|NCATA Legislative Update April 12, 2019|
|Update from Mr. Bryan Holloway:|
Things in the legislature have finally begun to pick up, and the House is
beginning to do serious work on the budget with hopes of having it
released by the end of April. We have made great progress with our
priorities. Full Appropriations Chair Representative William Brisson
and Representative Dana Bumgardner will be filing a bill to provide
two more coordinators at North Carolina State University. Education
Appropriations Chair Representative Jeffrey Elmore, who came to the
fall conference, is working to help carry this bill across the finish line
and place it in the budget.
Rep. William Brisson has also agreed to assist with funding for the
camp. Full Appropriations Chairs control capital provisions, and he is
a strong advocate since the FFA camp is in his legislative district.
In other education news, here is a brief summary of the Governor’s
education budget, and other bills filed in the state legislature:
he Governor’s Budget has a goal of raising teacher pay to the highest in
the southeast over a four year period (Avg. 9.1% over two years)
Reinstates experience pay for principals
Provides 40 million for school safety and school mental health
Provides 15 million for school security improvements
Provides a 29 million increase in funding for textbooks and digital
Provides 9 million for teacher recruitment
Expands Teaching Fellows program by 5 million
Proposed at 3.9 billion dollar bond proposal, giving 2 billion to public
These are some of the major highlights. The entire budget can be read
by clicking the hot link, The Governor’s Budget.
House Bill 266: School Annual Report Card
This bill filed by Representative Riddell changes the school report card
by giving two grades instead of one grade. Schools would receive a
performance grade and a growth grade. This would change the
current law that combines performance (80%) and growth at (20%) to
derive one grade.
House Bill 276: Modify Low Performing School
This bill filed by Representative Riddell changes the definition of low
performing schools so that a school that meets growth cannot be
considered low performing.House Bill 216: School Self Defense Act &
Senate Bill 192: School Security Act
Though both bills are different, they are similar due to the fact they
arm individuals in the school
setting other than school resource officers. From discussions with
legislators from both parties, these bills have a slim chance of
becoming law. I’ll be back in touch before the month comes to an end
to update you again. Bills are starting to move, and the House is
picking up speed working on the budget. They go first in the
legislative process this year.
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