K-12 Education Legislative Update - Friday, February 16, 2018

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K12 Education Legislation Update

February 16, 2018       



The Week In Review

NC General Assembly

The General Assembly adjourned on Tuesday, February 13th and is scheduled to reconvene on May 16th, 2018 to begin their short legislative session. A copy of the adjournment resolution can be found here. Prior to their departure, the General Assembly passed HB 90 Changes to Education and Election Laws which addresses the class size requirements legislation outlined in HB 13. This bill now sits on the Governor’s desk for signature; however, the Governor's office has stated that he will allow the bill to become law without him signing. Additional details are outlined below.

HB 90: Changes to Education and Election Laws


House Bill 90 was passed by the General Assembly on Tuesday of this week and the Governor's office has stated that he will allow the bill to become law without his signature. This complex bill touches on many issues; however, only the first seven sections as summarized below, apply directly to education.  

  • Part I - ACP/MOU/ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS:  Outlines how funding will be used that may be received by the Governor through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC. Through this bill, the General Assembly has allocated these funds toward improvement of education in the Local Education Agencies through which the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will pass.  
  • Part II - CLASS SIZE PHASE IN: Phases in the required implementation of class size caps that were outlined in HB 13 Class Size Requirement Changes. See the chart below for the gradual rollout of class size caps. 
  • Part III - PROGRAM ENHANCEMENT TEACHER ALLOTMENT: Provides funds for a position allotment for teachers of program enhancement classes; 1 enhancement teacher per 191 students in K-5th to include dance, music, theater, and the visual arts; physical education and health programs; and world languages. In addition, this section clarifies that dual language and program enhancement classrooms are exempt from the class size limits.
  • Part IV - ALLOTMENT TRANSFER RESTRICTIONS: Although the bill restricts transfers from the enhancement teacher funding allocation, this section identifies exceptions to the restriction and provides details pertaining to flexibility that is allowable with these new funds.  This includes the hiring of international teachers or other measures to be approved by the State Board of Education.
  • Part V - APPROPRIATIONS FOR PROGRAM ENHANCEMENT TEACHERS: The General Assembly appropriates $61,359,225 for K-5 program enhancement teachers.
  • Part VI - CHANGES TO PERSONAL EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNTS: Streamlines the criteria for access to school choice scholarships and adds language to allow partial scholarships for children enrolled part-time in public school and part-time in non-public school.
  • Part VII - NC PRE-K STATUTORY APPROPRIATION: Increases Pre-K recurring funding by $82M and $91M beginning 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 respectively, an amount equal to the 3,000 students currently on the NC Pre-K waiting list.

    Harry Brown Chart

    Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on the North Carolina State Lottery

    The Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee’s 2015–17 Work Plan directed the Program Evaluation Division to evaluate whether the North Carolina State Lottery is providing the maximum benefit to the State by examining its operations, existing revenue-generating strategies, and efforts to reduce costs. The Committee met Thursday, February 15th during which Jim Horne, Principal Program Evaluator of the Program Evaluation Division (PED), reviewed the final report Options Exist for Increasing Proceeds for Education.


    Mr. Horne informed the Lottery Oversight Committee that Lottery sales in fiscal year 2017 were $2.4 billion. Of that amount, the proceeds to education were $622.5 million which are used to help defray costs for school construction. Included below is the graph from the presentation that shows the percentage of total funds for education. PED also recommended that the Lottery give annual reports to the General Assembly on the effectiveness of its advertising. Alice Garland, Executive Director of the North Carolina Education Lottery gave this report of Online Instant Ticket Sales and updated the committee on Keno Implementation.  The committee also assessed Michigan Online Lottery Instant Game Examples for ways to increase Lottery revenues in North Carolina. 



    Lottery Funding


    Bobbie Cavnar Named Top Educator in the Nation

    Bobbie Cavnar, North Carolina’s 2016 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Teacher of the Year and Gaston County South Point High School English and Journalism teacher, has been named the top educator in the nation. Last week, Cavnar received the 2018 NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence at the organization’s 49th annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C.. Cavnar, who has taught British literature at South Point for about 15 years, also won $25,000 as the recipient of the honor. Cavnar stated “I am certainly not the best teacher in this room, but I want to tell you how thankful I am that I get to be the one who’s raised up to represent what’s best about teaching.”  Cavnar is making a difference in and out of the classroom through his work with the North Carolina State Board of Education, mentoring of fellow educators and the inspiration he offers to his students through literature. This video shows Bobbie at work in his classroom and this video shows him at the NEA Gala.

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

    Legislative Calendar

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    3:00 p.m.: Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group (2017)|Online Meeting


    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

    9:00 a.m.: Joint Leg Study Cmte on Division of Local School Administrative Units            544 LOB | Audio


    Thursday, February 22, 2018

    10:00 a.m.: Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform                            544 LOB | Audio

    North Carolina General Assembly 



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      • David Smith –  Legislative Intern  |  919-807-3407

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