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Pay Raises, Other Education Bills Pending On The Governor’s Desk

Elizabeth Yelverton | NCASA Legal Affairs & Policy Manager

Before voting to adjourn and reconvene on Wednesday, November 13, the General Assembly successfully passed several pieces of legislation, which were then sent to the Governor to be signed into law. The Governor has since signed several of these bills, while numerous others, such as the two mini-budget bills providing pay raises for educators, remain unsigned. The Governor has ten days to sign or veto any bills before they automatically become law, meaning the bills sent to the Governor on November 1 will automatically become law on November 11 if he does not act. However, many school finance officers have noted the Governor will need to sign the educator pay raises into law as soon as possible if this retroactive pay is to be added to November paychecks. While the Governor has repeatedly expressed his disappointment that the educator pay raises were not higher, it is not yet known whether he plans to veto or sign the pay raises into law.

The following education-related bills were recently signed into law by the Governor or still await his signature:

  • H111: 2019-2021 Base Budgets/Certain Agencies
    • Establishes a “base budget” for the 2019-21 biennium, including for public schools. The bill would work in conjunction with the continuation budget authority already in use this fiscal year to keep state spending going at 2018-19 levels in the absence of a new budget law. H111 does not release any new or expansion funding for 2019-20 or 2020-21, including for public school enrollment growth or continuing K-12 costs covered only by one-time funds in 2018-19, but merely creates a budget framework that state agencies like the Department of Public Instruction need for operating.
    • Presented to Governor 11/1; Signed into law 11/6
  • H470: Administration of Justice Changes
    • Makes technical corrections to laws pertaining to the use of certain permissible evidence in juvenile court cases.
    • Presented to Governor 11/1; Signed into law 11/6
  • H377: Teacher Step Act
    • Provides raises and bonuses for public school principals, as well as step increases for teachers, instructional support personnel, and assistant principals. Please click here for a more in-depth summary of H377.
    • Presented to Governor 11/1
  • S354: Strengthening Educators’ Pay Act
    • Provides raises for teachers, assistant principals, non-certified personnel, and central office employees; provides even higher raises contingent on the veto override of the full budget package. Please click here for a more in-depth summary of S354.
    • Presented to Governor 11/1
  • S522: Low-Perf. Schools/Adv. Teaching Roles
    • Creates a three-year process before qualifying schools are transferred into the Innovative School District (ISD), and releases the State Board of Education (SBE) from its obligation to choose four schools to be added to the ISD next year; also eliminates the cap on the number of local boards of education that can participate in the Advanced Teaching Roles Pilot Program. Please click here for a more in-depth summary of S522.
    • Presented to Governor 10/31
  • H231: UNC & Comm. Coll. Pay/Retiree Bonus
    • Provides salary increases to employees of the University of North Carolina system and the North Carolina Community College system; provides a one-time, 0.5% cost-of-living supplement for retirees of the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System (TSERS).
    • Presented to Governor 11/1
  • H398: Info. Tech. Budget/2019-2021 Fiscal Biennium
    • Establishes the state’s two-year spending plan for information technology needs. This bill includes appropriating $12 million in 2019-20 and $35 million in 2020-21 for implementing the School Business System Modernization Plan at DPI.
    • Presented to Governor 11/1
  • S199: Child Sex Abuse/Strengthen Laws
    • Requires local boards of education to adopt and implement a child sexual abuse and sex trafficking training program for school personnel who work directly with students in grade K-12;
    • Presented to Governor 11/1


Elizabeth Yelverton