K-12 Education Legislative Update - Saturday, March 9

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.


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.

March 9, 2019

The Week In Review and Looking Forward into Next Week


Budget Priorities Unveiled


Each year, the Governor receives input from agencies across the state that is then considered for inclusion in the Governor’s budget proposed to the General Assembly.  The State Board of Education was requested to send forward a 2% expansion budget earlier this year, in which they highlighted a number of priority needs for K-12 education.  Their focus centered around resources needed for effective educators and school leadership, educational equity for all students, school support personnel, low-performing school support, data-driven decision making and aligned resources.


On Wednesday of this week, Governor Cooper revealed his 2019-2021 biennium budget priorities to the General Assembly.  The NC Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) staff will focus on the education section of the Governor's budget to the NCGA on Tuesday, March 12 at the House and Senate: Appropriations, Education (Joint) Committee.  Superintendent Johnson also announced his proposed budget recommendations this week.


Although many priorities can be highlighted, the key to a successful budget is finding the perfect balance between funding availability and competing needs across the state. The  Appropriations, Education (Joint) committee members have invited State Board Chair Eric Davis and Superintendent Johnson to present their responses to the Governor’s budget on Thursday of next week. In the coming weeks, the House will first file their version of the budget and the Senate’s budget will then follow.  From there, they will work to find a compromise budget that would then go to the Governor for his consideration.


While proposed budgets were the high profile topic this week, the State Board of Education also held their March meeting, during which they discussed and voted on a number of items.  One matter of particular interest involved the math test requirement for Elementary Education.  At the recommendation of the Professional Educator Preparation Standards Commission (PEPSC), the SBE approved adding the Praxis CKT (7803) and keeping the Pearson math test (203), both as options to fulfill the math subtest exam requirement for Elementary Education and EC-GC licenses.  For a copy of the full SBE meeting agenda and materials, click here.  Click here for a list of SBE March 2019 Actions.

governor budget

Budget - Education Highlights


On Thursday, March 7, NC Office of State Budget Management Director, Charles Perusse, outlined the Governor's proposed 2019-2021 budget to the Joint House and Senate Appropriations/Base Budget Committee.  

During his presentation, Perusse highlighted the Governor's plan on investing in statewide education.   

  • Recognizing Teachers and School-based Administrators
  • Make North Carolina a Top 10 Educated State by 2025
  • Raising Teacher Pay to Best in the Southeast  
  • Safer Schools, Healthier Students 
  • Recruiting and Keeping Good Teachers
  • Giving Students the Tools to Learn 
  • Opportunities for Our Brightest Students
  • Preparing North Carolinians for the Jobs of Today and Tomorrow
  • Expanding Finish Line Grants
  • Helping Students Complete Their Degrees on Time

North Carolina State Seal

March Board of Education Meeting


During this week's NC State Board of Education meeting, Cecilia Holden, Director of Government and Community Relations, presented her legislative update to the board.


The meeting agendas can be accessed at the links below. 

For a list of the K-12 public education districts, click here and for a list of State Board members for each district, click here.  

Relevant Bills with Action


Bills Heard in the Senate/House Chamber or in a Committee This Week:  

  1. HB 30: Official State Frozen Treat - Passed the House - Referred to Senate Rules 3/7/19
  2. HB 57: Create Term for Public Schs. & Codify NCVPS - Passed the House - Referred to Senate Rules 3/7/19
  3. HB 73: Civic Responsibility Education - Passed the House - Referred to Senate Rules 3/7/19
  4. HB 75: School Mental Health Screening Study - Passed the House - Referred to Senate Rules 3/7/19 
  5. HB 76: School Safety Omnibus - Passed the House, sent to the Senate 3/8/19


See the 2019 Long Session link for bills impacting K-12 education for a list of all the legislation impacting K-12 public education and where they are in the legislative process.

