A NEW & Exciting Update from Mr. Bryan Holloway:
The North Carolina House has passed its version of the state budget. Our priorities are officially passed on the House side of the legislature. Now, we are on to the Senate, and I am optimistic we will succeed on their side as well. Below is an overview of the House education budget. You will find significant pay raises as well as many other items:
Note: Our items which include the positions at North Carolina State, and the funds for the FFA Camp are located in the Money Report, page B 42 and in the Budget Bill, page 274.
The House Budget Money Report for HB 966
The House budget adds an additional $700 million dollars over the last biennium budget. That is an increase of just over 3 per cent.
Included in the budget is a teacher pay raise of an average of 4.6% (beginning Jan. 2020).
The House budget re-instates the popular Teaching Fellows program for candidates seeking to teach in Special Education or Stem.
The House budget re-instates masters pay for qualifying teachers.
Regarding principal and assistant principal pay, the House budget re-instates experience as a component of the formula for principal pay and ties principal pay raises to future teacher pay raises moving forward. The adjusted averages for salary increases for Jan. 2020 would be around 6.3% for Assistant Principals and 10% for Principals.
The House budget gives teachers $145 for school supplies in year one of the biennium. Legislators indicated that it would increase to $400 in year two when they return for short session next year. The entire appropriation was funded with new money, and did not transfer funds from the current supply allotment.
The House budget proposal allocates $60 million dollars for school safety, resources, personnel, and mental heath services.
Below is a link to the budget breakdown site developed by the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction. This site will provide base category expenditures and at the bottom of the expense summary of shows the proposed teacher salary adjustments from the House Budget.
In addition, several special provisions were included. Some of those included in the budget bill are listed below.
1. School Safety Grant Programs
2. 15 point grading scale for school assessments under the NC School Report Card
3. Financial Literacy and Economics course requirements (to be determined by the State Board)
The crossover deadline in set for May 9th which usually means that non-finance related bills that have not received approval from either the House or Senate, will likely not move forward. However, even those provisions are often subject to change. We will update you on which education related bills met the crossover deadline in the next update.