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NCSBA Legislative Update – July 19, 2019

NCSBA Legislative Update – July 19, 2019

This Week at the Legislature

It was a short week at the legislature with the Senate leaving on Tuesday and the House leaving on Wednesday. The Senate joint resolution (SJR 688) filed last Wednesday that would adjourn both chambers on Monday, July 22 and reconvene on Tuesday, August 27 has made no movement and will most likely not go into effect. The Speaker of the House indicated this week that the House has no plans of going home until the budget is resolved.

We are nineteen days into the new fiscal year and the budget waiting game continues. Until a new State budget becomes law, North Carolina will continue to operate on last year’s recurring funding levels. The stopgap budget measure (HB 111) passed the House last week and essentially saw no movement in the Senate this week. Senate leadership instead came up with their own stopgap budget measure (HB 961) titled “Ensuring Authorization of Federal Funds”. Unlike the House version, the Senate proposal does not fund k-12 ADM growth. The bill passed one committee and will likely be heard in the Senate Rules Committee early next week.

 

Headlines of K-12 Education Bills

For more detailed bill summaries see Highlights of K-12 Education Bills below.

 

Bills with House Action

SB 5: School Safety Omnibus

SB 123: Geo Iso Sch/Transp Eff Buff/Currituck Cty Sch.

SB 301: Regional School Modifications

SB 366: 9th/10th Grade/College Transfer Pathways

SB 438: Excellent Public Schools Act of 2019

 

Bills with Senate Action

SB 354: Sam’s Law

SB 621: Testing Reduction Act of 2019

 

Bills on the Governor’s Desk

HB 922: Enhance Insurance Coverage/Education Buildings

SB 343: Various Education Law Changes

SB 391: Expand Youth Internship Opportunities

SB 392: Various Charter School Changes

 

Bills Still on the Governor’s Desk from Last Week

HB 107: PED Oversight/EPP Changes

HB 362: 15-Point Scale for School Performance Grades

HB 411: Modify School Quality/Student Success Indicator

 

Highlights of K-12 Education Bills

Bills with House Action

SB 5: School Safety Omnibus

  • Approved by the House Rules Committee and placed on the House calendar for Monday, July 22
  • The bill does the following:
    • Establishes that school safety requirements apply to all public schools and strongly encourages non-public schools to participate in school safety plans
    • Clarifies the powers and duties of the Center for Safer Schools
    • Requires reporting on the operational status of all public schools during states of emergency
    • Defines the term “school resource officer” (SRO) and requires training for SROs
    • Requires annual vulnerability assessments for each public school building
  • The House Rules Committee made the following changes to the bill:
    • Requires threat assessment teams to be established at each public school and codifies the duties of threat assessment teams
    • Requires LEAs to require peer-to-peer support programs at all schools with grades six and higher
    • Requires DPI to transfer up to $1.5 million from the funds appropriated for the 2018-19 fiscal year for the anonymous safety tip line application to be used for the digital panic alarm system implemented by the Department of Public Safety (DPS)
    • Requires trauma kits to be in every public school classroom, but the contents inside the trauma kits are optional

 

SB 123: Geo Iso Sch/Transp Eff Buff/Currituck Cty Sch.

  • Approved by the House Education K-12 Committee and placed on the House Rules Committee agenda for Monday, July 22
  • The House Education K-12 Committee converted the original bill which allowed sick leave to be transferred between a charter school and a LEA to a bill addressing Currituck County schools and public school attendance data
  • The new version of the bill does the following:
    • Revises the geographically isolated schools formula regarding the allocation of teachers for Currituck County (the goal is to add one new teacher)
    • Increases the transportation efficiency budget rating for Currituck County Schools (the goal is to add two new busses to the fleet)
    • Requires the State Board of Education (SBE) to develop draft policies and procedures for auditing public school attendance and membership data, including schools participating in the virtual charter school pilot program

 

SB 301: Regional School Modifications

  • Passed third reading in the House and placed on the Senate calendar for Monday, July 22
  • Establishes a mandatory process for participating units seeking withdrawal from a regional school
  • Requires a participating unit to adopt a resolution requesting withdrawal (that includes a withdrawal plan) and submit a copy to the regional school board of directors
    • The participating unit must receive conditional approval to withdraw with a 2/3 vote from the board of directors
    • If the participating unit receives the 2/3 vote approval, the SBE must grant final approval
  • An amendment proposed on the House floor by Representative K. Smith, D-Pitt, that would give the SBE authority to make the final decision on approval of withdrawal, regardless of the board of directors’ vote, was not considered—the amendment was identical to one voted down in the House Rules committee last week—the floor amendment failed on a vote of 54-63 (click here to see vote)

 

SB 366: 9th/10th Grade/College Transfer Pathways

  • The House vote on the Conference Report passed 110-0 and Senate vote on the Conference Report is scheduled for Monday, July 22
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators McInnis, R-Richmond; B. Jackson, R-Sampson
  • The conference report does the following:
    • Allows qualified freshmen (which was previously removed) and sophomores who meet the specified requirements to participate in college transfer pathways and enroll in college courses
    • Requires that the criteria for adjunct career and technical education (CTE) instructors weigh work experience and industry recognized licenses/credentials over educational attainment level
    • Adds the requirement that the SBE develop and report the minimum criteria developed in accordance with the previous bullet point to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by April 15, 2020
    • Adds that for the 2019-20 school year, an individual without an associate or baccalaureate degree meets the minimum criteria for an adjunct CTE instructor if the individual (i) can demonstrate a minimum of six years in the last ten years of professional experience in the relevant skill or trade and (ii) has a recognized industry credential or active professional license in each subject area

 

SB 438: Excellent Public Schools Act of 2019

  • Approved by the House Rules Committee and passed second reading in the House 58-51
  • Primary Sponsor: Senator Berger, R-Rockingham
  • Establishes individual reading plans (IRPs) for k-3 students performing below grade level
  • Establishes a Digital Children’s Reading Initiative, which provides free tools and resources to assist with learning outside of school
  • Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene a task force to develop a Comprehensive Plan to Improve Literacy Instruction that will ensure literacy instruction in NC public schools is evidence-based, designed to improve student outcomes
  • Requires the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) to provide professional development in literacy instruction
  • Requires educator preparation programs (EPPs) to provide literacy training coursework for elementary education teachers
  • Requires the alignment of literacy curriculum and instruction with Read to Achieve
  • Requires DPI approval of local reading camp plans
  • Studies the phasing out of certain alternative assessments
  • Creates a uniform template for Read to Achieve data
  • Provides continuing education credits related to literacy for certain reading camp instructors and allows certain retired teachers to serve as reading camp instructors
  • Expands the Wolfpack WORKS program

 

Bills with Senate Action

SB 354: Sam’s Law

  • Failed to concur in the Senate
  • The Senate version of the bill is titled “Student Notice/Charter School Closure/Restr.” and does the following:
    • Requires notice to parents prior to closing a charter school or materially revising its charter
    • Requires notice and hearings prior to the termination of a charter or the nonrenewal of the charter of a continually low-performing charter school
  • The House version of the bill does the following:
    • Allows a parent of any student to petition a school for the development of a seizure action plan if the student is diagnosed with a seizure disorder and enrolled in the school
    • Requires each public school unit to adopt a policy outlining a seizure education program for all k-12 school personnel that have direct contact with students – must be administered on an annual basis in each school

 

SB 621: Testing Reduction Act of 2019

  • Failed to concur in the Senate and conference committees were appointed
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Tillman, R-Randolph; Ballard, R-Watauga; Sawyer, R-Iredell
  • The Senate version of the bill does the following:
    • Eliminates the NC Final Exam
    • Establishes plans to reduce standardized testing by LEAs
    • Requires DPI to review the third grade English Language Arts assessment to ensure alignment with Reach to Achieve
  • The House version of the bill adds the following to the Senate version:
    • Replaces the EOGs with a through-grade assessment model that is similar to the NC Check-Ins
    • Replaces the EOCs with the ACT or other nationally recognized assessment of high school achievement and college readiness
    • Prohibits graduation projects as a condition of graduation
    • The bill modifies language that rewrites S.115C-81.36 in SB 500: Modify Advanced Math Course Enrollment (S.L. 2019-120):
      • Changes “end-of-grade test” for students in grades three through five to “State-mandated test”
      • Changes “end-of-grade or end-of-course test” for students in grades six and higher to “State-mandated test that denotes superior command of knowledge and skills”

 

Bills on the Governor’s Desk

HB 922: Enhance Insurance Coverage/Education Buildings

  • Presented to the Governor on Friday, July 19
  • Requires LEAs to insure and keep insured buildings owned by the LEA to the extent of not less than 80% (previously not less than 75%) of the current insurable value against loss by an insurable hazard such as fire, windstorm, vandalism, sprinkler leakage, water damage, etc.
  • When property of the LEA is located in the 100-year flood plain on the latest Flood Insurance Rate Map, that local school board is required to insure or keep insured to the extent of not less than 80% of the current insurable value for flood damage to buildings and their contents
  • Requires county commissioners to provide the necessary funding for compliance
  • Transfers the School Insurance Fund Section of DPI to the Department of Insurance (DOI) – the balance of the Public School Insurance Fund will also be transferred to DOI

 

SB 343: Various Education Law Changes

  • Presented to the Governor on Wednesday, July 17
  • Primary Sponsor: Senator Ballard, R-Watauga
  • Repeals and changes certain education reports and report dates
  • Requires each LEA to annually report the instructional calendar start and end dates to the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the SBE by April 1 and requires the SBE to annually report the dates to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by June 15 – for the 2019-20 school year, each LEA must submit its report by August 1, 2019 and the SBE must submit its report by September 1, 2019
  • Clarifies that Education Workforce Innovation Commission membership is extended to designees
  • Staggers Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission appointments
  • Exempts SBE charter actions from contested case provisions

 

