|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
|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