K-12 Education Legislative Update - Friday, May 11, 2018

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K12 Education Legislation Update

Vision Statement:  Every public school student, through access to needed resources and rigor, will graduate ready for post-secondary education and work, prepared to be a globally engaged and productive citizen.

Mission Statement: The State Board of Education will use its constitutional authority to lead and uphold the system of public education in North Carolina that guarantees every student in this state an opportunity to receive a sound basic education.

May 11, 2018       

The Week In Review and Looking Forward into Next Week


The interim committees are submitting their final reports, recommendations and proposals for legislation and budget items in this final week before the 2018 short session convenes on Wednesday, May 16.  


Next week will be a flurry of activity as the members of the North Carolina General Assembly gather for the second half of their biennial session. More information on the short session can be found in the legislative update from April 20th. During the short session, only the following items may be considered:

  1. Budget bills - bills directly and primarily affecting the State budget, including the budget of an occupational licensing board, for fiscal year 2018-2019
  2. Constitutional bills
  3. Crossover bills 
  4. Study committee bills  
  5. Local bills
  6. Appointment bills
  7. Gubernatorial actions
  8. Bills authorized by a joint resolution that passed by a two-thirds vote joint resolutions authorizing introduction of a bill 
  9. Pension or retirement bills
  10. Resolutions 
  11. Vetoed bills 
  12. Litigation 
  13. Election law bills 
  14. Bills disapproving rules 
  15. Impeachment
  16. Adjournment resolutions 

What do quality teachers make? 

They make a difference!

Teacher Appreciation

We would like to take a moment this week to thank North Carolina’s quality teachers for the passion and commitment they invest in the lives of our future generation. Teachers are integral to the success of every child’s life they touch.  They are the role model that helps children decide what to be when they grow up.  The work underway daily in our classrooms is critical to today’s society and the workforce of tomorrow. Teachers are positioned to give students a reason to come to school and feel supported. The work of our top quality teachers is what helps to ensure students are achieving their highest potential. More than anything else, teachers make a difference

Focus on Teacher Pay Raises Continues


The State Board of Education is advocating for the momentum on teacher pay increases to continue this session and input from the General Assembly is very encouraging.  House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Leader Phil Berger have pledged the state House and Senate will keep their commitment to passing a fifth consecutive teacher pay raise, while keeping taxes low on middle-class families and small businesses.

NC Budget

Teacher Pay Raises

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore released the following data points demonstrating the state legislature’s commitment to educators on national Teacher Appreciation Day:   

  • In 2018 a fifth consecutive pay raise will be provided to North Carolina teachers.
  • The average teacher pay raise from 2017-19 will be $4,412. 
  • The average teacher pay raise from 2014-2019 will be $8,600, a 19.1% increase.
  • North Carolina ranked #1 in the U.S. for fastest rising teacher pay in 2017 according to the National Education Association.
  • North Carolina ranked #2 in the U.S. for fastest rising teacher pay in 2018 according to the National Education Association.
  • A teacher with five years of experience would earn $9,200 more in 2018-19 than the same teacher in 2013-14, from $30,800 to $40,000, a 29.9% increase.
  • A teacher with twelve years of experience would earn $15,330 more in 2018-19 than that teacher did in 2013-14, from $31,670 to $47,000, a 48% increase.
  • A teacher with sixteen years of experience would earn $11,840 more in 2018-19 than the same teacher did in 2013-14, from $38,160 to $50,000, a 31% increase.
  • A teacher with twenty-five years of experience would earn $9,040 more in 2018-19 than they did in 2013-14, from $42,260 to $51,300, a 21.4% increase.  

Other bonus programs and compensation incentives for North Carolina teachers: 

  • Teacher Assistant Tuition Reimbursement
  • Initial Teacher Licensing Fee Reimbursement
  • Future Teachers of North Carolina
  • Supplements for Highly Qualified Graduates
  • Advanced Teaching Roles Pilot Program
  • New Teacher Support Program
  • Highly qualified Teacher Salary Supplements
  • 3rd Grade Reading Bonuses
  • AP/IB/CTE Bonuses
  • 4th-8th Reading/Math Bonuses
  • Veteran teacher bonuses
  • New Teaching Fellows Program

Principal of the Year Announced

Tabari Wallace, of Craven County, West Craven High School, was awarded the Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year today, in a celebration honoring regional Principals of the Year from around the state. The Principal of the Year will serve as an advisor to the State Board of Education and will receive several benefits from the sponsors including $3000 from Wells Fargo for personal use, $3000 from Wells Fargo to be used in HIS OR HER school, professional development resources from Education First, a signet ring from Jostens, two nights at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Chapel Hill, and resources to combat hunger from No Kids Hungry NC.