SB 391: Expand Youth Internship Opportunities

  • Presented to the Governor on Wednesday, July 17
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Ballard, R-Watauga; Gunn, R-Alamance; Newton, R-Cabarrus
  • Provides a limited exception to the prohibition of 16-18-year-old students participating in supervised, practice experiences with employers in occupations declared by the Commissioner of Labor to be detrimental to the health and well-being of youth
  • Clarifies that the Commissioner of Labor must make the required findings that would allow an eligible student to qualify for the exception

 

SB 392: Various Charter School Changes

  • Presented to the Governor on Friday, July 19
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Ballard, R-Watauga; Brown, R-Onslow; Newton, R-Cabarrus
  • Designates the Superintendent of Public Instruction as an applicable elected representative who may approve bonds to finance or refinance a charter school facility
  • Clarifies charter school renewal standards
  • Requires background checks for charter boards of directors
  • Permits the SBE to allow a school participating in the virtual charter school pilot program to increase its student enrollment by more than 20% for any year of the school’s operation – NCSBA opposes this part of the bill because of the virtual charter schools’ failing school performance grades

 

Bills Still on the Governor’s Desk from Last Week

HB 107: PED Oversight/EPP Changes

  • Presented to the Governor on Friday, July 12
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Horn, R-Union; Farmer-Butterfield, D-Wilson; Lucas, D-Cumberland
  • Makes clarifying/technical changes to the annual educator preparation program (EPP) performance report
  • Requires the SBE to adopt a rule creating a small group reporting exception any time data are at risk of being individually identifiable
  • Requires the SBE (in consultation with DPI and the Professional Educator Preparation & Standards Commission) to develop a scoring model that would compare the performance of each EPP and report it to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee
  • Requires the SBE to study two-year retention rates of EPP graduates initially licensed and employed in a NC public school as potential EPP performance measure

 

HB 362: 15-Point Scale for School Performance Grades

  • Presented to the Governor on Friday, July 12
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Horn, R-Union; Harris, D-Mecklenburg; Elmore, R-Wilkes; Autry, D-Mecklenburg
  • Makes permanent the 15-point scale for school performance grades, which is one of NCSBA’s top priorities for this legislative session
  • Requires the SBE to adopt emergency rules in preparation for permanent rule making
  • Directs the SBE to study the reporting methods used for school accountability purposes on the NC annual school report cards

 

HB 411: Modify School Quality/Student Success Indicator

  • Presented to the Governor on Thursday, July 11
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Horn, R-Union; Corbin, R-Macon; Elmore, R-Wilkes; Johnson, R-Cabarrus
  • Combines the career and college readiness indicators used for school performance grades and for the purpose of compliance with federal law
  • Requires that the SBE include additional career and college readiness information on annual report cards

 

July 22-26 Legislative Meeting Calendar

Monday, July 22

3:00 pm – House: Rules – Legislative Building, rm 1228/1327 (audio)

 

 

Leanne E. Winner
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6686

Bruce Mildwurf
Associate Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6692

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6677

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6688

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NCSBA Legislative Update – July 12, 2019

NCSBA Legislative Update – July 12, 2019

This Week at the Legislature

Plenty of legislation saw movement at the General Assembly this week, though the one that garnered the most attention did not budge at all – the State Budget bill (HB 966) and the potential override of Governor Cooper’s veto. During the first half of the week, high-pressure lobbying was evident by both parties on the House floor and in the halls trying to persuade members that were considered “in play.” Three-fifths of members present are needed to override the veto. If all are in attendance (which was not the case this week) seven House Democrats and one Senate Democrat are needed to join Republicans to successfully override the veto. Since HB 966 originated in the House, the House must be the first chamber to attempt the override.

House GOP leaders were constantly counting votes to obtain the three-fifths of members present. Republicans were said to be close, at times just one or two votes away. The minority leader publicly stated that Democrats feared leaving the House floor to go to the bathroom – in case a sudden override vote was called. In the end, the Speaker chose not to attempt an override, though it remains a possibility on any day that the House is in session.

Preparing for an indefinite stalemate, the Republican majority went with plan B – a stopgap budget measure – a six-page bill (HB 111) covering more than a dozen items that House budget writers said is primarily geared toward utilizing federal funds in the state budget (more details below). Representative Donny Lambeth, a bill sponsor, stated during the House floor debate that the bill is “absolutely vital” and designed to cover the minimum items necessary for the state to continue functioning. The Senate is expected to take up the stopgap measure next week – it remains unclear which parts of the bill they will agree to. Current law allows the state to operate at last year’s recurring funding levels. Programs and services funded with non-recurring dollars will not be funded unless legislative action is taken to do so.

A joint resolution (SJR 688) filed by the Senate on Wednesday gave us our first clue as to what the General Assembly’s upcoming schedule could possibly look like. The resolution calls for both chambers to adjourn on Monday, July 22, 2019. Both chambers would then reconvene on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Neither chamber has yet to debate, let alone vote on the resolution. We will keep you posted!

 

Movement of K-12 Education Bills

Bills with House Action

HB 111: Supplemental Appropriations Act

  • Passed the House 118-0, sent to the Senate, and referred to the Senate Rules Committee
  • Primary Sponsor: Representative Lambeth, R-Forsyth
  • Part II appropriates $50,548,003 in recurring funds for FY 2019-20 to fund changes in Average Daily Membership (ADM) and average salary adjustments in public schools

 

HB 922: Enhance Insurance Coverage/Education Buildings

  • Referred to the House Insurance Committee
  • Requires LEAs to insure and keep insured buildings owned by the LEA to the extent of not less than 80% (previously not less than 75%) of the current insurable value against loss by an insurable hazard such as fire, windstorm, vandalism, sprinkler leakage, water damage, etc.
  • When property of the LEA is located in the 100-year flood plain on the latest Flood Insurance Rate Map, that local school board is required to insure or keep insured to the extent of not less than 80% of the current insurable value for flood damage to buildings and their contents
  • Requires county commissioners to provide the necessary funding for compliance
  • Transfers the School Insurance Fund Section of DPI to the Department of Insurance (DOI) – the balance of the Public School Insurance Fund will also be transferred to DOI

 

SB 5: School Safety Omnibus

  • Approved by the House Education K-12 Committee and placed on the House Rules Committee agenda for Monday, July 15
  • The House Education K-12 Committee replaced the contents of the original bill that dealt with access to the State Capital and Infrastructure Fund (SCIF) for capital funding needs with language from HB 76: School Safety Omnibus
  • The new version of the bill does the following:
    • Establishes that school safety requirements apply to all public schools and encourages non-public schools to participate in school safety plans
    • Clarifies the powers and duties of the Center for Safer Schools
    • Requires reporting on the operational status of all public schools during states of emergency
    • Defines the term “school resource officer” (SRO) and requires training for SROs
    • Requires annual vulnerability assessments for each public school building

 

SB 301: Regional School Modifications

  • Approved by the House Education K-12 Committee and the House Rules Committee and placed on the House calendar for Monday, July 15
  • The House Education K-12 Committee replaced the contents of the original bill that dealt with extending the study of current statutes on regional schools and clarifying regional school transportation requirements to a bill that establishes a mandatory process for participating units seeking withdrawal from a regional school
  • The new version of the bill states that a participating unit must adopt a resolution requesting withdrawal (that includes a withdrawal plan) and submit a copy to the regional school board of directors
    • The participating unit must receive conditional approval to withdraw with a 2/3 vote from the board of directors
    • If the participating unit receives the 2/3 vote approval, the State Board of Education (SBE) must grant final approval
    • An amendment to give the SBE authority to make the final decision on approval of withdrawal, regardless of the board of directors’ vote, was voted down in the House Rules Committee

 

SB 343: Various Education Law Changes

  • Placed on Senate calendar for concurrence for Monday, July 15
  • Primary Sponsor: Senator Ballard, R-Watauga
  • Repeals and changes certain education reports and report dates
  • Requires each LEA to annually report the instructional calendar start and end dates to the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the SBE by April 1 and requires the SBE to annually report the dates to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by June 15 – for the 2019-20 school year, each LEA must submit its report by August 1, 2019 and the SBE must submit its report by September 1, 2019
  • Clarifies that Education Workforce Innovation Commission membership is extended to designees
  • Staggers Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission appointments
  • Exempts SBE charter actions from contested case provisions

 

SB 354: Sam’s Law

  • Placed on Senate calendar for concurrence for Monday, July 15
  • Allows a parent of any student to petition a school for the development of a seizure action plan if the student is diagnosed with a seizure disorder and enrolled in the school
  • Requires at least one employee at each school to be trained to administer or assist with self-administration of seizure medication
  • Requires each public school to adopt a policy outlining a seizure education program for all K-12 school personnel that have direct contact with students
  • The House Rules Committee made the following changes to the bill:
    • Modifies the definition of a “school” to only include a school within a public school unit (previously included private and nonpublic schools)
    • Prohibits volunteers from administering or assisting with self-administration of seizure medication if the volunteer has not met the adopted training requirements
    • Modifies that the seizure education program must be administered on an annual basis in each school (was previously required in each public school unit)

 

SB 391: Expand Youth Internship Opportunities

  • Regular message received by the Senate for concurrence in House amendment
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Ballard, R-Watauga; Gunn, R-Alamance; Newton, R-Cabarrus
  • Provides a limited exception to the prohibition of 16-18-year-old students participating in supervised, practice experiences with employers in occupations declared by the Commissioner of Labor to be detrimental to the health and well-being of youth
  • Clarifies that the Commissioner of Labor must make the required findings that would allow an eligible student to qualify for the exception

 

SB 438: Excellent Public Schools Act of 2019

  • Approved by the House Education K-12 Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee
  • Primary Sponsor: Senator Berger, R-Rockingham
  • Establishes individual reading plans (IRPs) and a Digital Children’s Reading Initiative
  • Establishes a Comprehensive Plan to Improve Literacy Instruction
  • Requires the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) to provide professional development in literacy instruction
  • Requires educator preparation programs to provide literacy training coursework for elementary education teachers
  • Requires the alignment of literacy curriculum and instruction with Read to Achieve
  • Requires DPI approval of local reading camp plans
  • Studies the phasing out of certain alternative assessments
  • Creates a uniform template for Read to Achieve data
  • Provides continuing education credits related to literacy for certain reading camp instructors and allows certain retired teachers to serve as reading camp instructors
  • Expands the Wolfpack WORKS program

