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  • Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Appointed To AASA Governing Board, Joins Greene And Rockingham Superintendents In National Service

    Dr. Lory Morrow, Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools, has joined Dr. Patrick Miller, Superintendent of Greene County Schools, in representing North Carolina on the Governing Board for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). Dr. Morrow, who also is President-Elect of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA), was recognized for this appointment Tuesday at her local board of education meeting by Jack Hoke, Executive Director of the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association (NCSSA), which is one of NCASA’s core affiliates.

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  • What’s Happening — Or Not Happening — At The NC General Assembly

    With most traditional public schools in NC starting school Aug. 26, many educators are growing increasingly concerned by the lack of a new state budget and the funding it provides. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the budget proposal offered by Republican leadership 27 days ago, yet a compromise on a permanent state spending plan is nowhere in sight. According to Lauren Horsch, a political reporter for the NC Insider state government news service, it costs about $46,000 per day to hold a legislative session, meaning it has cost NC taxpayers nearly $1.2 million so far to continue General Assembly operations without a budget. Legislators have held a few committee meetings or floor votes on some of these days, but most recent days have seen empty hallways and little to no legislative action.

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  • Legislature Approves Read To Achieve Compromise, Eliminating LEA Flexibility To Choose Assessment

    The Senate on Wednesday voted 28-4 to give final approval to a compromise negotiated with the House on changes to the Read to Achieve program. The House quickly followed suit this morning and voted 68-48 in favor of the revised Senate Bill 438, as recommended by the bill negotiators.

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  • House Proposes Local Sales Tax Flexibility For Public Education, Approves Changes to ISD and Student Conduct Standards

    It was another slow week at the legislature, with the Senate taking another week off and the House holding very few committee meetings as the budget impasse continues. House lawmakers pushed forward a couple of bills regarding changes to the Innovative School District (ISD) and student conduct standards, and also appointed certain members to a conference committee to work out proposed changes to the State’s Read to Achieve program. Notably, House lawmakers also amended a rural health care bill to add a provision giving counties the flexibility to levy, by referendum, an additional quarter-cent local sales tax, which could be used for public education purposes. Since last week’s publication, the Governor also signed into law two education-related bills, and vetoed a bill which would have expanded enrollment for NC virtual charter schools. The legislature also presented to the Governor the Senate’s stopgap budget proposal, which would not affect K-12 education funding, but would ensure continuity in certain federal grant programs while budget negotiations continue.

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