Weekly Legislative Update - Friday, January 26, 2018

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Legislative Update

January 26, 2018     

Legislative Oversight Committees Hear Education Topics

School Construction

Program Evaluation Oversight Discusses School Construction, Lottery and Nurses


On Monday, January 22, the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee met to discuss the findings of consulting firm MGT on school construction needs.  MGT examined 92 schools across 9 LEAs, and identified $630 million in facility needs, compared to the $287 million in needs identified in those same LEAs during the 2015-16 Facility Needs Survey.  MGT’s conclusions and recommendations can be found here (Slide 43 on page 22 of the presentation).  Their final report on school construction needs is accessible here.


Committee members also received a report on strategies to increase Lottery proceeds for education, and to evaluate whether the Lottery is providing the maximum possible benefit to the State.  You can view that report here.


Lastly, program evaluators delivered a presentation to committee members on school nurses.  The report stated that meeting current standards for school nurses statewide may cost up to $79 million annually.  The report also analyzed the need for school nurses and how nurses are funded.  Please click here to view this report.

Matthews Addresses Emergency Management Oversight Committee


Dr. Ben Matthews, DPI’s Chief School Operations Officer, presented to committee members on school safety topics including active shooter drills, school resource officers, panic alarms, and SPK UP NC, an anonymous reporting application for students.  Dr. Matthews’ presentation can be found here.

School Resource Officer



One of this publication’s main contributors and editors, Robb Jansen, is excited to be moving on to a new position in another state agency next week.  We appreciate Robb’s work and wish him the very best in his new role.

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Legislative Calendar

Friday, January 26, 2018


10:00 a.m.:  Senate Session Convenes

Senate Chamber | Audio


Monday, January 29, 2018


12:00 p.m.:  House Session Convenes

House Chamber | Audio


2:00 p.m.:  House Select Committee on Disaster Relief

544 LOB | Audio

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


10:30 a.m.:  Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group

UNC School of Government, Rooms 2401 & 2403 | No Audio


12:00 p.m.:  Senate Session Convenes

Senate Chamber | Audio


1:00 p.m.:  Agriculture and Forestry Awareness Study Commission

544 LOB | Audio


Wednesday, January 31, 2018


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

544 LOB | Audio


Thursday, February 1, 2018


9:00 a.m.:  Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology

544 LOB | Audio

Friday, February 2, 2018


10:00 a.m.:  North Carolina General Statutes Commission

1027/1128 LB | No Audio

North Carolina General Assembly 



    • Cecilia Holden  –  Director of Legislative Affairs and Special Initiatives  |  919-807-3406
    • Robb Jansen  –  Policy Development Analyst  |  919-807-3407
    • Anne Murtha  –  Legislative Specialist  |  919-807-3403

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