 

SB 476: Competency-Based Assessments & Mental Health/Teen Violence

  • Approved by the House Rules Committee and placed on the House calendar for Monday, July 15
  • The House Education K-12 Committee replaced the contents of the original bill that dealt with reaffirming local control over student discipline policies to a bill with the contents of HB 714: Competency-Based Assessments and HB 434: Suicide Risk Referral/Mental Health/Teen Violence
  • The new version of the bill does the following:
    • Directs the SBE to recommend steps necessary to transition to a competency-based assessment and teaching model for all elementary and secondary students
    • Requires public school units to adopt and implement a suicide risk referral protocol, a mental health training program, and a policy against teen dating violence and abuse

 

SB 522: Low-Performing Schools

  • Approved by the House Education K-12 Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee
  • The House Education K-12 Committee replaced the contents of the original bill that dealt with various changes to charter school laws to a bill with the contents of HB 798: Low-Performing Schools
  • The new version of the bill does the following:
    • Defines a qualifying school as a Title I school in the lowest performing 5% of school performance grades that is (i) governed by a LEA and (ii) receives funds under Part A of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965
    • Aligns the selection of innovative schools with those identified by the SBE for comprehensive support and improvement
    • Expands options for the innovative school district (ISD) to require LEAs to inform boards of county commissioners of academic progress annually
    • Establishes a three-year process before a school can be transferred to the ISD beginning in the 2023-24 school year – NCSBA was instrumental in maintaining the three-process because the bill had previously been changed to make it a two-year process
    • The SBE may transfer up to five schools to the ISD annually beginning in the 2023-24 school year
    • In addition to the previously mentioned three-year process, requires the SBE to transfer the lowest scoring school in the State for the 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 school years to the ISD in the 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 school years respectively
    • Strikes language that a school in the innovation zone must become an innovative school if it does not exceed growth in the last two years of the five consecutive years in the innovation zone
    • Requires further study of reforms for assistance to low-performing schools

 

SB 621: Testing Reduction Act of 2019

  • Placed on Senate calendar for concurrence for Monday, July 15
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Tillman, R-Randolph; Ballard, R-Watauga; Sawyer, R-Iredell
  • Eliminates the NC final exam
  • Replaces the EOGs with a through-grade assessment model that is similar to the NC Check-Ins
  • Replaces the EOCs with the ACT or other nationally recognized assessment of high school achievement and college readiness
  • Establishes plans to reduced standardized testing by LEAs
  • Prohibits graduation projects as a condition of graduation
  • Requires DPI to examine third grade English language arts assessments to better meet the goals of Read to Achieve
  • The House Rules Committee modified language that rewrites G.S.115C-81.36 in SB 500: Modify Advanced Math Course Enrollment (S.L. 2019-120):
    • Changes “end-of-grade test” for students in grades three through five to “State-mandated test”
    • Changes “end-of-grade or end-of-course test” for students in grades six and higher to “State-mandated test that denotes superior command of knowledge and skills”

 

Bills on the Governor’s Desk

HB 107: PED Oversight/EPP Changes

  • Presented to the Governor on Friday, July 12
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Horn, R-Union; Farmer-Butterfield, D-Wilson; Lucas, D-Cumberland
  • Makes clarifying/technical changes to the annual performance report
  • Requires the SBE to adopt a rule creating a small group reporting exception any time data are at risk of being individually identifiable
  • Requires the SBE (in consultation with DPI and the Professional Educator Preparation & Standards Commission) to develop a formulaic, performance-based weighted model and report it to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee
  • The Senate made the following changes to the bill:
    • Removes the requirement that two-year retention rates of EPP completers initially licensed and employed in NC public schools be used as a performance measure for EPPs
    • Adds the requirement that the SBE study the inclusion of two-year retention rates of EPP completers initially licensed and employed in NC public school as a performance measure for EPPs

 

HB 362: 15-Point Scale for School Performance Grades

  • Presented to the Governor on Friday, July 12
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Horn, R-Union; Harris, D-Mecklenburg; Elmore, R-Wilkes; Autry, D-Mecklenburg
  • Makes permanent the 15-point scale for school performance grades, which is one of NCSBA’s top priorities for this legislative session
  • Requires the SBE to adopt emergency rules in preparation for permanent rule making
  • Directs the SBE to study the reporting methods used for school accountability purposes on the NC annual school report cards
  • An amendment proposed on the Senate floor by Senator Waddell, D-Mecklenburg, to change the weight of school performance grades from 80% school achievement and 20% school growth to 51% school achievement and 49% school growth was not considered

 

HB 411: Modify School Quality/Student Success Indicator

  • Presented to the Governor on Thursday, July 11
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Horn, R-Union; Corbin, R-Macon; Elmore, R-Wilkes; Johnson, R-Cabarrus
  • Combines the career and college readiness indicators used for school performance grades and for the purpose of compliance with federal law
  • Requires that the SBE include additional career and college readiness information on annual report cards

 

 

Bills Signed by the Governor

HB 924: Teacher Contract Changes

  • Signed into S.L. 2019-82 on Monday, July 8
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives D. Hall, R-Caldwell; Horn, R-Union
  • Clarifies eligibility for extended teacher contracts by defining a year of employment as not less than the standard 120 workdays performed as a teacher in a full-time permanent position (which had previously been the standard for career status)
  • The Senate amended the bill to include contents of SB 134: Economics & Financial Literacy Act, which establishes completion of an economics and personal finance course as a public high school graduation requirement beginning with the freshman class of 2020-21

 

SB 88: Electrician Requirements for Certain Organizations

  • Signed into S.L. 2019-78 on Thursday, July 4
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Sawyer, R-Iredell; T. Alexander, R-Cleveland
  • Enables licensed electrical contractors employed by schools to make repairs and conduct maintenance at all facilities at all times when done at the direction of the school

 

SB 219: Modify Teacher Licensing Requirements

  • Signed into S.L. 2019-71 on Monday, July 1
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators McInnis, R-Richmond; Tillman, R-Randolph; Johnson, R-Union
  • Extends the timeframe to pass testing requirements for a continuing professional license (CPL) from two to three years
  • Provides a one-year initial professional license (IPL) extension for elementary and special education teachers
  • Creates a three-year nonrenewable limited license for:
    • Individuals who were issued an IPL but have not yet qualified for a CPL
    • Out-of-state applicants that do not have an IPL or a CPL, but have a current teacher license in good standing and at least three years of teaching experience
    • A military spouse who holds a current teaching license in another state
    • (An individual’s limited license can only be used in the LEA that requested it)
  • Authorizes LEAs to determine experience credit for teachers from other states to pay them at the commensurate level on the State salary schedule during the first year of the license
  • Reduces the number of years required to get a lifetime teaching license from 50 to 30 years
  • Authorizes emergency rulemaking by the SBE to implement the requirements of the bill in accordance with its timeline.

 

SB 399: Rehire High-Need Teachers

  • Signed into S.L. 2019-110 on Thursday, July 11
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Horner, R-Nash; Berger, R-Rockingham; Chaudhuri, D-Wake
  • Allows teachers who retired on or before February 1, 2019 to return to work in high-need schools (Title I schools or schools with an overall school performance grade of D or F at any point on or after July 1, 2017) without adversely impacting the retired teachers’ benefits
  • Qualifying schools would no longer be allowed to hire teachers who retired before February 1, 2019 under the earnings cap
  • Will be repealed if the IRS determines that the Teachers’ and State Employee’s Retirement System (TSERS) would be jeopardized
  • Any penalties assessed to the retirement system are the responsibility of the LEA
  • It is important that school districts note the potential for significant financial exposure once this session law is administered. NCSBA posed a series of questions to the Retirement System that we hope will help personnel directors and principals better understand the law. Click here to view the Q&A.

 

SB 500: Modify Advanced Math Course Enrollment

  • Signed into S.L. 2019-120 on Thursday, July 11
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Smith, D-Northampton; Tillman, R-Randolph; Chaudhuri, D-Wake
  • Makes the following modifications to the implementation of advanced math courses and opportunities:
    • When practicable, LEAs must offer advanced learning opportunities in math for students in grades three through five
    • Any student in grades three through five who scores at the highest level on the EOG must be provided advanced learning opportunities in math approved for that student’s grade level
    • Before a parent or guardian can provide written consent for their student to be excluded or removed from an advanced learning opportunity for students in grades three through five or from an advanced math course for students in grades six and higher, it is required that the parent or guardian be informed that the student’s placement was determined by the student’s achievement at the highest level on the previous EOG or EOC
    • Schools that did not offer Math I to eighth graders during the 2018-19 school year are not required to offer it for the 2019-20 school year, but are required to develop and submit an implementation plan by January 15, 2020 (schools may still offer Math I to eighth grades if they choose)
  • (See SB 621: Testing Reduction Act of 2019 for changes in bill language)

 

July 15-19 Legislative Meeting Calendar

Monday, July 15

3:00 pm – House: Rules – Legislative Building, rm 1228/1327 (audio)

Tuesday, July 16

9:00 am – House: Insurance – Legislative Building, rm 1228/1327 (audio)

1:00 pm – House: Education K-12 – Legislative Offices Building, rm 643 (audio)

 

 

Leanne E. Winner
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6686

Bruce Mildwurf
Associate Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6692

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6677

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6688

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NCSBA Legislative Update – June 28, 2019

NCSBA Legislative Update – June 28, 2019

Week of July 4th

NCSBA will not be sending out a weekly legislative update next Friday, July 5 as the House will not be in session and the Senate will only be meeting on Monday and Tuesday at most.

 

State Budget Released

The conference report for the State budget was released this past Tuesday night and was approved by both chambers on Wednesday and Thursday. In the Senate, both votes were 33-15 with four Democrat Senators joining Senate Republicans. In the House, three Democrat Representatives joined Republicans in a 66-51 vote on Wednesday, and one Democrat joined House Republicans in the 64-49 vote on Thursday. To see the votes, click here.

