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  • Senate Appropriations Committee Passes School Capital Needs Funding Bill

    Lawmakers in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved the school capital funding bill introduced by Senate leadership, after over an hour of intense debate comparing the Senate plan to a school bond proposal introduced in the House. The bill’s primary sponsors, Senators Harry Brown (R-Jones, Onslow), Kathy Harrington (R-Gaston), and Joyce Krawiec (R-Davie, Forsyth), addressed members of the Appropriations Committee to discuss their bill, Senate Bill 5 (SB 5), which proposes a pay-as-you-go model, generating $2 billion for K-12 facilities repair and renovation over 9 years. The bill was introduced as an alternative to a bond referendum proposal which would generate an estimated $1.5 billion for K-12 capital projects, if approved by voters statewide.

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  • NC Voucher Fund Leaves Millions Unspent While Growing By $10 Million A Year

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  • House K-12 Education Committee Discusses Local Calendar Flexibility Bills

    In its first meeting of the 2019-2020 Session, the House K-12 Education Committee discussed two school calendar flexibility bills, bringing to light both old and new arguments surrounding the current school calendar law. Committee members discussed House Bill 12, which would provide complete calendar flexibility for Alamance-Burlington Schools, as well as House Bill 13, which would allow LEAs in Catawba and Davie counties to align their school calendars with the calendars of local community colleges. The committee chairs decided to postpone voting on the two bills, instead allowing legislative staff to provide background information on the current calendar law and acknowledging bill sponsors to speak briefly on their bills.

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  • 2 Local School Calendar Flexibility Bills Filed On Opening Day Of Legislative Session

    Lawmakers have begun to file the first bills of the 2019-2020 legislative session, and many school districts may be pleased to find that certain legislators have already taken steps toward local school calendar flexibility. While NCASA’s official position is that all school districts should have the flexibility to create school calendars that best fit the unique needs of their schools and communities, we applaud lawmakers for taking these initial steps on the first workday of the legislative session.

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