North Carolina Arts Education Leadership Coalition (NC AELC)
It has been common and accepted practice that North Carolina provide teacher allotments in all grades and set class size limits in grades K-3 for many years that have allowed flexibility for local school districts to fund a variety of teaching positions including positions in visual art, music, theatre, dance, health and physical education, world languages and in other special areas that are usually taught by a licensed teacher specialist other than the K-3 general classroom teacher.
These specialized teaching positions, otherwise known as “Program Enhancement Teachers,” do not have a separate allotment provided by the state and typically local school districts fund these positions within the flexibility between the number of teachers allotted and the class size limits that are currently in place.
A budget technical corrections bill adopted on June 28, 2017 by the General Assembly describes intent language to use data collected to fund a new allotment for Program Enhancement Teachers for local school districts beginning in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
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