All eyes are now on Governor Cooper, who stated this morning that he will veto the budget when he receives it. When the budget is vetoed, it will take 3/5 of those present and voting in each chamber to override the Governor’s veto. In the House that would be 72 votes, if everyone is present and voting, and in the Senate that would be 30 votes, if everyone is present and voting.

We hope that yesterday’s email containing notable education k-12 State budget provisions was helpful in understanding how the budget will affect your school district. We have compiled a chart that includes House, Senate, and Conference budget numbers. All State budget provisions will be summarized in the final legislative session summary if the current budget is ultimately adopted.

If there is no State budget enacted by July 1, the State would continue to operate under the provisions set forth in G.S. 143C-5-4. This statute would apply until such time as a State budget is adopted (i.e. NC can operate indefinitely without a new budget). The provisions in the statute that apply directly to public schools are the following:

  • Recurring funds will be allocated at the same level as the prior fiscal year (i.e. non-recurring funds will not be allocated)
  • Salary schedules from the previous fiscal year will remain in place and employees shall NOT move up on salary schedules or receive automatic step increases
  • Employer contribution rates for retirement and related benefits will remain at the same level as June 30

Click here to view the State budget bill.

Click here to view the budget comparison chart.

Click here to view a list of education k-12 budget provisions and page numbers.

Click here to view notable education k-12 budget provisions listed by category.

Click here to view State Capital and Infrastructure Fund (SCIF) allocations by LEA.

 

Movement of K-12 Education Bills

Bills Signed by the Governor

HB 57: Create Term for Public Schools & Codify NCVPS

  • Signed into S.L. 2019-51 on Wednesday, June 26
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Elmore, R-Wilkes; Johnson, R-Cabarrus; Horn, R-Union
  • Defines a public school unit as a local school administrative unit, a charter school, a regional school, or a school providing elementary or secondary instruction operated by the State Board of Education, such as innovative schools and schools for students with visual and hearing impairments, or the University of North Carolina, such as the NC School of the Arts high school, NC School of Science and Mathematics, and UNC Laboratory Schools
  • Codifies the NC Virtual Public School

 

SB 227: TP3/Principal Fellows Consolidation

  • Signed into S.L. 2019-60 on Thursday, June 27
  • Primary Sponsor: Senator Tillman, R-Randolph
  • Maintains the existing administration of the Transforming Principal Preparation Program (TP3) for current grant recipients until 2021 (previously, the TP3 program was to be transferred to the control of the Principal Fellows Commission on July 1, 2019)
  • Merges the TP3 and the Principal Fellows Program on July 1, 2021 to become the North Carolina Principal Fellows and TP3 Commission

 

Bills Sent to the Governor

SB 399: Rehire High-Need Teachers

  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Horner, R-Nash; Berger, R-Rockingham; Chaudhuri, D-Wake
  • Allows teachers who retired on or before February 1, 2019 to return to work in high-need schools (Title I schools or schools with an overall school performance grade of D or F at any point on or after July 1, 2017) without adversely impacting the retired teachers’ benefits
  • Qualifying schools would no longer be allowed to hire teachers who retired before February 1, 2019 under the earnings cap
  • Will be repealed if the IRS determines that the Teachers’ and State Employee’s Retirement System (TSERS) would be jeopardized
  • Any penalties assessed to the retirement system are the responsibility of the LEA

 

SB 500: Modify Advanced Math Course Enrollment

  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Smith, D-Northampton; Tillman, R-Randolph; Chaudhuri, D-Wake
  • Makes the following modifications to the implementation of advanced math courses and opportunities for grades three and higher:
    • When practicable, LEAs must offer advanced learning opportunities in math in grades three through five
    • Any student in grades three through five who scores at the highest level on the EOG must be provided advanced learning opportunities in math approved for that student’s grade level
    • Before a parent or guardian can provide written consent for their student to be excluded or removed from an advanced learning opportunity for students in grades three through five or from an advanced math course for students in grades six and higher, it is required that the parent or guardian be informed that the student’s placement was determined by the student’s achievement at the highest level on the previous EOG or EOC
    • Schools that did not offer Math I to eighth graders during the 2018-19 school year are not required to offer it for the 2019-20 school year, but are required to develop and submit an implementation plan by January 15, 2020 (schools may still offer Math I to eighth grades if they choose)

 

HB 924: Teacher Contract Changes

  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives D. Hall, R-Caldwell; Horn, R-Union
  • Clarifies eligibility for extended teacher contracts by defining a year of employment as not less than the standard 120 workdays performed as a teacher in a full-time permanent position (which had previously been the standard for career status)
  • The Senate amended the bill to include contents of SB 134: Economics & Financial Literacy Act, which establishes completion of an economics and personal finance course as a public high school graduation requirement beginning with the freshman class of 2020-21

 

Bills with House Action

HB 411: Modify School Quality/Student Success Indicator

  • Placed on the House calendar for Tuesday, July 9
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Horn, R-Union; Corbin, R-Macon; Elmore, R-Wilkes; Johnson, R-Cabarrus
  • Combines the career and college readiness indicators used for school performance grades and for the purpose of compliance with federal law
  • Requires that the SBE include additional career and college readiness information on annual report cards

 

SB 230: Excused Absences for Military Children

  • Approved by the House Education K-12 Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators D. Davis, D-Greene; Brown, R-Onslow, Ballard, R-Watauga
  • Directs the SBE to adopt rules providing for excused absences from school for children of members of the U.S. armed forces

 

SB 343: Various Education Law Changes

  • Approved by the House Education K-12 Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee
  • Primary Sponsor: Senator Ballard, R-Watauga
  • Repeals and changes certain education reports and report dates
  • Requires each LEA to annually report the instructional calendar start and end dates to the Superintendent of Public Instruction by April 1 and requires the SBE to annually report the dates to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by June 15
  • The House Education K-12 Committee added three new parts to the bill:
    • Clarifies that education workforce innovation commission membership is extended to designees
    • Staggers professional educator preparation and standards commission appointments
    • Exempts SBE charter actions from contested case provisions

 

SB 354: Sam’s Law

  • Approved by the House Education K-12 Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Ballard, R-Watauga; Edwards, R-Henderson; Harrington, R-Gaston
  • Allows a parent of any student to petition a school for the development of a seizure action plan if the student is diagnosed with a seizure disorder and enrolled in the school
  • Requires at least one school employee to be trained to administer and assist with self-administration of seizure medication
  • Requires each public school to adopt a policy outlining a seizure education program for all K-12 school personnel that have direct contact with students

 

SB 621: Testing Reduction Act of 2019

  • Approved by the House Education K-12 Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Tillman, R-Randolph; Ballard, R-Watauga; Sawyer, R-Iredell
  • The House Education K-12 Committee combined this bill with HB 377: Reduce Testing, which is sponsored by Representatives Elmore, R-Wilkes; K. Hall, R-Stokes; Bell, R-Wayne; Conrad, R-Forsyth
  • Eliminates the NC final exam
  • Replaces the EOGs with a through-grade assessment model that is similar to the NC Check-Ins
  • Replaces the EOCs with the ACT or other nationally recognized assessment of high school achievement and college readiness
  • Establishes plans to reduced standardized testing by LEAs
  • Prohibits graduation projects as a condition of graduation
  • Requires DPI to examine third grade English language arts assessments to better meet the goals of Read to Achieve

 

Bills with Senate Action

HB 107: PED Oversight/EPP Changes

  • Approved by the Senate Rules Committee and sent to the Senate Floor
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Horn, R-Union; Farmer-Butterfield, D-Wilson; Lucas, D-Cumberland
  • Includes the two-year retention rates of EPP completers initially licensed and employed in NC public schools as a performance standard for EPPs
  • Makes clarifying/technical changes to the annual performance report
  • Requires the SBE to adopt a rule creating a small group reporting exception any time data are at risk of being individually identifiable
  • Requires the SBE (in consultation with DPI and PEPSC) to develop a formulaic, performance-based weighted model and report it to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee
  • The Senate Education Committee added the following to the bill:
    • Require the SBE to at least annually review the accountability state of each EPP and assign warned, probation, or revoked statuses to EPPs that do not meet accountability standards

 

HB 362: 15-Point Scale for School Performance Grades

  • Approved by the Senate Rules Committee and sent to the Senate floor
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Horn, R-Union; Harris, D-Mecklenburg; Elmore, R-Wilkes; Autry, D-Mecklenburg
  • Makes permanent the 15-point scale for school performance grades
  • The Senate Education Committee added the following to the bill:
    • Require the SBE to adopt emergency rules in preparation for permanent rule making
    • Direct the SBE to study the reporting methods used for school accountability purposes on the NC annual school report cards

 

 

HB 922: Enhance Insurance Coverage/Education Buildings

  • Approved by the Senate Rules Committee and sent to the Senate floor
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives D. Hall, R-Caldwell; Lewis, R-Harnett; Arp, R-Union
  • The Senate Commerce and Insurance Committee replaced the contents of the original bill that dealt with changes to the Vacation Rental Act with a bill dealing with State insurance coverage for public school buildings and community colleges
  • The new version of the bill does the following:
    • Requires local boards of education to insure and keep insured buildings owned by the LEA to the extent of not less than 80% of the current insurable value against loss by an insurable hazard such as fire, windstorm, vandalism, sprinkler leakage, water damage, etc.
    • When property of the LEA is located in the 100-year flood plain on the latest Flood Insurance Rate Map, that local school board is required to insure or keep insured to the extent of not less than 80% of the current insurable value for flood damage to buildings and their contents
    • Requires county commissioners to provide the necessary funding for compliance
    • Transfers the School Insurance Fund Section of DPI to the Department of Insurance (DOI) – the balance of the Public School Insurance Fund will also be transferred to DOI

 

Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education – June 25

At this month’s meeting, commission members revisited each work group’s draft priorities. Priority topics include finances and resources, teachers, principals, early childhood/“whole child”, and assessment and accountability. While there were many technical changes suggested amongst work groups, the main discussion centered around the teacher work group draft priorities presentation. The group introduced the idea of a sliding scale that would pay teachers depending on whether they teach in a low wealth district and/or a high poverty school. The idea was favored by many commission members, but there were also concerns expressed. Teacher work group members were asked to consider whether this framework might incentivize schools to re-segregate in an attempt to receive more funding and whether teacher retention might decrease when new teachers are placed in high-needs schools under the proposed expansion of the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program (NC NTSP). After hearing numerous suggestions for all work groups, a July meeting is planned to be scheduled as the commission prepares to compile each work group’s priorities.

