|NCATA Legislative Update April 27, 2019 |
New & exciting news in late April!
|GREAT NEWS for NCATA!!! The House version of the budget includes |
two new Regional Coordinators and $500K for NC FFA Center! Please
read the full report from our lobbyist, Bryan Holloway. Bryan has
been working hard in the Legislature for us. We appreciate this great
news and look forward to seeing these priorities through the entire
process in the months ahead!
Update from Mr. Bryan Holloway for late April 2019:
On April 26th, the North Carolina House released its version of the
Education budget. I’m proud to inform you that our priority to add
two new coordinator positions at North Carolina State University is
included in the budget. Our second priority to allocate funds to the
FFA Camp at White Lake is also in the House Budget. Their budget
allocates 500k to the camp in the capital portion of the budget.
Today was a big day for agriculture education in North Carolina. The
legislative budget will continue, and now the House has announced
that they hope to have their budget completed by May 5, 2019.
Remember, this is not the final version, and the Senate will follow
with their version hopefully by the first of June 2019. Then, both
bodies will create a compromise budget meshing elements of both
budgets. However, it is anticipated that the governor will veto the b
udget. Without supermajorities in the legislature, it could be late this f
all before a budget is finally agreed upon. NCATA will keep you posted
on our progress.
Recent Education Action SB 580: Classroom Supplies to Teachers
This program proposal would allow classroom teachers across the
state to spend up to $400.00 on classroom and instructional materials.
Concerns have been raised by LEAs regarding district allocations of
supply funds. However, from what NCATA is learning, legislative
leaders are planning to allocate new monies to the LEA allotments
for supplies and materials. NCATA will keep you posted as this
Excellence in Public Schools Act and Read to Achieve
Senate Bill 438 was introduced, and it addresses some perceived
deficiencies with the original Read to Achieve Act passed in 2013.
After analyzing data, Senate leadership has decided to target current
problems with the law. This Act would seek to implement Summer
Reading Camps and offer targeted staff development to meet
students’ needs and to improve 3rd grade reading proficiency. The
Act utilizes current and past performance data to adjust the program
to meet current student needs.
Bills that Passed the House House Bill 377
This bill, which passed the House and now moves to the Senate,
eliminates K-8 EOG tests and allows shorter “check in” tests during
intervals in the school year. For high school testing, the NC Final Exam
would be eliminated, and the ACT would be utilized to measure
student growth and ensure school accountability..House Bill 315 passed
the House and provides LEAs with discretionary flexibility on how
instructional monies are spent and on which platforms instructional
materials are delivered (instructional technology, textbooks, etc.). In
addition, the bill provides parental review of instructional materials selected by districts.
HB 184: Study State Health Plan Design
This bill allows lawmakers to study and review the State Health Plan
and identify areas for improvement and modernization including
goals-based incentives for providers and members and healthy
lifestyle promotion. In addition, the bill will examine the needs and
concerns of stakeholders in the State Health Plan.
HB 354 (=H313) Modify Weighting/School Performance Grades.
This bill would change how performance grades are calculated.
Presently, grades calculate 80 percent from proficiency and 20 percent
from growth. The new proposal would calculate 50 percent for
proficiency and 50 percent for growth.
HB 362 (=H145) 15-Point Scale For School Performance Grades.
This bill would keep the 15-point scale for performance grades for
schools as opposed to moving to the 10-point scale which was the
most recent current law.
HB 266 School Annual Report Card.This bill separates grades for
school achievement and school growth. This bill would create a
15-point grading scale measuring school achievement and would
utilize a 10-point scale, based on EVASS standards, to measure
House Bill 79 Academic Alignment/Boards of Education & CC.
This bill would allow for some scheduling flexibility and let local
school boards align their schedules with the community college
House Bill 276 Modify Low-Performing School Definition.
This bill would remove the language of “low performing school”
while modifying the definition using revised measurements. If a
school has met expected growth, it will not be classified as “low
Education Bills in CommitteeHouse Bill 275 (=S189)
CTE Pilot for Guilford Co. Schools.This Pilot proposal, specific to
Guilford county, would allow traditional high schools to host the
Innovative Signature Career Academy Program. As of 3/26/19,
this measure has been referred to the House Committee on
Finance and has not seen action since.
Senate Bill 134 Economics & Financial Literacy Act.
This bill would mandate that students in high school complete an
Economics and Financial literacy type course as a requirement for
graduation. In addition, staff development opportunities would be
extended for teachers in the content area. This bill has not seen
action since April 3rd and is currently in the Senate Committee on
House Bill 199 H199
This bill would provide funding to Charter Schools to meet student
transportation needs and will allow qualifying schools to receive
reimbursement for up to 65 percent of their transportation costs.
This bill was referred to the House Committee on Appropriations