Weekly Legislative Update - Sunday, January 14, 2018

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Legislative Update

January 14, 2018       

General Assembly Back in Session

NC General Assembly

This week, the General Assembly returned to Raleigh for an abbreviated session.  Legislators began the session Wednesday by approving gubernatorial and legislative appointments to state boards and commissions, including the Charter Schools Advisory Board.  Additionally, the House approved legislation designed to be an initial response to the issue of emerging contaminants in North Carolina bodies of water.  It is anticipated that lawmakers will remain in session until more information is available following the recent court order requiring certain electoral districts to be redrawn.  The General Assembly is expected to remain in session through next week.

Heather VunCannon

Vuncannon Named to Charter Schools Advisory Board


On Wednesday, the General Assembly confirmed a new member of the Charter Schools Advisory Board (CSAB).  Heather Vuncannon, Superintendent of Uwharrie Charter Academy in Asheboro, was appointed to the position by Speaker Tim Moore for a term expiring June 30, 2019.


CSAB makes recommendations to the State Board of Education on the adoption of rules regarding all aspects of charter school operation.  The Board also reviews and makes recommendations to the State Board of Education for final approval of charter applications, and takes on other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the State Board of Education. 


Congratulations to Superintendent Vuncannon on her new role!

DPI's Pitre-Martin and Shah-Coltrane Address Legislators


On Tuesday, the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee, a General Assembly study committee, heard presentations from Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, Deputy State Superintendent, and Sneha Shah-Coltrane, Director of the Division of Advanced Learning and Gifted Education.  Dr. Pitre-Martin spoke to committee members about the teacher licensure process and the results of an audit of DPI's Licensure Division, while Ms. Shah-Coltrane’s presentation addressed broadening successful participation in gifted education programs.


Please click here to see Dr. Pitre-Martin’s presentation.  Ms. Shah-Coltrane’s presentation can be accessed by clicking here.

NC High School Classroom

New Teaching Fellows Program Accepting Applications


The deadline is approaching for students to apply for a fellowship under the rebooted North Carolina Teaching Fellows program, which was established by the General Assembly in 2017.  Interested students have until Tuesday, January 16th to submit their applications at www.ncteachingfellows.com.


The North Carolina Teaching Fellows program is a competitive, merit-based forgivable loans-for-service program that provides up to $8,250 a year for up to four years to highly-qualified students committed to teaching special education or a STEM subject in a North Carolina public school.  Fellows selected for this prestigious program will also have the opportunity to benefit from meaningful program enrichment activities.


Please encourage any interested and qualified students to apply!

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

Legislative Calendar

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


9:00 a.m.:  Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services

643 LOB | Audio


10:00 a.m.:  House Session Convenes

House Chamber | Audio


4:00 p.m.:  Senate Session Convenes

Senate Chamber | Audio


Wednesday, January 17, 2018


9:00 a.m.:  House Select Committee on Implementation of Building Code Regulatory Reform

544 LOB | Audio


10:00 a.m.:  Child Fatality Task Force Full Meeting

1027/1128 LB | No Audio


1:00 p.m.:  Environmental Review Commission

643 LOB | Audio


Thursday, January 18, 2018


9:00 a.m.:  Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, Subcommittee on Aging

423 LOB | No Audio


9:00 a.m.:  Joint Legislative Emergency Management Oversight Committee

544 LOB | Audio


10:00 a.m.:  Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety, JPS Subcommittee on ABC Permitting & Enforcement

1124/1224 LB | No Audio


10:00 a.m.:  Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform (2017)

643 LOB | Audio


1:00 p.m.:  Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety

643 LOB | Audio

Friday, January 19, 2018


10:00 a.m.:  Joint Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting (2017)

643 LOB | Audio

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    • Anne Murtha  –  Legislative Specialist  |  919-807-3403

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