school districts.
- Minimize funding cuts to K-12 education.
- To the extent there are funding cuts, let local school districts decide how to implement those cuts (e.g. – limit state-mandated line item cuts).
2. Elevating and enhancing the teaching profession through reforms in evaluation, compensation and career status.
- Review and reform tenure laws to ensure an appropriate balance between due process rights and the ability of local school districts to be flexible in making human capital decisions.
- Clarify evaluation standards and give local school districts the flexibility to adopt additional evaluation standards suited to their local realities.
- Examine and implement effective alternative compensation models which reward teacher performance.
3. Providing flexibility to local school districts in reforming low-performing schools.
- Remove existing impediments to implementing creative solutions to reform low-performing schools.
- Ensure a level regulatory playing field for public and charter schools where possible (e.g. – personnel rules).
4. Provide flexibility to local school districts with regard to establishing school calendars best-suited for their local environments.
- Repeal calendar law
- Enable local districts to construct school calendars governed only by state constitution parameters.
5. Providing taxing authority for local school districts.
- Empower local boards of education to set tax rate for the local portion of public K-12 education spending.
- Allow phase-in period for localities to make desired electoral adjustments.
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