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State Budget Deal Rolling Through Legislature, Holds Major Impact For Public Schools, Personnel

 

House and Senate budget conferees on Monday unveiled their negotiated $23.9 billion state budget compromise that has been rolled into Senate Bill 99 as a conference report that cannot be amended. The two chambers held joint appropriations, finance and pensions committee meetings Tuesday to have the bill explained to all legislators and the public, the bill is expected to face floor votes in both chambers over the next two days before being sent to the Governor.

The compromise budget includes $13.8 billion in total education spending for K-12 schools, universities and community colleges and comprises 58 percent of the total state budget. The revised 2018-19 state budget for K-12 schools is $9,546,315,927, which reflects a 6.3 percent increase of $59,847,276 over the spending plan outlined in 2017 for the second year of this biennium.

The budget (click link) special provisions and accompanying money report (click link) outlining line item spending changes include several components affecting public schools and their personnel. Highlights of those components include the following:

Compensation

  • Principals – Provides a 6.9% average pay increase effective July 1 for principals that reflects a $12 million new investment and a 13.1 percent cumulative two-year increase on average. The revised pay schedule is reflected below.

ADM

Base

Met Growth

Exceeded Growth

0-400

$66,000

$72,611

$79,212

401-700

$69,311

$76,242

$83,171

701-1,000

$72,611

$79,872

$87,133

1001-1,300

$75,912

$83,503

$91,094

1,301+

$79,212

$87,133

$95,054

  • Assistant Principals – Uses $5.4 million to Increase assistant principal pay by 2%, moving them to 19% above teachers on the “A” teacher salary schedule, as stated as intent in the 2017 budget law.

  • For additional changes related to school-based administrator compensation, which culminates a two-year investment of $52.4 million in these two sectors of education leaders, see the joint press release from the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) and core affiliate, the North Carolina Principals and Assistant principals’ Association (NCPAPA).
  • Teachers – Provides 6.5% average pay increase for teachers that includes a $700 annual increase for teachers of 25 years or more of service and provides a $385 bonus for those veteran teachers not receiving a pay increase under the 2018-19 salary schedule, shown below.

 

Years of Experience

2017-18

2018-19

0

$3,500

$3,500

1

$3,600

$3,600

2

$3,630

$3,700

3

$3,730

$3,800

4

$3,730

$3,900

5

$3,830

$4,000

6

$3,830

$4,100

7

$3,930

$4,200

8

$3,930

$4,300

9

$4,055

$4,400

10

$4,055

$4,500

11

$4,205

$4,600

12

$4,205

$4,700

13

$4,355

$4,800

14

$4,355

$4,900

15

$4,555

$5,000

16

$4,630

$5,000

17

$4,730

$5,000

18

$4,730

$5,000

19

$4,830

$5,000

20

$4,830

$5,000

21

$4,930

$5,000

22

$4,930

$5,000

23

$5,000

$5,000

24

$5,000

$5,000

25+

$5,130

$5,200

  • Also provides funding to make 4th-5th grade reading bonus program and 4th-8th grade math bonus program recurring.
  • Central Office and Non-Certified Personnel – Increases pay for all other school personnel by 2%.
  • Retirees – Provides one-time 1% cost of living adjustment/bonus for retirees.
     

School Safety

  • School Resource Officers (SRO) – Expands SROs grant to provide elementary and middle school SROs with $5 million in recurring, new funds, which is $12 million total. Grants will be matched on the basis of $2.00 in state funds to every $1.00 of non-state funds.
  • Students in Crisis – Allots $2 million in nonrecurring grant services to community partners for children in crisis.
  • School Safety Training – Establishes a $3 million, nonrecurring grant for school safety training for school mental health personnel and students.
  • Safety Equipment in Schools – Allots a $3 million, nonrecurring grant for safety equipment in schools.
  • School Mental Health Personnel – Establishes a $10 million, nonrecurring grant for additional school mental health personnel with flexibility for the LEAs to hire additional psychologists, social workers, counselors, and nurses, depending on local needs.
  • Anonymous Safety Reporting- Allots $5 million in nonrecurring funds to anonymous reporting mediums such as hotlines and cell phone applications (SpeakUp NC app). The bill also requires all governing bodies of public schools to operate an anonymous tip line.

Other Budget Items

  • Allows cities to use property tax revenue for public education, including allowing them to fund traditional public schools and charter schools.
  • Increases Children with Disabilities allotment to $4,442.34 per child.
  • Increases Academically Gifted Children allotment to $1,339.14 per child.
  • Appropriates $140,000 to the Department of Public Instruction to improve the teacher licensure process.
  • Extends the Advanced Teaching Roles Pilot for five years.
  • Extends the virtual charter school pilot project an additional four years.
  • Appropriates $117.3 million in lottery proceeds, which includes $42.3 million more than the $75 million earmarked in 2017, for need-based capital grants for tier one and two counties.
  • Shifts $2.4 million of the Digital Learning Plan initiative to non-recurring funding.
  • Funds $61.4 million recurring for enhancement teachers as promised in the K-3 compromise that was enacted in House Bill 90 in February.
  • Increases bonus funds for each student taught by an advanced course teacher for Advanced Placement (AP) courses and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme courses (IB) by $50 per student.
  • Reduces funds for School Business System Modernization by $200,000 non-recurring.
  • Expands 6th and 7th grades CTE grants by $470,000 in recurring funds and $230,000 non-recurring.
  • Establishes State Computer Science Plan to expand computer science offerings to all students.
  • Expands Teacher Assistant Tuition Reimbursement Program to an additional 19 districts.
  • Maintains the textbook and digital resource funding at 2017-18 levels.
  • Expands the special education vouchers by $3 million.
  • Provides 28 small grants to various local programs or small non-profits.
  • Requires a roll call vote on most State Board of Education motions.
  • Creates a new Schools that Lead pilot program to assist with ongoing teacher professional development.
  • Establishes three new lab schools at UNC-Wilmington, Appalachian State University and East Carolina University.
  • Eliminates $18 million in appropriations for school technology from the fines and forfeitures fund.
  • Allots $50 million in additional, federal funding to reduce the pre-k waiting list.
NCASA