NC Law Ensures OTL Resources
The OTL Campaign's Personal Opportunity Plans proposal is very close to a recent innovation in North Carolina. There, Personal Education Plans (PEPs) could make all the difference for "at risk" students in need of additional supports and opportunities to succeed in school. Under the state's Personal Education Plan Law, schools must identify students who are "at risk of academic failure" and work with their parents to develop a customized PEP for each student, giving them access to additional resources and supports such as tutoring, mentoring, coaching, smaller classes, after-school instruction or summer school, all of which are free of charge to students.
"At risk" encompasses students who underperform on state or classroom tests, are chronically absent or repeatedly suspended, or have other behavioral or health problems that could hinder them academically. This broad definition recognizes the need for increased equity in access to educational opportunities. For example, a low-income student struggling in math class might not otherwise have access to the private tutoring or summer programs he needs to catch up with his peers and graduate on time. With access to these programs guaranteed by state law, he stands a better chance of achieving his full academic potential.
The North Carolina Central University School of Law has released an updated guide for parents and students to help them understand their rights and options under the law. Check it out here!