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This Week At The Legislature: House Passes School Bond Bill, School Safety, Local Calendar Flexibility

Elizabeth Yelverton | NCASA Legal Affairs and Policy Manager
 
Legislators in the House gave final approval to the Education Bond Act of 2019 this morning, and it will now be sent to the Senate for further discussion and likely comparison to the pay-as-you-go school capital funding plan offered by Senate lawmakers. In regards to school safety, House Bill 76: School Safety Omnibus passed its first reading in the Senate and was sent to the Senate Rules Committee, after lawmakers in the House approved an amended version of the bill last Thursday. School calendar flexibility continued to be a hot topic, as members of the House Committee on K-12 Education approved two bills affecting the school calendar law. House Bill 117 would create a pilot program allowing 22 counties to choose their start and stop dates for the school year, while House Bill 79 would allow districts to align their school calendars with those of community colleges. Committee members approved both bills, which were then both referred to the House Rules Committee. Numerous education-related bills were filed this week, including two bills modifying the school performance grade, two additional calendar flexibility bills, one bill creating teacher licensure reciprocity for out-of-state teachers, and several bills relating to school personnel pay and benefits. The NCASA Advocacy Team will continue to monitor the progress of all education-related legislation and provide members with timely updates. 
 

Education-Related Bills Filed This Week:

Bill:               HB354

Sponsors:     Horn (R68); Johnson, L. (R83); Gill (D33); Lucas (D42)

Title:            MODIFY WEIGHTING/SCHOOL PERFORMANCE GRADES

Summary:    An Act to Modify the Weighting of the School Achievement Score and the School Growth Score in the Calculation of School Performance Scores and Grades.

Status:         03/14/2019 – House Committee On Education

 

Bill:               HB359

Sponsors:     Everitt (D35); Hardister (R59); Turner, R. (R84); Jackson, D. (D39)

Title:            $15/HOUR MIN. PAY FOR NONCERT. SCH. EMPLOYEES

Summary:    An Act to Require the Hourly Rate of the Minimum Salary for Noncertified Public School Employees to be at Least Fifteen Dollars Per Hour.

Status:         03/13/2019 – Filed in the House

 

Bill:               HB361

Sponsors:     Wray (D27)

Title:            SCHOOL CALENDAR FLEXIBILITY/HALIFAX

Summary:    An Act to Provide Additional Flexibility to Weldon City Schools in Adopting the School Calendar.

Status:         03/13/2019 – Filed in the House

 

Bill:               HB362

Sponsors:     Horn (R68); Harris (D105); Elmore (R94); Autry (D100)

Title:            15‑POINT SCALE FOR SCHOOL PERFORMANCE GRADES

Summary:    An Act to Adopt a Fifteen‑Point Scale in the Determination of School Performance Grades.

Status:         03/13/2019 – Filed in the House

 

Bill:               SB238

Sponsors:     Woodard (D22); Ballard (R45)

Title:            ARTS EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

Summary:    An Act to Direct the State Board of Education to Require One Arts Education Credit Prior to Graduation from High School.

Status:         03/14/2019 – Senate Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate

 

Bill:               SB241

Sponsors:     Davis, D. (D5); Hise (R47); Krawiec (R31)

Title:            CONCUSSION PROTOCOL/COUNTY RECREATION

Summary:    An Act to Provide that a County or Municipal Recreation Program Take Precautions to Ensure the Safety and Well‑Being of Activity Participants, Including Providing Concussion Awareness Information and a Response Protocol for Certain Athletic Activities.

Status:         03/14/2019 – Senate Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate

 

Bill:               SB243

Sponsors:     Waddell (D40); Davis, D. (D5); Smith‑Ingram (D3)

Title:            GIVE RETIREES 5% COLA/FUNDS

Summary:    An Act to Provide a Cost‑Of‑Living Adjustment for Retirees of the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System, the Judicial Retirement System, and the Legislative Retirement System.

Status:         03/14/2019 – Senate Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate

 

Bill:               SB244

Sponsors:     Waddell (D40); Mohammed (D38)

Title:            RESTORE MASTER'S PAY FOR TEACHERS

Summary:    An Act to Reinstate Education‑Based Salary Supplements for Teachers and Instructional Support Personnel.

Status:         03/14/2019 – Senate Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate

 

Bill:               SB247

Sponsors:     Blue (D14); Chaudhuri (D15); Mohammed (D38)

Title:            CHARTER SCHOOL STUDY/MORATORIUM ON GROWTH

Summary:    An Act to Establish the Joint Legislative Study Committee on the Impact of Charter Schools on Local School Administrative Units and to Place a Moratorium on Charter School Growth Pending Further Legislation.

Status:         03/14/2019 – Senate Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate

 

Bill:               SB224

Sponsors:     Robinson (D28); Foushee (D23)

Title:            TREAT FINANCE OFFICERS LIKE ASSIST. SUPERS

Summary:    An Act to Require the Terms and Conditions of School Finance Officers' Employment to Mirror Those of Assistant and Associate Superintendents.

Status:         03/13/2019 – Senate Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate

 

Bill:               SB227

Sponsors:     Tillman (R26)

Title:            BROADEN CHARTER SCHOOL SIBLING PRIORITY

Summary:    An Act to Broaden Charter School Enrollment Priority to Include Siblings Who Apply to the Charter School for Admission in the Same School Year and Children of Persons Employed to Work Full‑Time for the Charter School.

Status:         03/13/2019 – Senate Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate

 

Bill:               SB230

Sponsors:     Davis, D. (D5); Brown (R6); Ballard (R45)

Title:            EXCUSED ABSENCES FOR MILITARY CHILDREN

Summary:    An Act to Direct the State Board of Education to Adopt Rules Providing for Excused Absences from School for Children of Members of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Status:         03/13/2019 – Senate Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate

 

Bill:               SB233

Sponsors:     Burgin (R12)

Title:            SCHOOL CALENDAR TWO‑YEAR FLEX/CERTAIN SYSTEMS

Summary:    An Act to Provide Additional Flexibility for a Two‑Year Period to Certain Local Boards of Education in Adopting the School Calendar.

Status:         03/13/2019 – Senate Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate

 

Bill:               SB234

Sponsors:     Robinson (D28); Foushee (D23); Garrett (D27)

Title:            HEALTHY FAMILIES & WORKPLACES/PAID SICK DAYS

Summary:    An Act Providing for Healthy Families and Healthy Workplaces by Ensuring that All Workers Have Earned Paid Sick Days to Address Their Own Health Needs and the Health Needs of Their Families.

Status:         03/13/2019 – Senate Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate

 

Bill:               SB219

Sponsors:     McInnis (R25); Tillman (R26); Johnson, T. (R35)

Title:            MODIFY TEACHER LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

Summary:    An Act to Modify Teacher Licensure Requirements.

Status:         03/12/2019 – Senate Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate

 

Elizabeth Yelverton
eyelverton@ncasa.net
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