K-12 Education Legislative Update - Saturday, August 31, 2019

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K12 Education Legislation Update

State Board of Education Vision: Every public school student in North Carolina will be empowered to accept academic challenges, prepared to pursue their chosen path after graduating high school, and encouraged to become lifelong learners with the capacity to engage in a globally-collaborative society
State Board of Education Mission: The mission of the North Carolina State Board of Education is to use its constitutional authority to guard and maintain the right of a sound, basic education for every child in North Carolina Public Schools. 

August 31, 2019

The Week In Review and Looking Forward into Next Week


"Mini Budgets" Moving through the Legislature


In light of the on-going budget stalemate, work at the General Assembly this week has been centered around moving mini-budget bills through the legislative process.  Although none of the bills include teacher raises, two of the budget bills impacted K-12 education.  HB 426: Educators' Pay Increases/Retiree Supplements was released by the House Appropriations Committee and while it passed a 2nd reading in the House, it was re-referred to the House Appropriations Committee without a 3rd reading being taken.  Unlike other mini-budget bills, this one can be amended; therefore, it is likely that the House is taking steps to ensure the items in this education mini-budget make it through the full GA process.  H226: Pay Increases/State Employees addresses DPI increases and mirrors what was included in the conference budget with the exception of DPI employees paid based on the teacher salary schedule.  Any teacher increases and increases for DPI employees paid based on the teacher salary schedule are pending either the veto of HB 966: 2019 Appropriations Act being overridden or a separately enacted piece of legislation. 


Other high profile K-12 education bills moved this week as well.  SB 522: Low-Perf. Schools/Stand. Student Conduct, a bill modifying the Innovative School District legislation, has been assigned to a conference committee.  See below for additional details. SB 621 Testing Reduction Act of 2019 was presented to the Governor on 8/28/2019.  For an overview of this bill, refer to last week’s Legislative Update.


No committees or Session are scheduled for next week in the General Assembly.  Following Labor Day, the House and Senate members will take a weeklong break to return on Tuesday, September 10th.  


The State Board of Education September meeting will be held next Wednesday and Thursday.  A link to the agenda and meeting materials can be found at these links: September 4, 2019; September 5, 2019

Important Budget Resources



2019 New K-12 Education Laws

Court of Law


SL 2019-201: (SB 230) NC Military and Veteran Act of 2019: Directs the State Board Of Education to adopt rules providing for excused from school for children of members of the Armed Forces of the United States. Signed by the Governor 8/23/2019

  • List of New K-12 Education Laws and Chaptered Resolutions here.
  • Complete List of Bills that are Session Law here.


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

Relevant Bills with Action


SB 500: Modify Advanced Math Course Enrollment became Session Law 2019-120 on July 11, 2019.  This legislation further clarifies requirements as put forth in HB 986 in 2018.  A DPI webinar providing an overview and next steps of this legislation is available here.  When you click on the link below, you will be asked to enter your email address.  After doing so, you will be directed to the recording.

HB 226: Pay Increases/State Employees

  • Provides eligible state-funded employees a 2.5% increase beginning July 1, 2019. Intent is stated for employees to receive the same level of increase beginning July 1, 2020.
  • Part-time employees shall receive the increases authorized on a prorated and equitable basis.
  • Employees of local boards of education and the State Board of Education who are paid based on the Teacher Salary Schedule are not eligible to receive these increases.
  • Grants one-time an additional five days of annual leave credited on July 1, 2019 for eligible employees.

HB 426: Educators' Pay Increases/Retiree Supplements  

Pay Increase
  • Beginning July 1, 2019, state-funded noncertified public school employee salaries increase by 1% for 12-month employees or a prorated and equitable amount for other permanent employees and temporary hourly employees. Intent is stated for employees to receive the same level of increase beginning July 1, 2020.
  • Grants one-time an additional five days of annual leave credited on July 1, 2019 for eligible employees.
  • Requires DPI to study and report on Regional, LEA and school-level employment and salary data, as well as job description/duties information for school psychologist and school counselor positions. Specifies information to be included in the study and report. Report to be sent to local school administrative units no later than October 1, 2019 with responses due by December 31, 2019. The Department shall report to the GA no later than March 1, 2020.
  • Requires State agencies to report to the Office of State Budget Management on the use of lapsed salary.
  • Provides ½ of one percent (.50%) one-time cost of living supplements for retirees of the Teachers’ and State Employees Retirement System.


SB 522: Low-Perf. Schools/Stand. Student Conduct



SB 522: Low-Perf. Schools/Stand. Student Conduct has been assigned to a conference committee. Senate Conference Committee members have been appointed but the House appointments are pending. This bill would modify the existing ISD legislation and would put the “stop light approach” in place. It would require an additional school be added to the ISD for the 2020-2021 school year vs. current legislation requiring an additional 4 schools be added.

Education Bills Vetoed by the Governor This Session

  • HB 966: 2019 Appropriations Act  VETO Message
    • Base budget appropriations for current operations of state agencies, departments, and institutions. Governor Cooper’s veto message states his disappointment in the budget based on differing priorities between the Governor and General Assembly.
  • SB 392: Various Charter School Changes  BILL SUMMARY   VETO Message
    • Makes various changes to the laws affecting charter schools. Governor Cooper’s veto message states his concern about the lift on enrollment caps for virtual charter schools due to the low performance of schools in this pilot.
  • SB 438: Excellent Public Schools Act of 2019  VETO Message
    • An act to modify the implementation of the North Carolina Read to Achieve Program in order to attain statewide reading proficiency by the third grade.


Complete List of Bills Vetoed by the Governor here.

K-12 Education Bills - Last Movement This Week 

·       Passed the House - Sent to the Senate  

·       Passed the Senate - Sent to the House 

    •  The Senate cleared their calendar of K-12 Education bills.

·       Conference Committee

·       Bills that are filed, referred to a committee or calendared for the House or Senate Floor 

    • HB 74: Taxpayer Refund Act (Passed the Senate - Sent to the House - Referred to House Finance on 8/27/2019) 
    • HB 426: Educators' Pay Increases/Retiree Supplements (Passed the Senate - Sent to the House - Re-referred to House Appropriations on 8/28/2019)
    • SB 690: Modifications to 2019 Appointments Bill (Passed Senate - Sent to the House - Referred to House Rules on  8/27/2019)
    • HB 852: Historic School Preservation Act (Amended CS in House Finance - Referred to House Rules on 8/28/2019)
    • SB 438: Excellent Public Schools Act of 2019  VETO Message (Referred to Senate Rules 8/26/2019) 

·       Presented to the Governor

    • HB 226: Pay Increases/State Employees (Conference Report - Presented to Governor 8/28/2019)
    • HB 555: Medicaid Transformation Implementation (Presented to Governor 8/29/2019)
    • HB 777: Various Retirement Chngs/Wastewater Reform (Conference Report - Presented to Governor 8/28/2019)
    • SB 621: Testing Reduction Act of 2019 (Presented to Governor 8/28/2019)  BILL SUMMARY


  • 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


September 3 - September 6:  Legislative Meeting Calendar


Monday, September 2, 2019

  Labor Day Holiday


Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - Friday, September 6, 2019

  Labor Day Holiday - Session Break

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 


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


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