NCSBA Legislative Update – July 28, 2023

NCSBA Legislative Update – July 28, 2023

Week two of the three-week pause at the NC General Assembly rolled on without incident. After Governor Cooper’s veto of HB219: Charter School Omnibus which we told you about last week, that bill was added to the calendar for Monday, August 7, the first day the legislature is potentially back for votes. There are other veto overrides on the calendar that day, including HB 618: Charter School Review Board, and HB 574: Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. Meanwhile, in the other chamber SB 49: Parents’ Bill of Rights is still in the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate. It is unclear when the override vote will occur. It is highly likely that all four of those vetoes will be overridden when a vote is taken.

While the legislature may have taken a brief summer break, electoral politics have not. With the 2024 primary election taking place March 5th, several members of the NC General Assembly have already announced bids for statewide office. These include:

Rachel Hunt (D-Mecklenburg)                       Lieutenant Governor
Jeffrey Elmore (R-Wilkes)                             Lieutenant Governor
Jon Hardister (R-Guilford)                             Commissioner of Labor
Wesley Harris (D-Mecklenburg)                    State Treasurer
John Bradford (R-Mecklenburg)                    State Treasurer

One of North Carolina’s top political scientists Dr. Michael Bitzer of Catawba College keeps a running list of all these candidates and potential candidacies. To view the full list, click here.

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

DPI Superintendent Truitt Testifies Before Congress On Pandemic Learning Loss: On Wednesday, the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a hearing titled, “Generational Learning Loss – How Pandemic School Closures Hurt Students.” DPI Superintendent Catherine Truitt appeared before the subcommittee and spoke to DPI’s efforts to stay ahead of the curve in mitigating learning loss.

In prepared testimony Superintendent Truitt said, “When the massive influx of federal funding did come pouring into North Carolina, we were ready. My agency was able to provide local education leaders with an office dedicated to recovery and rooted in research and data. This was vital because many of our 115 school districts and more than 200 charter schools did not have the central office bandwidth or support to take on the massive exercise in planning and compliance that would be required with ESSER III.”


To view the entirety of Superintendent Truitt’s testimony, click here.

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

State News
EdNC: Districts and States Are ‘Own Their Own’ Ahead of Federal Funding Cliff
EdNC: Scale of Tax Cuts + Underinvestment in Public Education + Expansion of School Choice = A State of Emergency
North State Journal: Ballard Puts Senate Record On Education At Front of Lt. Governor Campaign
WFAE: NC Home-Schooling Numbers Dropped Last Year But Remain Above Pre-Pandemic Levels
WFAE: In CMS Book Battles, A Superintendent’s Plan Collides With Legislators’ Mandate
WRAL: School Bus Driver Shortage: Wake Parents Encouraged To Find Their Own Rides
NC State Board of Education: State Board Approves Revised K-12 Science Content Standards
NC Newsline: State Superintendent Catherine Truitt Discusses Learning Loss Before Congressional Committee
News & Observer: Raises for Teachers Could Come With New School Year, Even If No New Budget Is Reached
WUNC: House Speaker Tim Moore Confirms He Won’t Seek Another Term Leading the Chamber

National News
Education Week: Auditors Are On the Hunt for ESSER Fraud. 5 Things To Know
K-12 Dive: Nearly a Third of Transgender Youth Affected By School Athletic Bans
New York Times: $7200 For Every Student: Arizona’s Ultimate Experience In School Choice

No committee meetings have been scheduled at this time.
Bruce Mildwurf
Director of Governmental Relations
NC School Boards Association

Madison Skeens
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
NC School Boards Association

Rob Black
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
NC School Boards Association

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