Bills Filed/Assigned to Committees This Week: March 4 - 7


House Bills (Excluding School Calendar Flexibility Bills)

  1. HB 263Fill Vacancies/Modify 2018 Appointments
  2. HB 266School Annual Report Card
  3. HB 275 (Companion is SB 189): CTE Pilot for Guilford Co. Schools
  4. HB 276: Modify Low-Performing School Definitions
  5. HB 288: First Aid and Safety Training in Schools
  6. HB 294Partisan Elections Act
  7. HB 295Prohibit Corporal Punishment in Public Schs.
  8. HB 298Restore Lottery Revenue Distrib. Structure
  9. HB 313Modify Weighting/School Performance Grades


Senate Bills  (Excluding School Calendar Flexibility Bills)

  1. SB 175Funds/Eliminate NC Pre-K Waitlist Statewide
  2. SB 176 (Companion is HB 249): School Annual Report Card
  3. SB 182: Innovation Early College HS/Funds
  4. SB 189 (Companion is HB 275): CTE Pilot for Guilford Co. Schools
  5. SB 192: School Security Act of 2019
  6. SB 195: A Time for Science Funds
  7. SB 203: Ethics Training for School Employees


Overview:  This week, lawmakers only filed 2 school calendar flexibility bills. However that brings the total number of SCF bills to 52 this session with two public bills (HB 179 and HB 117) to be heard next week in the House: Education - K-12 committee. The majority of North Carolina school districts support these bills returning school calendar control back to local school boards. 


Under current state law, North Carolina school districts are prohibited from starting the school year earlier than the Monday closest to August 26 and ending it later than the Friday closest to June 11.


School Calendar Flexibility bills filed this week:


HB 261: School Calendar Flex/Roanoke Rapids/Halifax

Sponsor: Wray

County: Halifax


HB 304: School Calendar Flex/Certain School Systems

Sponsors: BlackwellRogers

Counties: Burke, Rutherford


School Safety Bills

Three school safety bills, HB 73HB 75 and HB 76, passed the House this week, with two of the bills already assigned to the Senate Rules Committee.


HB 73: Civic Responsibility Education


HB 75: School Mental Health Screening Study


HB 76: School Safety Omnibus This bill would expand upon actions that are required to be taken when a student is determined to pose a high/eminent risk of violence or physical harm to others and an assessment requires that the student be referred for mental health service. An amendment to this bill now requires that on-scene training and racial equity education continue for school resource officers.


SB 192: School Security Act of 2019

arts in schools

March Proclaimed "Arts in Our Schools Month"


March has been designated “Dance in Our Schools Month,” “Music in our Schools Month,” “Theatre in Our Schools Month,” and “Youth Art Month."   


As Arts Education in North Carolina Schools includes these four categories (Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual) the NC State Board of Education and Superintendent jointly issued a statement proclaiming  March Arts in Our Schools Month and urging all citizens to celebrate and acknowledge art not just in March, but every day. The proclamation is linked HERE for you to share within your districts and on social media.  


*HB 56 Arts Education Requirement is scheduled to be heard in the House: Education - K-12 committee next Tuesday. This bill would require the SBE to require one arts credit as a mandatory requirement prior to high school graduation.

ice cream

On the Horizon: New State Treat and Televised House Sessions

We May Soon Have an Official State Treat

The House voted unanimously on Wednesday in favor of making ice cream the official state frozen treat (HB 30). The idea was proposed by a Gaston County fourth-grade class and has been spearheaded by House member John Torbett (R). According to statistics outlined in the bill, nine out of ten Americans eat ice cream. The bill will now be sent to the Senate for passage.


house tv

House Votes to Televise Sessions

The House overwhelmingly voted in favor of a measure that would provide for every House session to be televised live on the NCGA websiteHB 218 Broadcast NC House of Reps Sessions establishes a study committee to discuss creating a specific channel with UNC-TV. The bill sponsors believe it would cost around $300,000 to obtain the equipment necessary to broadcast daily sessions live as well as a potential UNC-TV channel. 

