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  • Senate Education Committee Approves Education Omnibus Bill, Charter School Payment Process Changes

    Members of the Senate Education/Higher Education Committee approved on Wednesday several House bills, including an education omnibus bill that sparked lengthy debate regarding proposed changes to school nutrition programs.

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  • Richardson Takes The Lead, Slutsky Of NCTIES Elected To NCASA Officer Role For 2021-22; Lenker Honored For Service As President For 2020-21

    The NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA) Board of Directors held its final meeting of 2020-2021 on June 14 and elected a new slate of officers to lead the organization for the new year that begins July 1. Mr. Brad Richardson, a Principal in Rutherford County Schools, will take the helm as President for 2021-22. Two additional officers for NCASA were confirmed, including Dr. Aaron Slutsky, Chief Technology Officer of Gaston County Schools, who was named President-Elect for 2021-2022. In this role, Dr. Slutsky is in line to become NCASA’s President for 2022-2023 to follow Mr. Richardson. Immediate Past-President Dr. Ethan Lenker, Superintendent of Pitt County Schools, rounds out the officer slate. He was recognized at the June 14th NCASA Board meeting for his tenure as President for 2020-2021.

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  • State Board of Education Monthly Review - May 13, 2021

    The State Board of Education (SBE) held its monthly meeting in Raleigh on May 13th.

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  • NCSSA & NCASLD: Recipients of Dr. Samuel Houston Jr. Leadership Award Announced

    The North Carolina School Superintendents' Association (NCSSA) and the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD) have announced the selection of the recipients of the Dr. Samuel Houston Jr. Leadership Award:

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  • State Board of Education Monthly Review - April 7-8, 2021

    The State Board of Education (SBE) held its monthly meeting in Raleigh on April 7-8. NCASA was recognized by the Board on Thursday to further congratulate Drs. David Stegall and Beverly Emory, as well as Mr. Tabari Wallace, for being recently granted educational leadership awards by NCASA. Members can access NCASA’s monthly SBE summary by clicking READ MORE.

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  • New Bill From Senate Education Leaders Proposes Accountability Waivers, School Calendar Changes

    A bi-partisan bill introduced this week by Senate education leaders holds a comprehensive set of COVID-19 relief provisions for K-12 schools, including some important and time-sensitive waivers for school performance grades and other accountability measures for the current year and adjustments to school calendar requirements for 2021-22.

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  • NCDHHS And State Board Of Education Update Operational Guidance For Schools

    The State Board of Education met in an emergency called session this afternoon to provide additional clarity and guidance on changes made Tuesday by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) to the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12). The updated state guidance from both agencies comes in response to NC's COVID metrics continuing to improve and the CDC releasing updated guidance that further clarifies best practices for operating public schools during the pandemic.

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  • House K-12 Education Committee Advances Voucher Expansion, Student Discipline Changes

    The House Committee on K-12 Education approved on Tuesday several highly-debated bills, including one expanding the private school voucher program and another reshaping the process for establishing student discipline policies.

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  • Governor Cooper Throws ‘First Pitch’ In State Budget Process

    Governor Roy Cooper revealed his state budget proposal on Wednesday, which would provide over $2.4 billion for public education over the next two years. The budget specifically devotes $485 million to teacher and administrator compensation, $200 million to expand equitable resources per the state’s ongoing Leandro case, and more than $78 million in early education and child development, among other key investments.

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  • State Senate Fails To Override Veto Of SB37 But May Try Again Soon

    Members of the NC Senate failed on Monday night to override the Governor’s veto of a bill that would have required school districts to offer some type of in-person learning for students. Senate Bill 37 (S37), however, was revived through a parliamentary procedure and vote by the Senate Wednesday afternoon and then was re-referred to the Senate Rules Committee, where it remains viable.

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  • Lawmakers Fast-Track Additional COVID Relief, Direct DPI’s Spending Of Federal Aid Funds

    State lawmakers this week approved a $1.7 billion package to spend federal COVID-19 money and make other pandemic-related policy changes. House Bill 196, which was introduced Monday, quickly moved through several House committees Tuesday afternoon ahead of gaining unanimous approval on the House floor Wednesday. The Senate Appropriations Committee took the bill up this morning, and then that chamber gave final approval to the package this afternoon.

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  • Debt Affordability Study Shows Room For Capital Investments

    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.

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  • State Superintendent Shares K-12 School Priorities With Lawmakers

    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.

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  • Education Budget Work Begins

    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.

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  • Houses Pushes Forward Digital Learning Reporting Bills

    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.

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  • Restrictions Eased At High School Sporting Events As Senate Republicans Pursue Legislative Mandate

    Governor Roy Cooper on Wednesday announced he will ease restrictions on attendance at high school and college sporting events while lifting the state’s modified stay-home order and adjusting the limits on bar operations and the current alcohol sales curfew. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans pushed forward Senate Bill 116 that would increase the attendance capacity at outdoor sporting events for public and nonpublic high schools even if the Governor orders lower limits for spectators the remainder of this school year.

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  • House Passes Summer Learning Bill, Senate Action Likely Next Week

    Members of the NC House unanimously voted 120-0 on Wednesday to approve a bill requiring all school districts to offer in-person learning opportunities this summer. House Bill 82: Summer Learning Choice for NC Families was amended several times earlier in the week in both the House K-12 Education Committee and House Pensions Committee to incorporate some changes recommended by the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) and other groups before being amended a final time on the House floor.

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  • House Files Bill Requiring Districts To Offer Summer School Program

    House Speaker Tim Moore and other representatives on Tuesday filed House Bill 82: Summer Learning Choice for NC Families, which would require all NC school districts to create and offer 6-week “learning recovery and enrichment” summer programs for all K-12 students. Specifically, the bill requires LEAs to develop guidelines for prioritizing at-risk students for the voluntary program, although students not identified as at-risk could also participate within available space. Members of the House K-12 Education Committee discussed an updated version of the bill at length during a meeting on Wednesday, in preparation for a vote by committee members next week, likely Tuesday, February 23.

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  • Legislators Finalize Bill To Reopen Schools, Governor Signals He Won’t Accept It As Is

    House and Senate negotiators reached final agreement Tuesday on a revised version of Senate Bill 37 to reopen schools. The Senate voted 31-16 that afternoon to approve the bill, and the House voted 76-42 Wednesday to approve as well. Before the House vote, Governor Roy Cooper issued a statement indicating his concerns with the final legislation.

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  • NC’s Dr. Rodney Shotwell Among 3 Vying To Be AASA President-Elect

    The School Superintendents Association (AASA) has announced three candidates, including one from North Carolina, who will compete for votes from February 19 – March 12 to become the national organization’s President-Elect. Dr. Rodney Shotwell, Superintendent of Rockingham County Schools, is one of three contenders vying for the office of President-Elect.

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