The state is well-positioned for a school capital bond, according to a presentation shared by legislative staff with the House Capital Appropriations Committee on Tuesday. Speakers from the Fiscal Research Division and the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) noted the 2021 Debt Affordability Study states $3.22 billion in General Fund debt could be issued next fiscal year.
State Superintendent Catherine Truitt on Wednesday outlined for the Senate Education/Higher Education Committee her top priorities and goals for reforming and improving North Carolina’s K-12 schools. The presentation was her first official address to a legislative committee since taking office in January.
The legislative process for creating the state’s K-12 education budget began this week, as lawmakers held joint committee meetings outlining the budgetary process. Staff from the non-partisan Fiscal Research Division provided committee members with a budgetary overview during Tuesday’s joint Education Appropriations Committee meeting, and shared plans for joint appropriations meetings through the end of March.
The NC House approved two bills relating to digital learning this week, one which would create new LEA reporting requirements for K-12 computer science courses, and a separate bill requiring the State Board of Education to maintain a “digital learning dashboard” for public access. House Bill 78: Report on K-12 Computer Science Data and House Bill 79: Student Digital Learning Access were both unanimously passed by House legislators on Wednesday, and have been sent to the Senate for additional action, likely next week.
NCASA recently approved legislative and education policy priorities to support the organization's 7,000 members on the attached initiatives critical for the success of our school leaders and the 1.4 million students you serve. NCASA will continue to work with our state General Assembly, Governor, State Board of Education, and other policymakers to make these initiatives a reality for educators and school leaders across the state. We need your help in sharing these same goals and objectives with your local House and Senate delegation and seek their support in moving them forward in the legislative session that begins Jan. 13.