Bills to be Heard in Committee Next Week (Week of March 11): 


House: Rules on Monday, March 11 at 3:00 p.m. Room  1228/1327 LB | Audio

  • HB 241: Education Bond Act of 2019
  • HB 263: Fill Vacancies/Modify 2018 Appointments

House: Education - Universities on Tuesday, March 12 at 11:00 a.m. Room 421 LOB

  • HB 128: High Achieving Tuition Scholarships 

House: Education - K-12 on Tuesday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m. Room 425 LOB

  • HB 56: Arts Education Requirement

  • HB 79: Academic Alignment/Boards of Education & CC

  • HB 117: School Calendar Flexibility Pilot Program


The NCGA Calendar is at the bottom of the update. 

DPI Logo

2019 Long Session link for bills impacting K-12 education.

Legislative Calendar

Monday, March 11, 2019 

     1:00 p.m.: Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee                         544 LOB | Audio

     2:00 p.m.: Session Convenes (Senate)                                                                            Senate | Audio

     3:00 p.m.: House: Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House                        1228/1327 LB | Audio

                      H241: Education Bond Act of 2019

                      H263: Fill Vacancies/Modify 2018 Appointments

     7:00 p.m.: Session Convenes (House)                                                                              House | Audio


Tuesday, March 12, 2019 

     8:30 a.m.: House and Senate: Appropriations, Education (Joint)                                 423 LOB

                      NC Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) staff

                      - Present the Governor's Education Budget

     8:30 a.m.: House and Senate: Appropriations, Gen. Gov. & IT (Joint)                          425 LOB

   11:00 a.m.: House: Education - Universities                                                                    421 LOB

                      H128: High Achieving Tuition Scholarships 

     1:00 p.m.: House: Education - K-12                                                                               643 LOB | Audio

                      H56: Arts Education Requirement.

                      H79: Academic Alignment/Boards of Education & CC.

                      H117: School Calendar Flexibility Pilot Program.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019 

     8:30 a.m.: House and Senate: Appropriations, Education (Joint)                                 423 LOB

                      Agency responses to the Governor's Budget: NC Community College System,

                      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC Independent Colleges and Universities


Thursday, March 14, 2019 

     8:30 a.m.: House and Senate: Appropriations, Education (Joint)                                 423 LOB

                      Agency responses to the Governor's Budget: Department of Public Instruction (DPI)

                      and the State Board of Education (SBE)


Friday, March 15, 2019

    10:00 a.m.: North Carolina Child Well-Being Transformation Council                          544 LOB | Audio                     

North Carolina General Assembly 


Legislative Info and Acronyms 

This section includes details pertaining to acronyms and bill information referenced throughout the K-12 Education Legislative Update newsletters.


Biennium- A two-year term of legislative activity

Public Bill- Legislation enacted into law that applies to the public at large

Local Bill- Legislation put into law that has limited application (How many counties)- Local bills do not have to be signed by the governor

Sponsor- The legislator who presents a bill or resolution for consideration

Resolution- A document that expresses the sentiment or intent of the legislature or a chamber. Resolutions, when finalized, go to the Secretary of State

Glossary of Legislative Terms- LINK


DPI = NC Department of Public Instruction

LEA = Local Education Agency

NCGA North Carolina General Assembly

LB/LOB = Legislative Building/Legislative Office Building 

SBE = North Carolina State Board of Education


AB = Agency Bill

HB/SB = House Bill/Senate Bill

JR = Joint Resolution

SL = Session Law

GS = General Statute 

PCS = Proposed Committee Substitute 


To view previous 2019 Weekly Legislative Updates click here.

 The NC Department of Public instruction offers a number of topics for subscription.

  • To subscribe to the Weekly Legislative Update, click here.
  • To subscribe to other NC Department of Public Instruction topics, click here.