K-12 Education Legislative Update - Friday, April 12, 2019

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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.

April 12, 2019

The Week In Review and Looking Forward into Next Week


Full Schedule Ahead of Next Week's Break


Budget discussions continued behind closed doors this week, in preparation for the release of the House budget bill in the coming weeks and for the Senate version of the budget which is anticipated to follow shortly thereafter. Nine education bills made crossover this week, for a total of 29 K-12 education bills this session - one now session law.  In preparation for next week's Easter break, the House announced during session this week that they plan to have votes during session on Monday and Tuesday, with no votes being taken on Wednesday or Thursday.   


Mariah Morris was announced today as the 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year.  Morris will serve as a Teacher Advisor to the State Board of Education during her term as TOY, as well as the following year.


Next week, the Senate Committee Appropriations/Base Budget will hold their first meeting on Tuesday, April 16 at 8:30 a.m. in room 643 LOB.  Audio is available via this link.  Also next week, three students from the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton will serve as Senate Pages.  The students were appointed by Senator Daniel (R-Burke) to participate and learn first-hand about the legislative process. Click on the links below to learn more about the incredible opportunity for high school students to experience state government.


Budget Process

This week, the Chairs of various House committees have been meeting and are directing internal budget discussions. Next week, the Senate Committee for Appropriations/Base Budget will hold their first meeting for the session.  The House's budget bill has been predicted to be unveiled in late April or early May, where it will then be voted on by House subcommittees before being voted on by the House and passed along to the Senate. 



Important Budget Resources:

  • Education Items in the Governor's budget here
  • Public School Capital Outlays Chart here.
  • Highlights of the NC Public School Budget 2019 here.
  • NC State Board of Education Budget Response here.
  • NC Department of Public Instruction #NC2030 vision here.

Relevant Bills with Action



K-12 Public Education Bills that have become Session Law

  • No K-12 Public Education Bills became Session Law this week.


LINK to all bills that are now Session Law.


Education Bills

SB 343: Changes to Education Reports 


This week, the Senate unanimously passed SB 343: Changes to Education Reports. This bill would require school districts to file an annual report to the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the SBE on the start and end dates of their respective instructional calendars. 

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Education Bill Crossover

To date this session, 29 education bills have passed from one chamber to the other, with 1 bill becoming session law thus far.  Crossover is the long session date by which legislation without a financial component must pass from the originating chamber into the other chamber, in order for that legislation to be considered during the short session. 


The bills that made crossover this week are listed below:

  1. HB 21: Revise McDowell County Bd of Educ. Districts *Local Bill
  2. HB 90: DPI/EC Div. Feedback/DIT Study/PED report
  3. HB 276: Modify Low-Performing School Definition 
  4. HB 340: Amend Appt For Compact On Education/Military
  5. HB 411: Modify School Qual./Student Success Indicator
  6. HB 517: Stokes Co. Bd. Ed./Requested Election Changes *Local Bill
  7. SB 227: Broaden Charter School Sibling Priority
  8. SB 301: Regional School Transportation 
  9. SB 343: Changes to Education Reports


The 2019 Crossover Deadline is Thursday, May 9.

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


House Bills (Excluding School Calendar Flexibility Bills)  

  1. HB 21: Revise McDowell County Bd of Educ. Districts

  2. HB 89: SEA-Tech CIHS/Funds
  3. HB 90: DPI/EC Div. Feedback/DIT Study/PED report
  4. HB 96: Revise Geo. Isolated Schs. Formula/Currituck
  5. HB 110: Protect Religious Meeting Places
  6. HB 151: Katelyn's Law
  7. HB 199: Permanent Charter School Transportation Grant
  8. HB 276: Modify Low-Performing School Definition
  9. HB 340: Amend Appt For Compact on Education/Military

  10. HB 411: Modify School Qual./Student Success Indicator
  11. HB 517: Stokes Co. Bd. Ed./Requested Election Changes
  12. HB 552: After-School Robotics Grants/Athletics
  13. HB 571: Changes to Advanced Teaching Roles Program


Senate Bills (Excluding School Calendar Flexibility Bills)

  1. SB 189: CTE Pilot for Guilford Co. Schools
  2. SB 199: Child Sex Abuse/Strengthen Laws
  3. SB 219: Modify Teacher Licensing Requirements
  4. SB 374: Repeal Risky Retirement Payments
  5. SB 391: Expand Youth Internship Opportunities
  6. SB 392: Supert. May Approve Charter Facility Bonds
  7. SB 408: Pensions Benefits Revision
  8. SB 476: Reaffirm Local Control of Discipline


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

Bills Filed/Assigned to Committees This Week: 


House Bills (Excluding School Calendar Flexibility Bills)

