|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.
|NCATA Updates April 10, 2019 Three Items- Please Read|
|Awards are DUE next week!!! |
The deadline for NAAE Awards and the Eric N. Godwin Scholarship is
All award applications should be turned by April 19th
(Keep reading for more details!)
NAAE Awards are judged at the state, regional, and national levels.
It’s the time of year to complete these for state level judging. Award
recipients gain experience, travel, and recognition.
You can find out about requirements, descriptions and applications
The following award areas are available:
Outstanding Early Career Teacher Award
Upper Division Scholarship
Outstanding Teacher Award
Outstanding Middle/Secondary Program
Outstanding Post-secondary Agriculture Program Award
Teacher Mentor Award
Ideas Unlimited Award
Outstanding Cooperation Award
Outstanding Service Citation
Lifetime Achievement Award
Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship Application
A NEW award for this year is the Eric N Godwin NCATA Scholarship.
First year members may apply for a scholarship on their second year
dues to NCATA. You can apply here:
Eric N. Godwin NCATA Scholarship Application
ALL Award Applications are due to Shannon Vanhoy by April 19, via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Shannon is with the Member
Services Committee. All awards should be submitted to her in a pdf
format for judging. NC nominees (State Winners) will be notified by
April 29. These nominees will then have to submit their application
via the NAAE website.
A new website is coming!
Get ready for:
Board of Director Contact Information
Membership Payments and Online Enrollment
Membership Benefits! Resources galore!
In the meantime, our current domain is down and will be going live
upon completion of the new site. If you have any questions, you can
contact your President, Chad Ayers, or your Executive Director,
April Pittman, with any questions using email@example.com.
Region V Conference
The NAAE Region V conference will be June 24-26, 2019 in
Charleston, SC (make note, this date was listed incorrectly in
one location in our last Newsletter.)
It is a wonderful time to network, learn
more about your profession and agriculture, and recognize the
professionals in our community. We hope you can attend!
The information is on the NAAE Website
(Communities of Practice)
but we have had some trouble with the links.
Here are the direct links and information for you to use:
Hotel:Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina20 Patriots Point Rd,
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
This harborfront resort and marina is a 4-minute walk from Patriots
Point and a 9-minute walk from the water taxi, with access to
Charleston Historic District.
The bright, nautical-themed rooms all have free Wi-Fi,
flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and coffeemakers. Some rooms include
balconies, whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and harbor views. Suites add
separate living spaces. Room service is available.Amenities include a
private beach, a seasonal outdoor pool, a hot tub and a gym, while the
marina also offers fishing services and sailing lessons for a fee. There’s
also a rooftop bar with live music, a poolside tiki bar and 2 restaurants.
Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina
Guests will need to contact reservations directly (843-856-0028) if
requesting a specific type of room (1 king/2 queens) or if booking for
days beyond contract. The room rate is extended to 6/27/19.
Tentative Region V Conference Agenda