Click here to access all agenda items and attachments.

 

 

Leanne E. Winner
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6686

Bruce Mildwurf
Associate Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6692

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6677

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6688

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State Budget Highlights

State Budget Highlights

We are pleased to inform you that the Senate budget provision aiming to remove local school boards’ ability to take county commissioners to court if capital funding is not resolved in mediation was not included in the State budget that was released on Tuesday evening. We would like to give a special thanks to all of the local school boards that have contributed to the North Carolina School Boards Action Center (NCSBAC). Without your contributions, we would have not been able to create and share this video that combated the Senate budget provision.

The following are descriptions of key State budget special provisions that we believe may be important to you. We will include additional summaries in our weekly update on Friday.

Click here to access the State budget bill. 
Click here to access the State budget committee report.

 

Summaries of Special Provisions:

Section 7.9 – Advanced Teaching Roles Changes (pgs. 35-40)

  • Codifies and makes permanent the advanced teaching roles program that was created in the 2016 budget as a three-year pilot (pgs. 18-21) and was extended to eight years in the 2018 budget (pgs. 21-22)
  • Adds that the loss of an advanced teaching role shall not be considered a demotion under G.S.115C, Article 22, Part 3
  • Maintains maximum pay increase at 30% of the State teacher salary schedule
  • Removes the 10 LEA maximum for program participation – SBE can choose up to five LEAs from each of the following categories: previous school year ADM of 4,000 or less, previous school year ADM between 4,001 and 20,000, and previous school year ADM of 20,001 of more
  • LEAs that are already participating in the pilot and apply under the new statute shall be approved as long as they meet the standards of the program
  • Allows class size flexibility and budget flexibility for advanced teaching roles schools
  • Approval of the program is for five years and may be renewed
  • Adds that grant funds are awarded to LEAs for a term of up to three years, without giving a LEA eligibility to receive funding for more than one term (LEAs can continue the program, but will not receive funds after three years)

 

Section 7.23 – 15-Point Scale for School Performance Grades (pg. 47)

  • Makes permanent the 15-point scale for school performance grades

 

Section 7.27 – Cooperative Innovative High Schools/Cap on Number of New Schools (pgs. 48-49)

  • Allows SBE to approve up to four applications each year for cooperative innovative high schools that request additional funds
  • If an LEA is not one of the four applicants awarded additional funds, it may apply for approval but will not receive any funding
  • There will be no reduction in funding for cooperative innovate high schools

 

Section 7.31 – Classroom Supplies to Teachers (pgs. 50-52)

  • Allots $150 for the purchase of classroom supplies through an electronic account to each eligible classroom teacher for the 2019-20 fiscal year no later than January 15, 2020
  • Allots $200 for the 2020-21 fiscal year as of August 31, 2020
  • The $15 million of appropriations is estimated to cover $145 of supplies for each teacher during each year of the biennium

 

Section 7.41 – Permit Use of Special State Reserve Fund for Transportation/Establish Transportation Reserve Fund for Homeless and Foster Children (pgs. 59-60)

  • DPI shall use funds from the Special State Reserve Fund (SSRF) to cover extraordinary transportation costs for high-needs children with disabilities attending LEAs and charter schools
  • DPI shall establish the Transportation Reserve Fund for Homeless and Foster Children to cover extraordinary transportation costs for homeless and foster children attending LEAs and charter schools

 

Section 7.43 – Student Meal Debt Report and Reduced-Price Lunch Co-pays (pg. 61)

  • SBE shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee on unpaid meal charges in LEAs
  • DPI funds shall be used to provide school lunches at no cost to students of all grades who qualify for reduced-price meals in schools participating in the National School Lunch Program in the 2019-2020 school year

 

Section 7B.1 – Teacher Salary Schedule (pgs. 75-77) and Section 7B.3A – Veteran Teacher Bonuses (pgs. 77-78)

  • Increases average teacher salary by 3.9% over the biennium
  • Maintains regular step increases for teachers with 0-15 years of experience
  • Gives teachers with 16-20 years of experience a $500 raise for each year of the biennium
  • Gives teachers with 21-24 years of experience a $1,500 raise in the first year and a $500 raise in the second year
  • Gives teachers with 25 or more years of experience a $600 raise in the first year and a $500 raise in the second year
  • Provides a $500 bonus no later than October 31, 2019 for teachers with 25 or more years of experience as of October 1, 2019 – GA intends to continue this bonus in 2020

 

Section 7B.3 – Support Highly Qualified NC Teaching Graduates (pgs. 77-78)

  • Program began in the 2017 budget (pgs. 93-94)
  • Applies to those entering the teaching profession in the 2019-2021 fiscal biennium
  • Modifies the definition of a “highly qualified graduate” as an individual entering the teaching profession and hired on or after July 1, 2019 who graduated from an approved educator preparation program (EPP) located in NC, earned a GPA of 3.75 or higher, and scored 48 or higher on a majority of edTPA assessments or equivalents
  • Qualified graduates receive a salary supplement each month

 

Section 7B.4 – Principal Salary Schedule (pg. 78-80)

 

Section 7B.5 – Principal Bonuses (pgs. 80)

  • Increases the existing principal bonus for the top 5% from $10,000 to $15,000 and for the top 10% from $7,500 to $10,000
  • Eliminates the principal double bonus for principals in schools with D or F performance grades

 

Section 7B.5A – Principal Recruitment Supplement (pgs. 80-82)

  • Provides an annual salary supplement of $30,000 for up to 36 months for a principal who is paid on the exceeded growth column of the salary schedule and accepts employment at a low-performing school that is in the bottom 5%
  • The principal remains eligible for the 36 months regardless of future school performance grades or whether the principal continues to be paid based on the exceeded growth column

 

Section 7B.7 – Central Office Salaries (pgs. 82-84) and Section 7B.8 – Noncertified Personnel Salaries (pgs. 84-85)

  • Increases central office salaries and noncertified personnel salaries by 1% GA intends to continue this pay increase in 2020
  • Establishes maximum monthly salary levels for central office employees from State funds

 

Section 8A.9 – Combine K-12 Scholarship Programs for Children with Disabilities (pgs. 109-117)

  • Combines the current personal education savings account (PESA) with the disability grants program
  • Changes “PESA” to “Personal Education Student Accounts for Children with Disabilities”
  • Defines an eligible student as a child who is four years old before April 16 and is found to meet enrollment requirements
  • An eligible student with certain disabilities including autism, hearing impairments, intellectual/developmental disability, orthopedic impairments, and visual impairments may be awarded up to $17,000 in scholarship funds for each school year – other eligible students are awarded up to $8,000 and eligible part-time students are awarded $4,000
  • Students can still qualify for this program and the Opportunity Scholarship if the family/student meets the eligibility of both

 

Section 38.25 – Rehire High-Need Teachers (pgs. 321-325)

 

Section 39.2(h) – School Capital (pgs. 330-333)

  • Provides $1.5 billion for school capital from the State Capital and Infrastructure Fund (SCIF) and delineates how much each LEA will receive, with at least $500 million appropriated by 2020-21

 

 

Additional Notable State Budget Provisions:

  • Section 4.3 – Education Lottery Funds (pg. 13)
  • Section 4.5 – Civil Penalty and Forfeiture Fund (pg.13)
  • Section 7.3 – Supplemental Funding in Low-Wealth Counties (pgs. 29-32)
  • Section 7.4 – Small County School System Supplemental Funding (pgs. 32-33)
  • Section 7.13 – Create Definition for Public Schools/School Resource Officers Report (pgs. 40-41)
  • Section 7.18 – Economics and Financial Literacy (pgs. 43-46)
  • Section 7.24 – Arts Education Graduation Requirement (pg. 47)
  • Section 7.36 – School Safety Grants Programs (pgs. 54-58)
  • Section 7.42 – Read to Achieve Reading Camp Curriculum Pilot Program (pgs. 60-61)
  • Section 7.47 – School Mental Health Crisis Response Program (pg. 63)
  • Section 7.51 – Extend Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform to 2020 (pg. 64)
  • Section 7.52 – Recommendations for Students with Disabilities Funding (pgs. 64-65)
  • Section 7.53 – Education on the Holocaust and Genocide/Gizella Abramson Holocaust Education Act (pg. 65)
  • Part VII-A – Excellent Public Schools Act of 2019 (pgs. 65-75)
  • Section 7B.6 – Assistant Principal Salaries (pg. 82)
  • Section 7B.9 – Small County Signing Bonus for Teachers (pgs. 84-85)
  • Section 7B.10 – Consolidate and Broaden Qualifications for Certain Teacher Bonuses (pgs. 85-89)
  • Section 7B.11 – School Psychologist and School Counselor Position Study (pgs. 89-90)
  • Section 8A.6 – Modify NC Teaching Fellows Program (pgs. 106-107)
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NCSBA Legislative Update – June 21, 2019

NCSBA Legislative Update – June 21, 2019

This Week at the Legislature

NCSBA is still working hard to combat a Senate budget provision (Section 7.48, pg. 56) that would allow county commissioners to take away the voice of local school boards in budget negotiations. The following video illustrates and describes the negative effects that this budget provision would have on the students that you serve.

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Please share this video with your contacts and encourage them to reach out to your legislators about this pressing issue.

Click here to see House representation by county.

Click her to see Senate representation by county.

Click here to read an article that further explains the Senate budget provision.

State budget negotiations are in their waning days. The Education K-12 portion is one the last pieces of the puzzle to get resolved. Unresolved issues are now being negotiated between House Speaker Tim Moore and President Pro Tem Phil Berger. Speaker Moore told House members on Thursday that they can expect to vote on the compromise budget next week, before many members disperse for July 4th vacation. To see other key budget provisions that NCSBA is discussing with negotiators click here.

