K-12 Education Legislative Update - Sunday, September 22, 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. 

September 22, 2019

The Week In Review and Looking Forward into Next Week


Safety Mini-Budget Bill Now Session Law 2019-222 


The General Assembly has been busy this week, with a continued focus on completing their work around redistricting.  Little attention was centered around K-12 education with the exception of the mini-budget focused on school safety funding HB 75 School Safety Funds, Programs, and Reports. While there has been no movement on HB 966 2019 Appropriations Act - the larger budget bill, this school safety mini-budget passed the Senate and was signed by the Governor on Wednesday. No conference reports were unveiled this week by the conference committee for SB 522 Low-Perf. Schools /Stand. Student Conduct (Innovative School District modifications) nor the conference committee for SB 199 Child Sex Abuse/Strengthen Laws


The State Board of Education held a called meeting on Thursday, September 19th at 11 AM to vote on the emergency rules for Accountability Measures and Sanctions for Educator Preparation Programs, as required by HB 107 / Session Law 2019-149 PED Oversight EPP Changes. The agenda and meeting materials can be found here.


Both the House and Senate have left town with no agenda items on either the Senate Session scheduled for Monday at 2 p.m. or the House Session scheduled for Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. next week. The legislative calendar can be found here.

Emergency Rules: HB 107 Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs)



The State Board held a called a meeting this Thursday, during which they considered and approved the emergency rules and policy revisions for SL 2019-149 (HB 107) PED Oversight/EPP Changes.  These rules specify the requirements for the accountability measures and sanctions for EPPs and the associated report due was approved with changes. 


  • LINK - SBE Called Meeting on September 19, 2019

Status of Mini Budgets





 LINK to History of Budget Resources


What Happens to Mini-Budgets if HB 966 Budget Bill Becomes Law?


STATE BUDGET ACT APPLICABILITY – The following language is included in all Mini-Budgets:

“If any provision of the following acts and G.S. 143C-5-4 are in conflict, the provisions of this act shall prevail. The appropriations and the authorizations to allocate and spend funds which are set out in this act shall remain in effect until the Current Operations Appropriations Act for the applicable fiscal year becomes law, at which time that act shall become effective and shall govern appropriations and expenditures. When the Current Operations Appropriations Act for that fiscal year becomes law, the Director of the Budget shall adjust allotments to give effect to that act from July 1 of the fiscal year.”


2019 New K-12 Education Laws

Court of Law


  • SL 2019-222: (HB 75School Safety Funds, Programs, and Reports - An act to appropriate funds for school safety, require an annual report on school resource officers, establish certain school safety grants programs, require the development of a recommended school mental health crisis response program, require annual reports on school mental health support personnel. BILL SUMMARY


  • 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


Education Bills Vetoed by the Governor This Session

  • HB 966: 2019 Appropriations Act  VETO Message | House veto override on 9/11/2019
    • 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  

    • None
  • Passed the Senate - Sent to the House 

    • None

  • Conference Committee 

    • Bills in Conference Committee: LINK
  • Bills that are filed, referred to a committee or calendared for the House or Senate Floor 

    • None 
  • Presented to the Governor


  • 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 23 - September 27: Legislative Meeting Calendar


Monday, September 23, 2019

  2:00 p.m.: Senate: Session Convenes - No Vote Session                                   Senate | Audio


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

  9:30 a.m.: House: Session Convenes - No Vote Session                                     House | 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


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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