  1. HB 639: Clarify Roles DPI/SBE Staff
  2. HB 642: Additional Funds/UNC Lab Schools
  3. HB 653: School Transp. Personnel Salary Changes
  4. HB 667: Local Option Sales Tax Flexibility
  5. HB 669 (Companion Bill is  SB 130): State Employees/Paid Parental Leave
  6. HB 670: Funds for Carolina Ballet
  7. HB 677: Study School Bus Driver Training Needs
  8. HB 711Excellent Educational Standards
  9. HB 714Competency-Based Assessments
  10. HB 719Expanded Food/Nutrition Education Programs
  11. HB 723Math or Science Credit for Computer Science
  12. HB 734NC Collaborative School Improvement Pilot


Senate Bills (Excluding School Calendar Flexibility Bills)

  • The Senate ended their bill filing for the 2019 Long Session on Wednesday, April 3, 2019
  • Total Senate bills filed - 672 
  • Total Senate bills affecting K-12 public education - 127

2019 TOY Morris

NC Teacher of the Year Announced

We are proud to announce that the 2019 NC Teacher of the Year is Mariah Morris.  Morris teaches second-grade at West Pine Elementary School in Pinehurst in the Moore County School System.  Mrs. Morris succeeds the 2018 Teacher of the Year, Freebird McKinney, a history and philosophy teacher at Walter Williams High in the Alamance-Burlington School System.  Congratulations to Mrs. Morris and a special thank you to Freebird McKinney and to Lisa Godwin, 2017 TOY.  Freebird will remain as a Teacher Advisor to the SBE for the next year; however, Lisa will roll out of the SBE Teacher Advisory role this summer after serving her two years in this capacity.

Morris was announced as the 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year at an awards ceremony in Cary. Since 2013, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction has been proud to partner with the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to honor North Carolina teachers. The state has recognized outstanding teachers through its Teacher of the Year program since 1970. 


Mrs. Morris will spend the next school year traveling the state as an ambassador for the teaching profession supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Voya Financial and DPI and will also serve as a Teacher Advisor to the NC State Board of Education.  The honoree will receive the use of a new vehicle leased from Flow Automotive, LLC during her period of service, the opportunity to attend a seminar at the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), a mobile device from Lenovo valued at approximately $1,600, an engraved vase, a one-time cash award of $7,500, a trip to the National Teacher of the Year Conference and International Space Camp, a prize pack and opportunity to be honored during a football game from NC State Athletics, support from No Kid Hungry NC, and the opportunity to travel abroad through an endowment sponsored by Go Global NC.


2019 Finalists for the award are:

  • Northeast:  Damon Walcott, Washington High (Beaufort County Schools);
  • Southeast: Christy Howe, Bradley Creek Elementary (New Hanover County Schools);
  • North Central: C.R. “Katie” Eddings, Lee County High (Lee County Schools);
  • Sandhills: Mariah Morris, West Pine Elementary (Moore County Schools);
  • Piedmont-Triad: Shiela Patterson, South Stokes High (Stokes County Schools);
  • Southwest: Kate Culbreth, Wolf Meadow Elementary (Cabarrus County Schools);
  • Northwest: Laura Brooks, Wilkes Central High (Wilkes County Schools);
  • Western: Caesar Campana IV, Hayesville High (Clay County Schools); and
  • Charter Schools: Douglas Price, Voyager Academy, (Durham)


Fort Bragg Teacher Named Mid-Atlantic District Teacher of the Year

Kari Dahl has been named the Mid-Atlantic District Teacher of the Year by the Department of Defense Education Activity Americas Mid-Atlantic District. Dahl is a elementary teacher at Fort Bragg. Dahl teaches at Poole Elementary School and has been teaching for more than 15 years. Dahl said she considers it an honor to represent the Mid-Atlantic District, which includes schools at Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, West Point, Dahlgren, Virginia; Quantico, Virginia; and in Cuba and Puerto Rico. Dahl was first recruited to North Carolina in 2004 and began teaching middle school and language arts in Cumberland and Wake County schools.

Next Week's Education-Related Legislative Calendar


Monday, April 15, 2019 

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

    3:30 p.m.: House: Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House   1228/1327 LB | Audio

    6:00 p.m.: Session Convenes (House)                                                         House | Audio


Tuesday, April 16, 2019 

    8:30 a.m.: Senate: Appropriations/Base Budget                                       643 LOB | Audio

    9:00 a.m.: Senate: Rules and Operations of the Senate                  1027/1128 LB | Audio

 10:00 a.m.: Senate: Judiciary                                                             1124/1224 LB | Audio  

 10:00 a.m.: House: Transportation                                                             544 LOB | Audio 

 10:00 a.m. House: Health                                                                           643 LOB | Audio

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

    2:00 p.m.: House: Pensions and Retirement                                                       425 LOB


Wednesday, April 17, 2019 

  11:00 a.m.: Senate: Education/Higher Education                               1027/1128 LB | Audio

    1:00 p.m.: Senate: Finance                                                                        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 

FY = Fiscal Year


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