Education K-12 bills are still making their way through committees and floor votes. Below we have outlined the progress of many bills mentioned in last week’s update, as well as other bills that have resurfaced.

 

Movement of K-12 Education Bills

Bills Sent to the Governor

HB 57: Create Term for Public Schools & Codify NCVPS

  • Presented to the Governor on Friday, June 21
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Elmore, R-Wilkes; Johnson, R-Cabarrus; Horn, R-Union
  • Defines a public school unit as a local school administrative unit, a charter school, a regional school, or a school providing elementary or secondary instruction operated by the State Board of Education, such as innovative schools and schools for students with visual and hearing impairments, or the University of North Carolina, such as the NC School of the Arts high school, NC School of Science and Mathematics, and UNC Laboratory Schools
  • Codifies the NC Virtual Public School

 

Bills with House Action

HB 37: Child Sex Abuse/Extend Statute of Limitations

  • Passed the House 104-10 and referred to the Senate Rules committee
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Riddell, R-Alamance; White, R-Johnston; Torbett, R-Gaston; B. Turner, D-Buncombe
  • Requires two hours of training in even numbered years beginning in 2020 on child sex abuse and sex trafficking for teachers, instructional support personnel, principals, assistant principals, and other school personnel who work directly with students
  • Extends the statute of limitations for a civil action for child sexual abuse so that a plaintiff has until age 38 to commence an action

 

SB 219: Modify Teacher Licensing Requirements

Addresses the statewide teacher shortage by making it easier to recruit and retain full-time teachers.

  • Conference report adopted by the House 107-1 and awaiting an up or down vote in the Senate
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators McInnis, R-Richmond; Tillman, R-Randolph; Johnson, R-Union
  • The conference report combines SB 219 with HB 521: Transitional License/Teacher from Other State, which is sponsored by Representatives Clemmons, D-Guilford; Horn, R-Union; Riddell, R-Alamance; Gailliard, D-Nash.
  • Creates a three-year nonrenewable “limited license” for:
    • Individuals who were issued an initial professional license (IPL) but have not yet qualified for a continuing professional license (CPL)
    • Out-of-state applicants that do not have an IPL or a CPL, but have a current teacher license in good standing and at least three years of teaching experience
    • A military spouse who holds a current teaching license in another state
    • (An individual’s limited license can only be used in the LEA that requested it)
  • Provides a one-year IPL extension for elementary and special education teachers
  • Extends the timeframe to pass testing requirements for a CPL from two years to three years
  • Authorizes LEAs to determine experience credit for teachers from other states to pay them at the commensurate level on the State salary schedule during the first year of the license
  • Reduces the number of years required to get a lifetime teaching license from 50 years to 30 years
  • Authorizes emergency rulemaking by the State Board of Education to implement the requirements of the bill in accordance with its timeline (many teachers’ licenses are expiring on June 30, 2019)
  • Click here to read a News & Observer article that explains the effect that this bill has on teachers with expiring licenses

 

SB 227: TP3/Principal Fellows Consolidation

  • Passed the House 107-0 and returned to the Senate for concurrence
  • Primary Sponsor: Senator Tillman, R-Randolph
  • Maintains the existing administration of the Transforming Principal Preparation Program (TP3) for current grant recipients until 2021 (previously, the TP3 program was to be transferred to the control of the Principal Fellows Commission on July 1, 2019)
  • Merges the TP3 and the Principal Fellows Program on July 1, 2021 to become the North Carolina Principal Fellows and TP3 Commission
  • Click here to read a summary of the bill by the NC Association of School Administrators

 

SB 366: 10th Grade/College Transfer Pathways

  • Passed the House 108-0 and returned to the Senate for concurrence
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators McInnis, R-Richmond; B. Jackson, R-Sampson
  • Expands the career and technical education pathway for high school freshmen and sophomores to include business technologies courses (current law provides career and technical education pathways for high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors)
  • Modifies the college transfer pathway to include certain sophomores (the previous edition of the bill included freshmen – current law already includes juniors and seniors)
  • Requires that those sophomores receive academic advising on entering early college and get parental consent before participating in the pathway
  • Requires the SBE to include certain individuals as qualified to contract as adjunct instructors with LEAs for career and technical education programs

 

SB 391: Expand Youth Internship Opportunities

  • Approved by the House Education K-12 committee and referred to the House Commerce committee
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Ballard, R-Watauga; Gunn, R-Alamance; Newton, R-Cabarrus
  • Provides a limited exception to the prohibition of 16-18-year-old students participating in supervised, practice experiences with employers in occupations declared by the Commissioner of Labor to be detrimental to the health and well-being of youth
  • The House Education K-12 committee approved changes that clarifiy that the Commissioner of Labor must make the required findings that would allow an eligible student to qualify for the exception

 

SB 392: Various Charter School Changes

  • Approved by the House Education K-12 committee and referred to the House Rules committee
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Ballard, R-Watauga; Brown, R-Onslow; Newton, R-Cabarrus
  • Designates the Superintendent of Public Instruction as an applicable elected representative who may approve bonds to finance or refinance a charter school facility
  • The House Education K-12 committee approved changes that merged the bill with SB 522: Various Changes to Charter School Laws, which clarifies charter school renewal standards, requires background checks for charter boards of directors, and increases the cap on enrollment growth of virtual charter schools participating in the pilot program

 

SB 399: Rehire High-Need Teachers

  • Approved by the House Pensions and Retirement committee and referred to the House Rules committee
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Horner, R-Nash; Berger, R-Rockingham; Chaudhuri, D-Wake
  • Allows teachers who retired on or before February 1, 2019 to return to work in high-need schools (Title I schools or schools with an overall school performance grade of D or F) without adversely impacting the retired teachers’ benefits
  • The House Pensions and Retirement committee approved changes to the bill that add language from Section 38.25(f)-(i) in the Senate version of the budget (HB966), which requires the following:
    • If the IRS determines that the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System (TSERS) would be jeopardized by allowing retired teachers to return to work in high-need schools while receiving retirement benefits, this act would be repealed 30 days from receipt of that determination
    • The State Treasurer would notify all LEAs of the repeal (and LEAs would notify all high-need retired teachers) and publicly post the information on the Department of the State Treasurer website
    • Any beneficiary employed by a LEA to teach as a high-need retired teacher would not be eligible to elect into a position that would lead him or her to be able to accrue any additional TSERS benefits

 

Bills with Senate Action

HB 362: 15-Point Scale for School Performance Grades

  • Will be heard in the Senate Education/Higher Education committee on Wednesday, June 26
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Horn, R-Union; Harris, D-Mecklenburg; Elmore, R-Wilkes; Autry, D-Mecklenburg
  • Makes the 15-point scale for school performance grades permanent

 

HB 411: Modify School Quality/Student Success Indicator

  • Approved by the Senate Rules committee and sent to the Senate floor
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Horn, R-Union; Corbin, R-Macon; Elmore, R-Wilkes; Johnson, R-Cabarrus
  • Combines the career and college readiness indicators used for school performance grades and for the purpose of compliance with federal law
  • The Senate Education/Higher Education committee changed the bill to include a requirement that the SBE include additional career and college readiness information on annual report cards – This additional information includes the percentage of high school students who achieved the minimum score required for admission into a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina on a nationally normed test of college readiness and the percentage of high school students enrolled in Career and Technical Education courses who score at Silver, Gold, or Platinum levels on a nationally normed test of workplace readiness

 

HB 924: Teacher Contract Changes

  • Passed the Senate 42-3 and placed on the House calendar for a concurrence vote on Monday, June 24
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives D. Hall, R-Caldwell; Horn, R-Union
  • Clarifies eligibility for extended teacher contracts by defining a year of employment as not less than the standard 120 workdays performed as a teacher in a full-time permanent position (which had previously been the standard for career status)
  • The Senate amended the bill to include contents of SB 134: Economics & Financial Literacy Act, which establishes completion of an economics and personal finance course as a public high school graduation requirement – If the bill is sent to conference, it would be concerning this change
  • The following two News & Observer articles describe the potential impact that the financial literacy aspect of this bill could have on current high school courses

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article228987929.html

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article231478103.html

 

SB 500: Modify Advanced Math Course Enrollment

  • Senate voted not to concur with House changes to the bill and a conference committee was appointed (click here for conferee list)
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Smith, D-Northampton; Tillman, R-Randolph; Chaudhuri, D-Wake
  • Makes the following modifications to the implementation of advanced math courses and opportunities for grades three and higher:
    • When practicable, LEAs must offer advanced learning opportunities in math in grades three through five
    • Any student in grades three through five who scores at the highest level on the EOG must be provided advanced learning opportunities in math approved for that student’s grade level
    • Before a parent or guardian can provide written consent for their student to be excluded or removed from an advanced learning opportunity for students in grades three through five or from an advanced math course for students in grades six and higher, it is required that the parent or guardian be informed that the student’s placement was determined by the student’s achievement at the highest level on the previous EOG or EOC
  • The House changed the bill to say that schools that did not offer Math I to eighth graders during the 2018-19 school year are not required to offer it for the 2019-20 school year, but are required to develop and submit an implementation plan by January 15, 2020

 

June 24-28 Legislative Meeting Calendar

Monday, June 24

3:00 pm – House: Rules – Legislative Building, rm 1228/1327 (audio)

Wednesday, June 26

11:00 am – Senate: Education/Higher Education – Legislative Building, rm 1027/1128 (audio)

 

 

Leanne E. Winner
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6686

Bruce Mildwurf
Associate Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6692

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6677

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6688

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NCSBA Legislative Update – June 14, 2019

NCSBA Legislative Update – June 14, 2019

This Week at the Legislature

The State budget remains on the minds of everyone on Jones Street. The most asked question inside the legislative building this week was “What do you know?” With the answer among lobbyists and rank and file legislators always being, “Not much.” Translation = budget negotiations are slow going. That said, House and Senate committees picked up the pace, moving along a number of education bills. Several of those bills look quite different today than they did this time last week. We have explained those bill changes below.

