Weekly Legislative Update - Sunday, September 30, 2018

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K12 Education Legislation Update

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

September 30, 2018       

2018 Third Extra Session - Hurricane Florence Recovery

Hurricane Florence 2018

Legislators to Convene this week: Hurricane Florence Recovery


The State Board of Education (SBE) members and staff express our heartfelt sympathy for the impact Hurricane Florence has had on so many of you personally, as well as the loss to our students, schools, employees, families and friends. We extend a special thanks to everyone who has worked around the clock to assess and manage school damages, while also working to ensure the needs of your students, employees, community members and families are being met.


SBE members have joined a bipartisan group of current and former North Carolina education leaders to launch FAST NC – Florence Aid to Students and Teachers of North Carolina.  This fundraising initiative is focused on helping the state’s public schools, as students and educators struggle to return to normal following the impacts of Hurricane Florence.  Donations are beginning to come in and partnerships are being fostered.  FAST NC will take donations through the existing NC Education Fund overseen by the State Board of Education  . Click here to donate or to learn more about how to request funding.  Please help us spread the word through all of your social media outlets and contacts.


With 28 of our 100 counties now declared a federal disaster area, the Governor and General Assembly are laser-focused on providing solutions around the recovery of so much of our great state.  The Governor issued a Proclamation to convene a special session on Tuesday, October 2 to address Hurricane Florence recovery issues.  Law makers will come together to address the emergency items on Tuesday but will continue gathering data to determine longer-term needs and solutions.


Senate Education Committee co-chairman Michael Lee (New Hanover), House Education K-12 Committee co-chairman Craig Horn (Union) held a press conference Monday to announce plans to introduce legislation at the upcoming special session to provide relief to school systems and teachers affected by Hurricane Florence.  Lee and Horn are working together on legislation that would alleviate some of the concerns expressed by teachers and employees at school systems that are expected to be out for an extended period of time in the wake of Hurricane Florence. There was some worry among teachers and school employees that they would have to use vacation or personal days for the period of time that schools were closed. Legislators are looking at a number of possibilities on how to address this, including waiving some or all of the days missed due to the storm.

State Board of Education Meeting: October 3-4


October State Board of Education meeting

The State Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting October 3 - 4, 2018. At the top of the agenda is the update on Hurricane Florence's Impact on NC Public Schools. Dr. Lynn Harvey, Section Chief, Child Nutrition will cover nutritional services; Ms. Eileen Townsend, Chief of Insurance will review insurance claims and Mr. Kevin Harrison, Section Chief, NCDPI Transportation Services will update the board regarding bus and other modes of school transportation. 


Florence Aid to Students and Teachers of North Carolina – FAST NC will also be discussed.  This effort is to help our state’s public schools following Hurricane Florence. The steering committee for FAST NC is:

  • June Atkinson, former State Superintendent
  • Eric Davis, State Board of Education Chairman
  • Henry Johnson, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education and former Mississippi State Superintendent
  • Mark Johnson, State Superintendent
  • Phil Kirk, former State Board of Education Chairman
  • Mike Ward, former State Superintendent

The Board also plans to swear in new members to fill the seats of Bill Cobey, Rebecca Taylor and Greg Alcorn covered previously in this update.


See complete agendas: October 3, 2018 and October 4, 2018.  


House Select Committee on School Safety


House Select Committee on School Safety met Friday, September 28, 2018, at the LeGrand Center in Shelby, NC. Committee chairman, Rep. John Torbett (Gaston) welcomed the group and gave opening remarks and the Committee received presentations from the following:


  • Superintendent  Mark Johnson/Erika Berry 
  • Kym Martin, Center for Safer Schools, DPI 
  • Dr. Stephen Fisher, Cleveland County School Superintendent
  • Sandy Hamrick, Student Services Coordinator of Cleveland County 
  • Rodney Boarders, Executive Director Administrative Services (SROs in Cleveland County) 
  • Law enforcement perspective - Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby Police Chief, Jeff Ledford; Boiling Springs Police Chief Nathan Phillips; Kings Mountain Police Chief Jerry Tessneer
  • Paul J. Norcross, Phoenix Academy Foundation, Active Shooter Detection System Presentation   
  • Speaker of the House Representative Tim Moore

View on SpeakerMoore.com


North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program

NC Teaching Fellows 2018

Want to Change the World?  

The 2018-2019 Teaching Fellows application opens in October


The North Carolina Teaching Fellows program application for the 2018-2019 academic year will be opening in October. The program is a "merit-based, competitive, forgivable loans for service scholarship program for highly-qualified students committed to teaching in a STEM or special education licensure area in NC public schools, traditional school, or charter school."


To learn if you are eligible and to apply for this incredilbe opportunity to Change the World, visit www.ncteachingfellows.com 


Applications are available beginning October 2018 

Click here to view the application. 

Deadline:  January 7, 2019  


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2018 Short Session link for bills impacting K-12 education. 

2017 Long Session link for a complete list of bills impacting K-12 education including budget items.

Legislative Calendar

Friday, September 28, 2018 

 1:00 p.m.: Select Committee on School Safety -- UPDATED (House)                       Shelby, NC



Tuesday, October 2, 2018 

10:00 a.m.:  2018 Third Extra Session Convenes (House)                                          House | Audio

10:00 a.m.:  2018 Third Extra Session Convenes (Senate)                                         Senate | Audio

11:00 a.m.:  Appropriations (Joint) (House)                                                                  643 LOB

11:00 a.m.:  Appropriations/Base Budget (Joint) (Senate)                                           643 LOB



Wednesday, October 3, 2018 

  9:00 a.m.:  Leg. Commission on the Fair Treatment of College Student-Athletes      643 LOB 

10:00 a.m.:  Strategic Transportation Planning and Long Term Funding Solutions      544 LOB



Thursday, October 4, 2018 

10:00 a.m.:  Jt Leg Commission Gov. Operations, Subcmte Atlantic Coast Pipeline   643 LOB 

10:00 a.m.:  Social Services Reg. Supervision and Collaboration Working Group      Rm 2401 UNC SOG 

North Carolina General Assembly 



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

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