NCSBA Legislative Update – January 20, 2023

NCSBA Legislative Update – January 20, 2023

 

On Tuesday, House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, announced House Committee assignments for the 2023-24 legislative session. This announcement follows last week’s opening ceremonies for the 2023 long session and the release of Senate Committee assignments (click here to access last week’s Legislative Update for a list of those assignments.) The legislature plans to start conducting business next Wednesday, January 25.

House Committee Assignments

House Education K-12 Committee

House Education Appropriations Committee

 

In November 2022, the NCSBA Delegate Assembly approved NCSBA’s 2023-2024 Legislative Agenda, which will be used to guide the Association’s advocacy efforts. To provide additional background information on each item in the Legislative Agenda, including NCSBA’s position, issue briefs will be published on the NCSBA website in the coming weeks. In the meantime, five of those issue briefs are linked below.

 

The following is the Consortium of State School Boards Association’s (COSSBA) most recent federal education report.

January 17, 2023, Weekly Report

  • Headlines for this edition include:
    • NC Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-5th) was selected by Republican leadership to be Chair of the renamed Education and Workforce Committee.
    • The rules package approved by the US House of Representatives includes a provision to keep spending for fiscal year 2024 at the same level as fiscal year 2022.
    • No extension of federal funds for home digital connectivity
      • The fiscal year 2023 omnibus spending plan passed by Congress last month did not include extra funding to extend the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). The ECF was established during the pandemic to provide students and teachers with both internet access and digital devices in their homes. The concern is that without such funding, it is harder to close the “homework gap,” that is a result of students not having home internet access.

 

The following are recent news articles and reports on state and national education-related issues.

State News

National News

 

If your school board is planning to have a function with your legislative delegation, we would be happy for a member of the NCSBA Governmental Relations team to attend. Just let us know! Also, if your school board adopts its own legislative agenda, please forward it to rhoward@ncsba.org.

 

 

 

Bruce Mildwurf
Director of Governmental Relations
NC School Boards Association
bmildwurf@ncsba.org

Rebekah Howard
Advocacy Coordinator
NC School Boards Association
rhoward@ncsba.org

Madison Skeens
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
mskeens@ncsba.org

Rob Black
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
rblack@ncsba.org

 

Rebekah HowardNCSBA Legislative Update – January 20, 2023