Weekly Legislative Update - Friday, September 29, 2017

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Legislative Update

September 29, 2017

General Assembly to Return October 4

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The General Assembly is set to reconvene October 4, 2017.  It is anticipated that lawmakers will use this time to debate gubernatorial vetoes and discuss a limited range of other matters.  To see the parameters for what can be considered during the reconvened session on October 4, please see the adjournment resolution that was passed the last time the General Assembly was in session.  It contains information on what bills may be considered when the legislature meets on October 4.

Clarification on the Elimination of the Analysis of Student Work (ASW) Process

The 2017 Budget Bill S257 “ELIMINATE ANALYSIS OF STUDENT WORK PROCESS FOR TEACHER EVALUATIONS SECTION 7.23E.(a) states that “The State Board of Education shall eliminate the use of the analysis of student work process and shall prohibit use of an analysis of student work process to assess teacher performance and professional growth as part of the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation System.”  

Under this legislation, no state or local ASW process (even if called by another name) may be used to inform teacher evaluations as part of the NC Educator Evaluation System process. However, teachers may look at student artifacts (in individual classrooms, Professional Learning Communities, small groups, etc.) as a means of self-reflection, as they would in their daily normal instructional practices.

Items of Interest for Social Studies Teachers

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EducationNC Civics Prize

First Vote NC,  a free project-based initiative designed around the North Carolina Essential Standards, has announced their EducationNC Civics Prize.  Every public and charter high school that signs up and holds a school-wide local election simulation will be entered into a raffle.  Post-election, First Vote will draw a school’s name out of the proverbial hat and send them a check for $1,000 to be used for civic education at their school.  Please go to www.firstvotenc.org to register.


The First Vote NC program provides an online voter platform with an authentic election simulation; the capacity to customize ballots; universal local election questions with results promoting analysis of data; and an engaging and comprehensive curriculum developed by Carolina K-12.

Opportunity for Triangle-area Social Studies Classes

First Vote NC is teaming up with the UNC’s Institute for Politics “Civics in the Triangle” initiative to launch a pilot program that connects college students with high school classrooms.  Carolina student volunteers that are part of the Institute will be trained to teach two lessons in high school classrooms that will focus on registering to vote and why voting matters.  We believe these students may have a unique ability to inspire high school students to become civically engaged and ready. If you are interested in being part of this program, please contact Hunter Buxton at hbuxton@ednc.org or 919-605-5317.

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

Legislative Calendar

Friday, September 29, 2017


10:00 a.m.:  North Carolina Courts Commission

643 LOB | Audio


Monday, October 2, 2017


1:00 p.m.:  House Select Committee on Strategic Transportation Planning and Long Term Funding Solutions

544 LOB | Audio


Tuesday, October 3, 2017


9:00 a.m.:  Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on General Government

544 LOB | Audio


10:00 a.m.:  Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Unemployment Insurance

643 LOB | Audio


1:00 p.m.:  Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee

643 LOB | Audio


2:00 p.m.:  Senate Select Committee on North Carolina River Water Quality

1027/1128 LB | (No audio)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

12:00 p.m.:  House Session Convenes

House Chamber | Audio

12:00 p.m.:  Senate Session Convenes

Senate Chamber | 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

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