K-12 Education Legislative Update - Friday, October 11, 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. 

October 11, 2019

The Week In Review and Looking Forward into Next Week


Mini-Budgets Continue


This week, legislators passed three additional "mini-budgets" and introduced two new ones, while the larger budget bill remains at an impasse.  General Assembly leadership told reporters earlier in the week that work continues behind the scenes to pull out education funding provisions from the vetoed state budget bill. It was further noted that measures for K-12, community colleges and UNC System funding will be up next.  Following that announcement, Community College funding provisions from the vetoed budget were rolled out in the House Appropriations Committee in a proposed committee substitute to Senate Bill 61. This passed the House and has moved to the Senate for their consideration. 


Of the previously introduced mini-budgets that have some impact on K-12 education, House Bill 387 Growing G.R.E.A.T. and House Bill 1001 Raise the Age Funding, were both ratified and sent to the Governor for his consideration. HB 387 bill would provide funding to help expedite the deployment of broadband in the rural areas of the state. HB 1001 would provide funding for four school counselor positions to the Department of Public Safety to provide reentry and placement services, career planning, vocational training, and other services for juveniles who are preparing to exit secure custody.


It has been reported that both chambers in the General Assembly are taking next week off in order to allow leadership to get an idea of what needs to happen before they adjourn. While the Senate announced October 31st or sooner as their adjournment date, the House has yet to confirm a potential date. The House has stated they will not have votes again until Oct. 21. The legislative calendar can be found here


Mini Budgets



Mini Budgets Presented to the Governor this week:


History of Mini Budgets:



 LINK to History of Budget Resources

Webinar - Social Studies Standards Revision

October 15 from 10-11 a.m.


House Bill 924 became Session Law 2019-82 on July 8, 2019.  Among other things, language included in this bill requires public school students entering ninth grade in 2020-2021 to complete an economics and personal finance course as a requirement for high school graduation.  Furthermore, the bill provides clarifying language around requirements for high school civic literacy. 


The NC Department of Public Instruction Social Studies team is hosting a webinar concerning policy implications for the Social Studies Standards Revision process.  This will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to offer feedback on policy implications.  The webinar will be held on October 15, 2019 from 10-11 am and will be recorded for anyone who cannot attend.  The NCDPI K-12 Social Studies team is deeply committed to ensuring the revision process includes the consideration of all concerns posed by educators in the schools and local districts.

Register Here

NC Youth Legislative Assembly Accepting Applications 


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The North Carolina Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA) is a state program that has been in existence for over 49 years. This program continues to shape young leaders and provide them with a hands-on approach to government. The YLA program replicates a legislative atmosphere of geographic diversity similar to our legislature. In doing so, the YLA program builds, encourages, and strengthens character traits that equip students to take leadership roles in civic activities in their communities.


In April 2020, approximately 200 North Carolina high school students will convene at the NC General Assembly for YLA. If you know a high school student with an interest in government, please share this information with them. Applications for the Youth Legislative Assembly are now online and can be found at https://www.ncleg.gov/YLA.


If you have questions regarding the YLA program, please contact Erica Gallion, YLA Program Coordinator, at erica.gallion@ncleg.net or (919) 301-1372. 

Governor's Educator Discovery Award

Applications are due November 1st!


Professional Development

The NC Educator Discovery Award provides a stipend of up to $1,000 for preK-12 traditional public and public charter school teachers to pursue a professional development experience of their choosing. 


Eligibility: To be eligible for the Governor’s Educator Discovery Awards, North Carolina public and public charter school teachers must submit a proposal that includes details about their teaching  experience and the professional development activity they wish to pursue. Applicants also need to describe how their participation in the  professional development experience will enhance their efforts to create a work-based learning activity for their students. Click here to apply.


Upcoming Application Deadlines: November 1, 2019


Evaluation of Applications: Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of business leaders  and educators. Awardees will be notified of their selection via email at  the address provided in their application. 

  • Frequently Asked Questions - HERE
  • Sample Application Videos - HERE
  • Questions? Contact LaTanya Pattillo, Gov. Cooper's Teacher Advisor, at latanya.pattillo@nc.gov


“Teachers are the most important factor in improving student success in our public schools. We want to give them more ways to get the training and professional development they need to connect their classroom to future career opportunities for their students.”

- Governor Roy Cooper


Please forward this email to other educators!



The Governor's Educator Discovery Award is made possible by the members of the North Carolina Business Committee for Education. 

NC Teaching Fellows



Forgivable loans of up to $4,125 per semester for students interested in teaching in a STEM or Special
Education area in NC public school.




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Application and Selection Process

  • All applications must be submitted online by 11:59PM (EST) on Monday, January 13, 2020.  Applications that are incomplete, including those that do not include all necessary documentation, will not be considered.
  • All applications will undergo an initial screening to verify eligibility. Applicants will be notified by email if their application is deemed ineligible.
  • Eligible applications will move forward for evaluation by the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission, who will select the applicants that will be invited for a finalist interview. Invitations to finalist interviews will be sent by the end of February.
  • Following the interviews, the NC Teaching Fellows Commission will conduct a final review to select those finalists who will be offered a Teaching Fellows award. All those offered an award will be notified by email by April 1, 2020.
  • Awardees must accept or decline their award by 11:59PM (EST) on May 1, 2020.


All applicants are strongly encouraged to review our Frequently Asked Questions page prior to submitting an application.  Please also review the Application and Selection Preparation Guide




For any questions about the program, application, or selection process, please contact us at ncteachingfellows@northcarolina.edu.

2019 New K-12 Education Laws

Court of Law


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



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

Relevant Bills with Action


SB 312: Relief to Ocracoke School/Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Florence 2018

SB 312 Relief to Ocracoke School/Hurricane Dorian – An act to provide relief to the Ocracoke School to accommodate extraordinary circumstances due to Hurricane Dorian.  The bill passed the House this week and has been sent to the Senate for their consideration. 

This bill provides calendar flexibility to the governing body of a local school administrative unit that closed any school under its control for more than 18 days due to unusual and extraordinary inclement weather conditions related to Hurricane Dorian. SB 312 also states that impacted employees shall be compensated in the same manner as they would have been had they worked on the scheduled instructional days missed.

K-12 Education Bills - Last Movement This Week


  • Passed the House - Sent to the Senate  

    • SB 312: Relief to Ocracoke School/Hurricane Dorian (Amended in House Rules (PCS) - Passed the House - Sent to the Senate for concurrence on 10/10/2019) BILL SUMMARY

  • Passed the Senate - Sent to the House 

    • None

  • Conference Committee 

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

    • SB 690: Modifications to 2019 Appointments Bill (Senate failed to concur in House changes on 10/8/2019
  • Presented to the Governor


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

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  • 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


October 14 - 18: Legislative Meeting Calendar


Monday, October 14 2019 - Columbus Day 

10:00 a.m.: House: Session Convenes - No Vote Session All Week                  House | Audio

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