House Proposes Enrollment Growth Funding, Limits Senior Numeric Grading Bill
Elizabeth Yelverton | NCASA Legal Affairs & Policy Manager
Members of the NC General Assembly met again this week and continued to tackle time-sensitive legislation affecting K-12 public schools. Because the bill filing deadline has passed, legislators focused most of their actions this week on making critical changes to existing bills, including those relating to ADM enrollment growth and numeric grading for seniors. House Bill 1071, which initially covered school connectivity funds, was amended in the House Rules Committee on Wednesday to instead appropriate funds to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for student enrollment growth. H1071 would utilize approximately $79M in unused funds from civil penalties and forfeitures and the School Bus Replacement Fund to fund ADM increases for all public schools, while also utilizing $22M in federal COVID-19 relief funds to be used specifically for ADM increases in low-wealth counties.
After receiving extensive pushback regarding a proposed statewide change to senior grading, House Bill 1199 was amended to be applicable only to Union County Schools, whose local board of education unanimously supported a numeric grading option for seniors. Other major bills heard this week include House Bill 1050, which would require low-performing LEAs to include data regarding early childhood learning in their improvement and comprehensive needs assessments, and House Bill 1189, which would deem complete required classroom driver education for certain students, while also temporarily waiving the road test requirement to obtain a limited provisional license. To access the entire list of K-12 bills that received action since last Thursday, please click here.
The NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA) has continued to serve as a resource to state policymakers in addressing many of the issues schools are currently facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This week, NCASA shared with legislative leaders a recommendations document outlining not only needed changes in legislation, but also new relief requests to help schools prepare for the 2020-21 school year. NCASA will continue to provide members with updates on requested relief items as the legislative session continues.