2018 POY

2018 Regional POY

Regional Principal of the Year finalists for 2018 were:  (starting 2nd from left to right)

  • Piedmont-Triad: Tracy Kimmer, Yadkin Early College (Yadkin County Schools);
  • Northeast: Michelle White, D.F. Walker Elementary (Edenton-Chowan Public Schools);
  • North Central: Jonathan Enns, Fuquay-Varina High (Wake County Public Schools);
  • Sandhills: Jim Butler, Richmond Senior High (Richmond County Schools);
  • Southeast: Tabari Wallace, West Craven High (Craven County Schools);
  • Southwest: Titus L. Hopper, Cleveland Early College High (Cleveland County Schools);
  • Northwest: Desarae Kirkpatrick, Nebo Elementary (McDowell County Schools) and
  • Western: Melissa Godfrey, Andrews Elementary (Cherokee County Schools).


Regional winners will each receive $1,000 for personal use and $1,000 for their schools.

2017-2018 TOY-POY

Celebrating and honoring our new Principal of the Year (starting from left to right)

  • Lisa Godwin - Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year Advisor 
  • Tabari Wallace - 2018 North Carolina Wells Fargo Principal of the Year
  • Jason Griffin - North Carolina Wells Fargo Principal of the Year Advisor


We would like to thank Jason Griffin, last year’s Principal of the Year for his outstanding service.  He has done an admirable job representing Principals from around the state and serving as an Advisor to the State Board of Education.

House Select Committee on School Safety

School Safety

The House Select Committee on School Safety met this Thursday, at which time the committee heard presentations from the subcommittee on physical health and the subcommittee on student safety. The subcommittees both presented their recommendations to the full committee which resulted in a number of recommendations. Some of these include increasing personnel who provide mental health support, requiring plans of action for emergency situations, expanding the roles of school resource officers, instituting peer to peer counseling programs in schools, and establishing an anonymous reporting system for students and others to share concerns about student safety. The full recommendations and findings can be found here

2018 Short Session Proposed Legislation


Between sessions various Committees as noted below proposed draft legislation for consideration.


Select Committee on School Safety


Here is the link to the Adopted Interim Report that summarizes the work of the committee along with proposed legislation and bill summaries on school safety matters:

  • Reciprocity/School Psychologist Licensure – pg 23
  • Threat Assessment Teams/Peer to Peer Counsels – pg 27
  • Anonymous Safety Tip Line Application – pg 33
  • Expand Use/School Risk Management Plans – pg 39
  • SROs defined/Training Standards – pg 47
  • Increase Funding for SRO Grant – pg 51
  • School Building Vulnerability Assessments – pg 55
  • SRO Rpt by LBEs to Center for Safer Schools – pg 59


Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee (JLEOC) 


Here is the link to the Final Report from the 2018 JLEOC that summarizes the work of the committee along with proposed legislation and bill summaries affecting K-12 Public Education:  

  • Extend Virtual Charter Schools – pg 30
  • Cross-Training DPI Licensure Section Staff – pg 35
  • Revise Cursive and Multiplication Report – pg 41


Joint Legislation Program Evaluation Oversight Committee (JLPEOC)

Below are the links to the proposed legislation and amendments for the areas affecting K-12 Public Education:


Transforming Principal Preparation Program

Principal Preparation Reporting Recommendations Bill Draft


School Nurses

School Nurses Bill Draft


Local Education Funding Dispute

Amendment to Local Education Funding Dispute Bill Draft

Local Education Funding Dispute Bill Draft



Amendment to Lottery Bill Draft

Lottery Bill Draft

DPI Logo

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

Legislative Calendar

Wednesday, May 16 
12:00 p.m.: Session Convenes (House and Senate)

North Carolina General Assembly 



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