K-12 Education Legislative Update - Friday, November 8, 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. 

November 8, 2019

The Week In Review and Looking Forward into Next Week


Governor Signs and Vetoes Bills


The General Assembly did not hold session this week; however, the Governor has been actively reviewing and assessing the bills presented to him for consideration. The K-12 education bills that have been signed by the Governor this week include: HB 111 2019-2021 Base Budgets/Certain Agencies which provides base budget appropriations for all State agencies; HB 377 Teacher Step Act that ensures teachers, instructional support personnel, and assistant principals receive salary increases based on years of experience, and authorizes salary supplements for highly qualified NC teaching graduates; and SB 199 Child Sex Abuse/Strengthen Laws, a bill that will protect children from sexual abuse as well as strengthen and modernize sexual assault laws. Here is the list of bills that have been signed by the Governor this session.


While the Governor has signed several bills, he also vetoed bills this week, three of which relate to K-12 education: HB 231 UNC & Comm. Coll. Pay/Retiree BonusSB 354 Strengthening Educators’ Pay Act and HB 398 Info. Tech. Budget/2019-2021 Fiscal Biennium. The veto messages for each of these bills are linked below.


The Governor has taken no action on one remaining K-12 education bill: SB 522 Low-Performing Schools/Adv. Teaching Roles. See last week's K-12 Education Legislative Update for details about all these bills. Bills pending the Governor's signature are listed here.


While the General Assembly was taking a break, the State Board of Education held their Fall Planning and Work Session in Greensboro on the campus of A&T University.  The Board held an off-site event on High Point University’s campus as well, during which they awarded Rep. John Fraley, Rep. Pat Hurley and Senator Jerry Tillman with the Governor’s School Legislative Champion Award.  These legislators were recognized by the Governor’s School Foundation for their efforts centered around the Governor’s School this session.  Previous award recipients include Rep. Donny Lambeth and former Rep. Nelson Dollar.


The House and Senate will return next week on November 13, 2019. The Legislative Calendar can be found here


Reps Hurley and Fraley

Governor’s School Legislative Champion Award


Pictured: Rep. Pat Hurley (Randolph) and Rep. John Fraley (Iredell)

Not Pictured: Sen. Jerry Tillman (Guilford, Randolph)

November State Board of Education Fall Planning and Work Session Meeting 


NC State Board of Education Seal

The North Carolina State Board of Education held their Fall Planning and Work Session meeting at NC A&T University Student Center. New board members, Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers representing the Western Education Region and J. Wendell Hall, Member at Large were sworn in on Thursday. The board honed and adopted a new 2025 Statewide Strategic Plan centered around principles of equity and addressing the whole child.


New State Board of Education Goals Include:

  • Decreasing discipline exclusionary practices
  • Preparing teachers to meet the demands of a diverse student population
  • Increasing the percentage of students proficient in math and reading
  • Increasing the number of schools meeting or exceeding growth 
  • Increasing the number of charter schools meeting or exceeding academic, operational, and financial goals 


See the agenda links for complete details and presentations:


Audio and audio archives for State Board of Education Meetings can be found here.



Follow the State Board of Education on Twitter @edstateboard_nc

Mini Budgets




Mini Budgets Vetoed by the Governor this week:


History of Mini Budgets:



 LINK to History of Budget Resources

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



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

K-12 Education Bills - Last Movement This Week




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


November 11 - 15: Legislative Meeting Calendar


Monday, November 11 is Veteran's Day - Federal Holiday


Wednesday, November 13, 2019  

12:00 p.m.: House: Session Convenes                                                               House | Audio

12:00 p.m.: Senate: Session Convenes                                                             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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