LEGISLATIVE & POLICY NEWS

  • Short Session Education Bills Update

    While many expected COVID-19 relief to be the biggest, if not only, topic to be tackled by legislators during this legislative short session, legislators have continued to file numerous education-related policy bills since reconvening on April 28. Legislators were given until last Thursday at 4PM to file most bills with a statewide impact; however, legislative leadership voted to extend the May 19th deadline for filing bills “affecting the State budget, including the budget of an occupational licensing board for FY 2020-21,” until Tuesday, May 26.

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  • State Board of Education Approves Remote Learning Plan Guidelines, Licensure Policy Revisions, Relief Funding Changes

    The State Board of Education met this morning to address new COVID-19 issues, such as remote learning plans and school nutrition funds, while also approving modifications to ongoing COVID-19 issues, such as licensure requirements and benefits policies. To review the highlight's from today's meeting, click on the "READ MORE" link.

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  • K-12 Education-Related Bills Introduced 4/28-5/20

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  • S704 School Calendar Provisions Summary and Q&A

    Senate Bill 704: “COVID-19 Recovery Act” was signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper on 5/4/20. While S704 provides numerous relief items requested by the NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA), it does not include NCASA’s proposal for greater calendar flexibility. The summary that follows outlines the new calendar requirements contained in S704, as well as answers to commonly asked questions NCASA has received.

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  • House Education Working Group Discusses Child Nutrition, Connectivity, School Reopening Concerns

    Members of the NC House Select Committee on COVID-19’s Education Working Group met this afternoon for their first meeting since the NC General Assembly reconvened for its short session on April 28. While the majority of legislators have not met since passing the first round of coronavirus relief in early May, Education Working Group members are continuing to discuss ongoing concerns for public schools, including school nutrition, school connectivity and homework gaps, as well as plans for reopening schools for the -2020-21 school year.

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  • Bills Affecting Public Schools Introduced As Filing Deadline Approaches

    State lawmakers opened their 2020 short session April 28 with a focus mainly on COVID-19 relief efforts; however, they also are introducing new policy and funding bills affecting public education and not related to pandemic recovery. House and Senate members faced a deadline of 4 p.m. today for filing most bills with a statewide impact, meaning a few additional bills impacting public schools could still be introduced and referred to committees in either chamber during their next scheduled floor session.

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  • State Board of Education Meeting Summary: Thursday, May 7

    The State Board of Education (SBE) held its monthly meeting remotely on May 6-7. The pages that follow summarize highlights from the meeting and the Board’s actions for this month. For complete SBE information, visit their website: http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/

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  • Governor Signs COVID-19 Relief Package Into Law; NCASA Hosting Webinar 5/15 To Share Summary

    Governor Roy Cooper, flanked by House and Senate leaders, held a press conference Monday to express his support of the bipartisan COVID-19 relief package that cleared the General Assembly on Saturday. The Governor and legislative leaders of both parties spoke at the press conference before he signed the full package into law.

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  • House & Senate Reach Compromise, Finalize COVID-19 Relief For K-12 & Others

    Lawmakers on Saturday morning rolled out a compromise COVID-19 relief package that is split into two bills, with funding in House Bill 1043 and policy changes in Senate Bill 704. Both bills moved quickly through committees and then gained approval in both chambers with almost unanimous bipartisan support before moving on for Governor Roy Cooper’s consideration and signature.

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  • School Leader Contacts Needed Now On House, Senate Proposals For K-12 Relief

    Lawmakers convened Tuesday for a session focused solely on COVID-19, and by late Wednesday, both the House and Senate had advanced omnibus bills proposing appropriations of federal relief funds and time-sensitive policy changes needed in response to the pandemic.

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  • State Board Of Education Approves COVID-19 Emergency Leave Extension, Other Relief Items

    The State Board of Education (SBE) met via conference call this morning to approve additional COVID-19 relief actions, including extending the deadline for the SBE State of Emergency Leave Policy from April 30 to May 31.

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  • NC House Panel Finalizes Draft Bill Seeking Early Start for 2020-21 School Year; Also Hears K-12 Funding Needs

    The Education Working Group of the House Select Committee on COVID-19 met this afternoon to hear specifics on $377 million funding needs school districts statewide have resulting from the coronavirus and school closure. The panel also finalized for consideration by the full General Assembly a draft bill outlining relief measures recommended for K-12 and the state’s other education sectors. The most significant additions to the bill are proposals on school calendar adjustments, including waiving the instructional time requirements in 2019-20 for all districts that conducted remote instruction during the school closure period, allowing all public schools to start the 2020-21 year as early as Aug. 17, and directing the State Board of Education to create a plan for some jump-start remedial sessions in August for struggling students before next school year.

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  • State Board of Education Approves Changes To Student Grading, Teacher Evaluations, Student Athletics

    Members of the State Board of Education (SBE) met this afternoon in a conference call session to address certain time-sensitive issues arising from COVID-19, including student grading recommendations, teacher evaluation requirements, and changes to student athletics. While much of the meeting focused on the extensive proposed grading policy presented by DPI staff, Board members also discussed SBE/DPI legislative funding requests, which were presented later in the afternoon to members of the House Select Committee on COVID-19.

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  • NCASA Weekly Update: 4/16/20

    As students, parents, and educators across the State continue to adjust to their new daily routines, policymakers have also begun to embrace the challenge of utilizing virtual meetings, online voting sessions, and webinars to address time-sensitive issues.

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  • NCASA COVID-19 Weekly Update: April 9, 2020

    While many students and staff across the state prepared for a much-needed spring break next week, policymakers continued to share guidance and take action in response to issues arising from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The following is a summary of actions taken this week.

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  • NCASA COVID-19 Policy & Advocacy Update: 4/2/20

    With schools statewide remaining closed for student instruction for a third week, state policymakers have continued to focus on urgent school district concerns, such as personnel leave and supplemental funding, while also beginning to address the numerous other areas that are expected to be impacted by the coronavirus.

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  • State Board of Education Meeting Summary: Friday, March 27

    The State Board of Education met via conference call on Friday, March 27 to address certain time-sensitive topics relating to COVID-19, such as grading guidance, distribution of new funding in response to the coronavirus, and approval of a new state of emergency leave policy. Many of these topics were brought to the Board’s attention in a recommendations document created and shared with policymakers by the NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA) and one of NCASA’s core affiliates, the NC School Superintendents’ Association (NCSSA).

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  • NCASA COVID-19 Policy & Advocacy Update: Week Of March 23, 2020

    As schools remain closed statewide for student instruction for a second week, school leaders and state policymakers have continued to work together to propose solutions for supporting our public schools, students, and staff during this difficult time. In order to provide its members with ongoing access to the latest and most helpful resources for addressing COVID-19-related issues, the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) has launched a new resource page containing comprehensive NCASA updates, real-time access to government briefings and meetings, as well as a compilation of helpful summaries and guidance documents from across public and private sectors.

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  • Sec. of Education Announces Broad Flexibilities for States to Cancel Testing During National Emergency

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year.

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  • NCASA & NCSSA Recommendations for Continuing 2019-20 School Year

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