 

Movement of K-12 Education Bills

HB 37: Child Sex Abuse/Extend Statute of Limitations

  • Approved by the House Judiciary committee and referred to the House rules committee
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Riddell, R-Alamance; White, R-Johnston; Torbett, R-Gaston; B. Turner, D-Buncombe
  • The House Judiciary committee changed the bill to include required training on child sex abuse and sex trafficking for school personnel – Additionally, the bill extends the statute of limitations for a civil action for child sexual abuse so that a plaintiff has until age 38 to commence an action

 

HB 57: Create Term for Public Schools & Codify NCVPS

  • Passed the Senate 42-0 and returned to the House for concurrence
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Elmore, R-Wilkes; Johnson, R-Cabarrus; Horn, R-Union
  • Defines a public school unit as a local school administrative unit, a charter school, a regional school, or a school providing elementary or secondary instruction operated by the State Board of Education (SBE), such as innovative schools and schools for students with visual and hearing impairments, or the University of North Carolina, such as the NC School of the Arts high school, NC School of Science and Mathematics, and UNC Laboratory Schools
  • Codifies the NC Virtual Public School

 

HB 924: Teacher Contract Changes

  • Approved by the Senate Rules committee and had been withdrawn from the calendar twice before being calendared for Monday, June 17
  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives D. Hall, R-Caldwell; Horn, R-Union
  • Clarifies eligibility for extended teacher contracts by defining a year of employment as not less than the standard 120 workdays performed as a teacher in a full-time permanent position, which had previously been the standard for career status
  • The Senate previously amended the bill to include contents of SB 134: Economics & Financial Literacy Act, which establishes completion of an economics and personal finance course as a public high school graduation requirement

 

SB 219: Modify Teacher Licensing Requirements

  • Passed the House 116-0 – Senate voted not to concur with House changes to the bill and a conference committee was appointed (click here for conferee list)
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators McInnis, R-Richmond; Tillman, R-Randolph; Johnson, R-Union
  • Makes changes to the testing requirements for an initial professional teacher license (IPL), provides a one-year IPL extension for certain teachers, and implements a three-year nonrenewable license for teachers who were issued an IPL but did not qualify for a continued professional license (CPL)
  • The House made the following changes to the bill:
    • Provide a three-year transitional license for teachers from other states – teachers with a transitional license are not required to achieve a minimum score on a standardized test
    • Authorize LEAs to determine experience credit for teachers from other states to pay them at the commensurate level on the State salary schedule during the first year of the license
    • Clarify that a lifetime license be issued to a currently licensed teacher that “has completed 30 or more years of creditable service with the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System.” – previously, teachers could obtain a lifetime teaching license at 50 years

 

SB 227: TPS/Principal Fellows Consolidation

  • Approved by the House Education K-12 committee and referred to the House Rules committee
  • Primary Sponsor: Senator Tillman, R-Randolph
  • The House Education K-12 committee replaced the contents of the original bill that dealt with broadening charter school enrollment priority with a bill dealing with principal preparation programs
  • The new version of the bill does the following:
    • Maintains the existing administration of the Transforming Principal Preparation Program (TP3) for current grant recipients until 2021 (the TP3 program was to be transferred to the control of the Principal Fellows Commission on July 1, 2019)
    • TP3 and the Principal Fellows Program will merge on July 1, 2021 and become the North Carolina Principal Fellows and TP3 Commission
    • The NC Association of School Administrators wrote, “The goal of the merger of the two programs is to streamline oversight and administration of existing principal preparation programs, while generating more funds for applicants seeking forgivable loans to become effective principals.”

 

SB 366: 10th Grade/College Transfer Pathways

  • Approved by the House Education K-12 committee and referred to the House Rules committee
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators McInnis, R-Richmond; B. Jackson, R-Sampson
  • Expands academic transition pathway options for certain freshmen and sophomore high school students
  • The House Education K-12 committee made the following changes to the bill:
    • Expand the career and technical education pathway for high school freshmen and sophomores to include business technologies courses
    • Modify the college transfer pathway to include certain sophomores (the previous edition of the bill included freshmen – current law already includes juniors and seniors)
    • Require that those sophomores receive academic advising on entering early college and get parental consent before participating in the pathway
    • Require the SBE to include certain individuals as qualified to contract as adjunct instructors with LEAs for career and technical education programs
  • Current law provides career and technical education pathways for high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors and college transfer pathways for high school juniors and seniors – Click here to access a SB 366 bill summary that also explains current law

 

SB 399: Rehire High-Need Teachers

  • Approved by the House Education K-12 committee and referred to the House Rules committee with recommendation that it be referred to the House Pensions committee
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Horner, R-Nash; Berger, R-Rockingham; Chaudhuri, D-Wake
  • Allows teachers who retired on or before February 1, 2019 to return to work in high-need schools (Title I schools or schools with an overall school performance grade of D or F) without adversely impacting the retired teachers’ benefits

 

SB 448: Amend Appt for Compact on Education/Military

  • Passed the House 116-0 and sent to the Governor
  • Primary Sponsor: Senator Brown, R-Onslow
  • Requires that an individual appointed by the Governor as Compact Commissioner represent at least one LEA with a high concentration of military children and removes the requirement that the individual be a licensed NC attorney

 

SB 500: Modify Advanced Math Course Enrollment

  • Passed the House 116-0 and returned to the Senate for concurrence
  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Smith, D-Northampton; Tillman, R-Randolph; Chaudhuri, D-Wake
  • Makes the following modifications to the implementation of advanced math courses and opportunities for grades three and higher:
    • When practicable, LEAs must offer advanced learning opportunities in math in grades three through five
    • Any student in grades three through five who scores at the highest level on the EOG must be provided advanced learning opportunities in math approved for that student’s grade level
    • Before a parent or guardian can provide written consent for their student to be excluded or removed from an advanced learning opportunity for students in grades three through five or from an advanced math course for students in grades six and higher, it is required that the parent or guardian be informed that the student’s placement was determined by the student’s achievement at the highest level on the previous EOG or EOC
  • The House went back and forth on several changes to the bill, but ultimately the only substantial change that was made to the Senate version is that schools that did not offer Math I to eighth graders during the 2018-19 school year do not have to offer it for the 2019-20 school year, but are required to develop and submit an implementation plan by January 15, 2020

 

Program Evaluation Division—Early Childhood Learning

A recent State report by the Program Evaluation Division (PED) found that more focus on early childhood learning will ultimately raise achievement in predominately disadvantaged school districts. The report states that predominately disadvantaged school districts that demonstrate average or above average school performance are doing so by third grade. These districts share the following common characteristics:

  • Provide Pre-K,
  • Maximize learning time by providing after school tutoring or more uninterrupted instruction time for students struggling in a specific subject area;
  • Obtain additional resources like federal grants and partnerships with local civic organizations that provide tutoring
  • Have local school boards that focus on policy and academic achievement rather than attempting to micromanage the school district; and
  • Attract and retain high-quality teachers and principals by providing a positive culture, teacher coaching and development, and principal autonomy

The report includes two recommendations for the General Assembly. First, low-performing school districts should be required to incorporate an early childhood component into their required plans for improvement. Second, an assessment of early childhood learning should be included in DPI’s comprehensive needs assessment process for school districts.

Click here to access the PED report and additional resources.

 

June 17-21 Legislative Meeting Calendar

Monday, June 17

2:30 pm – House: Rules – Legislative Building, rm 1228/1327 (audio)

Tuesday, June 18

1:00 pm – House: Education K-12 – Legislative Offices Building, rm 643 (audio)

Wednesday, June 19

11:00 am – Senate: Education/Higher Education – Legislative Building, rm 1027/1128 (audio)

 

 

Leanne E. Winner
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6686

Bruce Mildwurf
Associate Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6692

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6677

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6688

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Video Released on Capital Disputes Provision

Video Released on Capital Disputes Provision

Thanks to the availability of NCSBAC funds, NCSBA was able to create and promote the following video to combat county commissioners’ efforts to take away the voice of local school boards in budget negotiations.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO

 

The Senate budget provision (Section 7.48, pg. 56) removes the school board’s ability to take county commissioners to court if capital funding is not resolved in mediation. While the court process has been used infrequently, it removes the pressure and incentive for county commissioners to work with school boards at every stage of the process to address school capital needs. This makes school capital completely at the whim of county commissioners, regardless of health or safety risks to the students that you serve. While you may not see an immediate looming issue for your district, over time this could create a severe school building deficit in your school district due to the age, condition, or capacity of your schools.

 

We are promoting the video on Facebook and Twitter, where it can be shared and retweeted.

Please share this video with your contacts and encourage them to reach out to your legislators about this pressing issue.

Click here to see House representation by county.
Click here to see Senate representation by county.

 

 

Leanne E. Winner
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6686

Bruce Mildwurf
Associate Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6692

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6677

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6688

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NCSBA Legislative Update – June 7, 2019

NCSBA Legislative Update – June 7, 2019

This Week at the Legislature

The pace picked up at the General Assembly this week as more committees began meeting to hear bills that had crossed over from the other chamber. Conferees for budget negotiation were named and negotiators will get down to business starting next week. Click here to see the list of conferees.

The highlight of the week was a special convening of the General Assembly in the old chambers at the Capitol in honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Following the special session, there was a ceremony held outside of the Capitol building honoring those killed on D-Day and specifically recognizing the 39 North Carolinians who sacrificed their lives. The following articles share more coverage of both the special session and the ceremony.

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article231119213.html

https://www.wral.com/north-carolina-honors-veterans-for-75th-anniversary-of-d-day/18435383/

https://abc11.com/community-events/ww2-d-day-ceremony-at-nc-general-assembly/5335055/

 

Movement of K-12 Education Bills

The following bills were approved by the House Rules committee and will be calendared for next week.

