Weekly Legislative Update - Friday, July 28, 2017

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Legislative Update

July 28, 2017 


The Week In Review

The Governor signed several bills this week affecting K-12 public education. The legislature returns on Thursday, August 3 to consider a narrow range of bills, meeting requirements laid out in the adjournment resolution

Bills Signed into Law by the Governor This Week

NC Elementary

SB 599/SL 2017-189: Excellent Educators for Every Classroom


As covered in previous newsletters, SB 599 replaces the current lateral entry system of alternative teacher certification with “residency licensure.” 


The bill:

  • establishes the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission to recommend standards for educator preparation, licensure, continuing education, and conduct to the State Board,
  • adds additional requirements to Educator Preparation Program (EPP) content,
  • modifies the current EPP accountability system,
  • clarifies that retired principals or retired assistant principals may be employed as interim principals, regardless of licensure status,
  • authorizes the State Board to continue to issue lateral entry licenses through the 2018-2019 school year, and
  • exempts members of the General Assembly who are teachers from continuing education credit requirements. 

For a more thorough summary of SB 599, read the Fiscal Research Division summary of the bill here.

SB 468/SL 2017-187: QZAB Use Modification

In 1997, Congress created Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs) to help school districts with low-income populations save on interest costs associated with borrowing funds for certain purposes. Senate Bill 468 provides that the conditions established by the State Board of Education for the uses of a QZAB allocation must be for the purposes outlined in Federal law. Further, the bill prioritizes QZAB allocations so that the QZAB funds are first used in counties determined to have greater economic distress. The bill is summarized by the Fiscal Research Division here.

School Bus

SB 55/SL2017-188:School Bus Cameras/Civil Penalties

SB 55 gives local boards of education the option to install automated school bus safety cameras to capture photos of vehicles passing stopped school buses. The bill directs the State Board of Education to, upon the request of local boards, enter into regional or statewide contracts with private vendors to install and operate the cameras, and to develop a model request for proposals and contract for use by local boards. The bill also authorizes interlocal agreements aimed at enforcing school bus traffic laws with the cameras, and allows county boards of commissioners to adopt ordinances imposing civil penalties for passing a stopped school bus when the violation does not cause injury or death and is not criminally prosecuted. 

Relevant Bills on the Governor's Desk

HB 528 Budget Technical Corrections | Summary

HB 704 Divide School Systems/Study Committee | Summary 


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See this link for a complete list of bills impacting K-12 education.

Legislative Calendar

Thursday, August 3, 2017 

  12:00 PM Session Convenes (House)   House Audio  

  12:00 PM Session Convenes (Senate)  Senate Audio


North Carolina General Assembly 



    • Cecilia Holden  –  Director of Legislative Affairs and Special Initiatives  |  919-807-4035
    • Robb Jansen  –  Policy Development Analyst  |  919-807-3407
    • Anne Murtha  –  Legislative Specialist  |  919-807-3403
    • Dylan Blackburn – Legislative Intern

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