Governmental Relations Resources
2015-16 Budget Info
Lawmakers are negotiating a compromise budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. A temporary budget (Continuing Resolution) has been passed to keep State government funded during budget negotiations. As a result of the Continuing Resolution:
State funding for Driver Education has been allowed to expire. But the cap on how much school districts can charge per student has not been lifted (see more below).
Teachers at years 0-4 on the "A" salary schedule receive a salary increase from $33,000 to $35,000.
Teacher assistant funding is reduced by $24.8 M. This is nonrecurring money from 2014-15 that is allowed to expire.
Transportation is cut by $20.1 M. This is a reduction to account for lower fuel costs.
All other funding for K-12 stays at 2014-15 levels plus fully-funded ADM growth.
State funding for driver education programs has expired as lawmakers hash out a budget. For now, the only additional funding source school districts have to cover the costs of the program is the fee charged to students. But that is still capped at $65 per student. NCSBA believes that it is imperative for the General Assembly to either restore the State funding that has just been eliminated OR lift the cap on fees that can be charged so that LEAs can recover the full costs of the program.
There is a renewed push at the General Assembly to change how school districts account for certain local monies and require that they be added to what must be shared with charter schools. Learn more about this issue below.
12 charter applicants have been given approval to begin a planning year in anticipation of opening in 2016-17.
Click here to see where charters are located throughout the state.
NCSBA has published a report examining the different rules and laws that traditional public schools and charter schools must follow in North Carolina and posing some questions citizens and policymakers should be asking in considering these differences.
NCSBA Weekly Legislative Updates
Click here to read the most recent weekly legislative update issued by NCSBA.
North Carolina School Boards Action Center
Visit the Action Center website by clicking here.