SB 219: Modify Teacher Licensing Requirements

  • Primary Sponsors: Senators McInnis, R-Richmond; Tillman, R-Randolph; Johnson, R-Union
  • Makes changes to the testing requirements for an initial professional teacher license (IPL), provides a one-year IPL extension for certain teachers, and implements a three-year nonrenewable license for teachers who were issued an IPL but did not qualify for a continued professional license (CPL)
  • The House made the following changes to the bill:
    • Provide a three-year transitional license for teachers from other states
    • Authorize LEAs to determine experience credit for teachers from other states to pay them at the commensurate level on the State salary schedule during the first year of the license
    • Reduce the service requirement for a lifetime teaching license from 50 years to 30 years
    • Add “Individuals issued transitional licenses shall not be required to demonstrate preparation through achieving a prescribed minimum score on a standardized examination.”
    • Clarify that a lifetime license be issued to a currently licensed teacher that “has completed 30 or more years of creditable service with the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System.”

SB 448: Amend Appt for Compact on Education/Military

  • Primary Sponsor: Senator Brown, R-Onslow
  • An individual appointed by the Governor as Compact Commissioner is no longer required to be a licensed NC attorney, but rather an individual who represents at least one LEA with a high concentration of military children

SB 500: Modify Advanced Math Course Enrollment

  • Primary Sponsors: Senators Smith, D-Northampton; Tillman, R-Randolph; Chaudhuri, D-Wake
  • Makes the following modifications to the implementation of advanced math courses and opportunities for grades three and higher:
    • When practicable, LEAs shall offer advanced learning opportunities in math in grades three through five
    • Any grade three through five student who scores at the highest level on the EOG shall be provided advanced learning opportunities in math approved for that student’s grade level
    • Before a parent or guardian can provide written consent for their student to be excluded or removed from an advanced learning opportunity for students in grades three through five or from an advanced math course for students in grades six and higher, it is required that the parent or guardian be informed that the student’s placement was determined by the student’s achievement at the highest level on the previous EOG or EOC
  • The House made the following changes to the bill:
    • Remove the high school math placement requirement
    • Extend certain reporting and implementation deadlines by one year
    • Require the submission of implementation plans

 

The following bills were approved by the Senate Education/Higher Education committee and referred to the Senate Rules committee.

HB 57: Create Term for Public Schools & Codify NCVPS

  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives Elmore, R-Wilkes; Johnson, R-Cabarrus; Horn, R-Union
  • Codifies the NC Virtual Public School (NCVPS) program and defines a “public school unit” as a local school administrative unit, a charter school, a regional school, or a school providing elementary or secondary instruction operated by the SBE or the University of North Carolina
  • The Senate amended the bill to clarify that NCVPS is not a public school unit

HB 924: Teacher Contract Changes

  • Primary Sponsors: Representatives D. Hall, R-Caldwell; Horn, R-Union
  • Clarifies eligibility for extended teacher contracts by defining a year of employment as not less than the standard 120 workdays performed as a teacher in a full-time permanent position, which had previously been the standard for career status
  • The Senate amended the bill to add the contents of SB 134: Economics & Financial Literacy Act to the bill

 

State Board of Education Meeting — June 5 & 6

Board members and advisors met this week to discuss an array of topics including charter school approvals, equity strategies in public schools, and incorporating computer science into education standards. Digital learning and computer science curriculum were covered twice in this month’s meeting: once during a Special Committee on Digital Learning and Computer Sciences presentation and once during a Student Learning and Achievement Committee presentation. Students could start learning about computer science as early as kindergarten, where teachers could explain the importance of computer and account passwords. By incorporating computer science into NC’s education standards, specific courses wouldn’t be required, but rather the integration of the subject matter into already existing courses. SBE Chair Davis requested that the meeting minutes reflect a Board approval of computer science becoming part of NC’s education standards.

The Board also heard from staff in DPI’s Exceptional Children Division about a policy recommendation concerning autism spectrum disorder. With the number of autistic students increasing, staff members proposed a policy change in autism identification practices used in schools. Although some Board members expressed their concern about the changes being potentially more restrictive, the presenters explained that the changes would help give school staff a deeper clarity of autism as updated data and information have become available.

During the Board’s monthly legislative update, a 2019-20 budget comparison was presented.

Click here to access DPI’s 2019-20 budget information, which includes the budget comparison and House and Senate budget summaries.

Click here to access all Board materials.

 

June 10-14 Legislative Meeting Calendar

Monday, June 10

1:00 pm – Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee – Legislative Office Building, rm 544 (audio)

Friday, June 14

10:00 am – NC Child Well-Being Transformation Council – Legislative Office Building, rm 423

 

 

Leanne E. Winner
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6686

Bruce Mildwurf
Associate Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6692

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6677

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6688

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NCSBA Legislative Update – May 31, 2019

NCSBA Legislative Update – May 31, 2019

Senate Budget

The State budget process is like a four-quarter game if you will. We have reached the midpoint, or halftime. The House passed its version of the spending plan in the first quarter, and the Senate passed its proposal in the second quarter today. The third quarter is when House and Senate budget writers come together to create a compromise budget to send to the Governor. And you guessed it, Governor Cooper owns the fourth quarter. The end of regulation occurs on the day that Governor Cooper signs the bill, uses the veto stamp, or allows time to run out without taking action, which would cause the budget to automatically become law. Based on the odds in Vegas, pundits predict that this game is headed for overtime as a result of a budget veto. Below are the statistics from the second quarter.

 

We have updated our list of Senate budget provision summaries that affect K-12 education and included page numbers where each provision can be found in the most recently published version of the Senate budget (linked below). Note that these page numbers are subject to change following the Senate’s passage of the final version of its budget proposal today. Click here to view our Senate budget provision summaries.

Click here to view our summary of Senate budget appropriations.

 

The following are versions as amended by the Senate Appropriations/Base Budget Committee on Wednesday, May 29:

 

School Capital Senate Budget Provision

As was reported to you earlier this week, the Senate version budget bill includes a special provision (Section 7.48, pg. 55) that eliminates the ability for a local board of education to take their county commission to court over capital needs. NCSBA had planned to have an amendment run on the Senate floor to remove this provision from the Senate bill. We knew the likelihood of this amendment passing was not great and that our real work is to make sure it is not in conference report. After our sponsor had the amendment drafted, he consulted with us as to whether we really wanted to run the amendment because we ran the risk of triggering a Senate rule that until this session has not been used to anyone’s memory. The rule is:

After an amendment has been tabled or defeated on the Senate floor, the contents of such amendment or the principal provisions of its subject matter shall not be embodied in any other measure.

You might recall media coverage about this rule in the discussion over Medicaid expansion after an amendment was defeated on the Senate floor earlier this session. To read more about this click here.

Thus, the NCSBA Governmental Relations staff made the decision to not have the amendment considered and not run the risk of forcing the Senate leadership to insist under their rules that the provision had to be included.

During the Senate budget debate, an amendment on Medicaid expansion was ruled out of order and several other amendments were withdrawn because of the rule.

It is going to be critical that you communicate with all members of your legislative delegation about this provision. The following are talking points:

  • This Provision has absolutely nothing to do with the state budget. This issue deals with local dollars.
  • This is a solution in search of a problem. A dispute over capital rarely ends up in court. Litigation is absolutely the last resort. Why would a school board want to bite the hand that feeds it?
  • We have all heard about Union County, but it is an outlier. The dispute started off as a case about current expense appropriations, and capital got rolled into it. Last year, a senator helped create a win-win with a solution that both sides could live with. A year later we are back to picking a winner and a loser among these two elected bodies.
  • Sometimes a stick is needed to get someone to the table to negotiate in good faith. With this provision, you are essentially removing any sense of meaningful mediation because “the decision of the county commissioners is final.” It removes any incentive for county commissioners to work with their elected school board at every stage of the process.
  • The folks that really get hurt by this provision are the public-school students, teachers, and other staff that work in overcrowded or dilapidated conditions.
  • While no one wants to use taxpayer money on attorney bills, it is important that school boards, on behalf of students and teachers, be able to make a case to rectify deplorable conditions so that students have a chance to succeed.
  • From 1997 to 2015, only four (or .19%) of the 2,070 individual budget processes have gone to court. We know that one involved both current expense and capital, two only involved current expense, and we do not have information on the fourth.

 

June 3-7 Legislative Meeting Calendar

Wednesday, June 5

11:00 am – Senate: Education/Higher Education – Legislative Building, rm 1027/1128 (audio)

 

 

Leanne E. Winner
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6686

Bruce Mildwurf
Associate Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6692

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6677

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6688

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NCSBA Legislative Update – May 24, 2019

NCSBA Legislative Update – May 24, 2019

This Week at the Legislature

While the sun was shining bright outside the legislative building this week, it felt like the calm before the storm inside the building. Few committees met and not much happened in public view, but something is definitely brewing off in the distance. While the House passed its version of the State budget several weeks ago, the Senate is expected to present its version of the budget next week. Senate appropriations subcommittees will meet to review their portions of the budget on Tuesday, and subcommittee reports will be rolled together and sent to the Senate Appropriations/Base Budget committee. Senate floor votes are expected on Thursday and Friday.

The NCSBA Governmental Relations team plans to email special alerts throughout the week as we learn more about the Senate budget.

One bill of note that was filed this week and is already scheduled to be heard on the Senate floor next week is SB 674: Surry Co./Mt. Airy/Elkin City/Bd. Ed Partisan, sponsored by Senators Berger (R-Rockingham) and Ballard (R-Watauga). The bill would change the local board of education elections for Surry County, Mount Airy City, and Elkin City from nonpartisan to partisan. By our count, the current number of partisan boards in the State is 35.

The Program Evaluation Committee (PED) also received a brief presentation on the North Carolina Should Focus on Early Childhood Learning in Order to Raise Achievement in Predominantly Disadvantaged School Districts report. The report recommends:

  • requiring low performing school districts to include an early childhood improvement plan as a component of their required plans for improvement; and
  • requiring an assessment of early childhood learning as part of the Department of Public Instruction’s comprehensive needs assessment process for districts.

Draft legislation to be presented to the General Assembly was presented to the committee and will be voted on at their June meeting.

To view all materials on this report please click here.

 

 

Leanne E. Winner
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6686

Bruce Mildwurf
Associate Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6692

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6677

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6688

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