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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.

July 3, 2019 

The Week In Review and Looking Forward into Next Week


Vetoed Budget Placed on House Calendar While Education Bills Continue to Move


Happy Independence Day! We appreciate those that sacrificed for our nation’s freedom and this week, we celebrate the opportunities that our nation’s freedom has allowed us. 


Following Governor Cooper’s Veto of HB 966 Budget Conference Report last week, education bills that have made crossover continue to move quickly as the Budget heads back to chamber floors for a potential veto override. Some of the high profile K-12 education bills that moved through committees this week include HB 107 PED Oversight/EPP Changes, HB 362 15-Point Scale For School Performance Grades, HB 668 Various Higher Education Changes, and HB 922 Enhance Insurance Coverage/Educ. Buildings. Each of these bills have been placed on the Senate Calendar for consideration next week.


A high profile bill that has had little movement in the past few months will be considered in House Committee on K-12 Education next week. SB 5 Building North Carolina’s Future would allow community colleges and local school administrative units access to funds for capital projects as well as increase the amount of tax revenue that is deposited into the General Fund. This bill  aims to reduce state debt by providing a pay-as-you-go system and will be heard in the House: Education - K-12 committee on Tuesday, July 9 at 1:00 pm.


Several K-12 education bills are scheduled to be heard next week in the House Education and Rules committees. In addition, HB 966 2019 Appropriations Act is currently placed on the House calendar for July 8, 2019, most likely for the House to attempt to override the Governor’s veto.  The education-related legislative calendar for next week can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.  Additionally, the State Board of Education will hold their July monthly meeting on Thursday, July 11th at 9:00 am via conference call. The agenda can be found here.


Important Budget Resources


  • K-12 Education Budget Overview here.
  • Governor's Veto Statement here.
  • HB 966: Ratified Conference Report here.
  • Updated "Money" Report (Conference Report) here.
  • Conference Committee Members here.
  • DPI Financial & Business Services: Budget Comparison here
  • DPI Financial & Business Services: Summary of Budget here.
  • HB 966: 2019 Appropriations Act (Senate v6) here
  • "Money" Report - 3rd Edition (Senate) here.
  • Senate Appropriations/Base Budget Amendments here.
  • HB 966: 2019 Appropriations Act (House v4) here
  • Committee "Money" Report - 2nd Edition (House) here.
  • Education Items in the Governor's budget 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.
  • Public School Capital Outlays Chart here.
  • North Carolina School Finances website here.

K-12 Education Bills That Are Now Session Law


Court of Law


  1. SL 2019-51: (HB 57) Create Term for Public Schs. & Codify NCVPS  BILL SUMMARY
  2. SL 2019-11: (HB 263) Fill Vacancies/Modify 2018 Appointments
  3. SL 2019-22: (HB 646) ID Approval/Flex Muni One-Stop  BILL SUMMARY
  4. SL 2019-55: (HB 664) myFutureNC/Postsecondary Attainment Goal  BILL SUMMARY
  5. SL 2019-38: (SB 448) Amend Appt For Compact on Education/Military  BILL SUMMARY
  6. SL 2019-60: (SB 227) TP3/Principal Fellows Consolidation BILL SUMMARY 
  7. SL 2019-63: (SB 674) Surry Co./Mt. Airy/Elkin City/Bd. Ed Partisan  BILL SUMMARY


  • Complete List of Bills that are Session Law here.

Relevant Bills with Action



Bills Passed in Both Chambers

Presented to the Governor


  1. HB 656: Medicaid Changes for Transformation  BILL SUMMARY
  2. HB 886: Study Participation of Operators in NC Pre-K  BILL SUMMARY
  3. HB 924: Teacher Contract Changes  BILL SUMMARY
  4. SB 88: Electrician Requirements for Certain Orgs BILL SUMMARY
  5. SB 219: Modify Teacher Licensing Requirements  BILL SUMMARY 
  6. SB 399: Rehire High-Need Teachers  BILL SUMMARY
  7. SB 500: Modify Advanced Math Course EnrollmenBILL SUMMARY
  8. SB 556: GSC People First Language 2019  GENERAL COMMENTS


  • Complete List of Bills Pending the Governor's Signature here.

