Senate Bill 516, “Public School Regulatory Reform,” throws out requirements for maximum class size and minimizes other school district reporting requirements. If you read the bill all the way to the end, however, you’ll notice Part VII, titled “Eliminate Personal Education Plans.”
Personal education plans, or PEPs as they are widely known, have been around for more than a decade and are intended to help at-risk students in North Carolina achieve academic success. North Carolina law requires that any child who does not meet grade-level proficiency (he or she who scores a Level I or Level II on EOG or EOC tests) be eligible for a PEP.
PEPs aid parents, teachers and administrators in planning out the special interventions a student needs. These interventions can include, but are not limited to, smaller classes, tutorial sessions, extended school day, and alternative learning models.
Last year, Senators Tillman and Stein strengthened support for PEPs in their education reform bill. A call to Tillman’s office seeking an answer as to why he has changed course went unreturned. Read More…