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Office of Charter Schools

6303 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6303  •  919.807.3491

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  February 26, 2016

Upcoming Events



March 2-3, 2016

State Board of Education Meeting


March 7-8, 2016

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


April 16,  2016

SECU Scholarship Information due to Office of Charter Schools

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates 


PowerSchool Eligible Schools Summary Report (ESSR) 



Training for PowerSchool-ESSR, which includes an option for Community Eligibility Provision will be held several times. PowerSchool-ESSR submission for 2016-17 is required by all LEAs and charters, regardless of Title I status. Please sign up for at least one date and time using the links provided. Contact Allison Yarboro with questions or concerns via email


Please note that PowerSchool – ESSR will be opening May 1st.


Eligible Schools Summary Report (ESSR) Training 2016-2017 occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you:

March 16th -


March 18th -


March 29th -


March 31st -


April 7th -


April 18th -


May 4th -


May 11th -

Home Base

Home Base User Groups

Please see the attached document regarding the March Home Base User Groups meetings.  If you have any questions, please contact Jill Darrough at



Attachment:   2016 Home Base User Groups



Finance Officers' Updates



Attached below is the Finance Officers' Newsletter.  Please review the information and contact the individual listed in the newsletter with any questions or concerns.



Attachments:  Finance Officers' Newsletter

                         Summary Hiring Requirements

                         Summary of Professional Standards CE Requirements

State Board of Education Meets Next Week

The State Board of Education will meet next week, March 2-3, in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.



Please note that Board members will discuss all agenda items (unless otherwise noted) in their committee meetings on Wednesday, March 2. Board members will summarize their Committee discussions and take action on agenda items as appropriate during their full Board meeting on Thursday, March 3.




The agendas and executive summaries are posted online (under Meetings tab). The State Board’s committee meetings and full Board meeting are audio streamed for those who can’t attend.




To provide comments or feedback regarding specific agenda items, please email State Board members individually or email general comments/feedback. 

NC State Board of Education Seal

Annual Census of Students with Deaf-Blindness



Attached are the requirements for the 2015 Annual Census of Students with Deaf-Blindness.  The submission deadline is March 18, 2016.  Please contact Dottie Snyder at or 919 807-3987 with questions or concerns. 

Attachments:   Memo Deaf Blindness


                           Deaf Blind Census Instructions


                            Deaf Blind No Students


                            Deaf Blind Census FAQs

April 2016 Child Count


Attached is the submission schedule for the April 2016 Child Count.


If you have any questions, please contact your regional CECAS trainer.



Attachment:  Memo Child Count 042016

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State Committee of Practitioners to Meet

The State Committee of Practitioners (COP) will meet on Tuesday, March 8, from 1-4 p.m., in Room 504 of the Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. Committee members will discuss several keys issues regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and receive federal program updates. An agenda is attached.


The COP serves in an advisory capacity to the state in carrying out its responsibilities under federal programs authorized through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As federally required, the COP must review any proposed or final state rule or regulation that is related to ESEA federal programs.



If you have questions regarding this meeting, please contact NCDPI Communications at 919.807.3450.



Attachment:   0308 COP Mtg Agenda.pdf

Professional Development Opportunity



Attached is a letter from State Superintendent June Atkinson regarding a professional development opportunity offered by the Southern Regional Education Board. 



Attachment:  SREB Partnership Ltr Principals.pdf

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NCDPI Newsletters

Superintendents' Weekly Message



 NCDPI Publication Sales



Elementary and Middle School Green Ribbon Nominations



NC AP Students Excel in Participation and Performance



NC Public School Partners Newsletter

Home Base Biweekly Update


Other News

Office of State Controller Foreign Nationals Tax Compliance 

The Office of the State Controller is pleased to announce the 2016 training curriculum for its Foreign Nationals Tax Compliance Program.  These i training sessions will be provided via WebEx, at no charge, to all state agencies, universities, community colleges, local education agencies and charter schools, if applicable.  Please reference the audience column for each training to determine if the training is applicable to you and your agency.  There are two options for registering.  You can register for the entire Foreign National Program by clicking here or you can click on the individual links below. 


The first webinar topic  will be Foreign Nationals Tax Compliance  –  Employees, Vendors & Students, which be held on March 16th, 2016, 9:00am – 11:00am.  This training will discuss the basics to processing foreign nationals.  


Click Here to Register



To register for this webinar or any other webinar, please click the “Click Here to Register” link above for each applicable training or above for the entire program.Participation is encouraged at all applicable training events and periodic reminders will be sent as training dates approach.  Please note training dates are subject to change, at management’s discretion; however, we will make all attempts to provide adequate notification of any changes.  Also, please feel free to pass this invitation along to anyone within your organization that you think may also benefit from these events. Contact Jennifer Trivette Pacheco with questions or concerns via email at

Attachment:  Training Curriculum Outline and Registration Links