High Profile K-12 Education Bills

Heard in Committee This Week


HB 668: Various Higher Education Changes


HB 668 would make the following changes:  

  • Would allow high school graduation in North Carolina to be evidence for students to rebut the presumption that the student’s residence is the same as the parents’ residence.
  • This evidence as a factor allows students to receive in-state tuition both at UNC constituent institutions, community colleges, and to qualify for need-based state grants. 


HB 922: Enhance Insurance Coverage/Educ. Buildings


The Senate Education/Higher Education Committee proposed and passed this Committee Substitute to a former Vacation Rental Act bill.  The amended version of HB 922 would:

  • Authorize a Type I transfer and consolidation of the School Insurance Fund Section of the Department of Public Instruction that currently oversees the management and operation of a system of insurance for public education property to the Department of Insurance (DOI).
  • Transfer the Public School Insurance Fund to the DOI.
  • Require all local education agencies (LEAs), regional schools, and community colleges to purchase flood insurance for all education property.


Bills that Moved This Week 


  • Passed the House - Sent to the Senate

    •  None
  • Passed the Senate - Sent to the House 

    • HB 411: Modify School Qual./Student Success Indicator (Placed on House Calendar July 9)  BILL SUMMARY 
  • Conference Committee

  • Passed in a Committee - Referred to another Committee

    • HB 107: PED Oversight/EPP Changes (Passed Senate Rules – placed on Senate calendar 07/08/2019)  BILL SUMMARY
    • HB 362: 15-Point Scale For School Performance Grades (Passed Senate Rules- placed on Senate calendar 07/08/2019)  BILL SUMMARY
    • HB 668: Various Higher Education Changes (Passed Senate Rules – Placed on Senate Calendar 07/08/2019) BILL SUMMARY
    • HB 735: Adopt Rules Incorporating 2017 Food Code (Passed Senate Rules – placed on Senate calendar 07/08/2019)  BILL SUMMARY
    • HB 777: Various Retirement Chngs/Wastewater Reform (Passed Senate Rules,  Amended and Passed Second Reading in Senate – placed on Senate Calendar 8/08/2019)  BILL SUMMARY
    • HB 922: Enhance Insurance Coverage/Educ. Buildings (Passed Senate Rules – placed on Senate Calendar 07/08/2019) BILL SUMMARY
    • SB 621: Testing Reduction Act of 2019 (Referred to House Rules)  BILL SUMMARY


  • For complete bill history and summaries, click on the bill link.

Education Bills with Movement



  • For complete bill history and summaries, click on the bill link.

DPI Logo
  • 2019 Long Session LINK for bills impacting K-12 education.
  • LINK to K-12 Public Education Bills that made Crossover.
  • NCGA Crossover List - LINK.

Next Week's Education-Related Legislative Calendar


July 8 - 12:  Legislative Meeting Calendar


Monday, July 8, 2019

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

                   SB 343: Various Education Law Changes.

                   SB 354: Sam's Law.

                   SB 391: Expand Youth Internship Opportunities.

                   SB 621: Testing Reduction Act of 2019.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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

                   SB 438: Excellent Public Schools Act of 2019 

                   SB 522: Various Changes to Charter School Laws

                   SB 5: Building North Carolina's Future



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


HB/SB = House Bill/Senate Bill

JR = Joint Resolution

SL = Session Law

GS = General Statute 

PCS = Proposed Committee Substitute 


  • Cecilia Holden  – Director of Government and Community Relations |  919-807-3406
  • Anne Murtha  –  Legislative Specialist  |  919-807-3403


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