Veto Override Enacts State Budget Into Law, Then It’s Adjusted In Technical Changes Bill
Following suit on a 34-13 vote last week by the Senate, the House on Tuesday voted 73-44 to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the 2018 state budget contained in Senate Bill 99. These votes by both chambers enacted the budget into law, and then both chambers moved quickly to follow that action by approving budget technical corrections legislation.
Highlights of the new budget, accompanied by a money report detailing line item spending changes, were provided earlier by NCASA, and a more comprehensive summary of all components affecting public schools and their personnel will be shared next week.
Some budget provisions affecting public schools already have been adjusted by Senate Bill 335, the budget technical corrections bill. That bill gained quick Senate approval Wednesday morning, as a conference report that could not be amended, and then cleared the House Thursday afternoon. The public school provisions include the following:
- Section 1.1: Reduces the funding increase for public schools by $190,000 for a net increase of $59,657,276 in 2018-2019 over the year-two budget adopted in 2017.
- Section 2.1: Adjusts the principal pay provisions to ensure that principals who have had a break in service, meaning they lack school growth scores from the last three years, will be placed on the principal salary schedule based on the growth score from their last year served as a principal. (Note: NCASA and our core affiliate, the NC Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association, had requested an additional change to allow newer principals with less than three years of growth scores to move up to the “met” or “exceeds” growth levels of pay on July 1, if their school achieved that status in 2017-18, rather than waiting for that adjustment to occur Jan. 1, 2019, but that requested change was not included and will be pursued again next year.)
- Section 2.2: Corrects a citation reference to the 2017 budget law in repealing the 2017-18 assistant principal salary schedule and replacing it with the 2018-19 schedule that reflects a 2% increase to 19% above teachers of the same years of service on the teacher “A” schedule.
- Section 2.3: Clarifies that the $25,000 appropriation to DPI for a grant to New Dimension Charter School is limited to the school’s operating expenses.
- Section 2.4: Amends current laws governing the Center for Safer Schools to: 1) put the center under the Superintendent of Public Instruction instead of the Division of School Operations, 2) treats the center similarly to the Office of Charter Schools in its DPI reporting structure, and 3) makes conforming changes in the relevant statutes.
- Section 2.5: Prohibits DPI from addressing its $5.1 million reduction by transferring any funds from the Office of Charter Schools.
- Section 2.6: Allows the State Board of Education to issue additional Requests for Proposals in order to select 10 school systems to participate in the Advanced Teaching Roles Pilot Program.
- Section 2:10: Amends current laws to require DPI to only provide EVAAS K-3 reading diagnostic assessment data, rather than for other subject areas.
- Section 2.12: Eliminates estate distributions from decedents in determining income eligibility for opportunity scholarships (private school vouchers) retroactive to Jan. 1, 2017.
- Section 2.13: Allows DPI to use funds appropriate for Innovation Zone model grants for the administrative expenses of the Innovative School District for the 2018-19 year only.
- Section 2.14: Provides a grant of $10,000 to Graham County Schools.
- Section 2.15: Eliminates the previous $200,000 award to Donors Choose for classroom supplies for specific schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system.
- Section 2.16: Requires for the 2017-18 school year only that the State Board of Education to combine the career and college readiness measures for school performance grades, so a high school would earn one point for each percent of students who are either college ready or career ready. School report cards for this year would be required to show the combined indicator, as well as what the indicators would look like separately.
- Section 7.4: Removes budget language that had prohibited cities from conditioning zoning and permit approvals on the waiver or reduction of reimbursement for mandated road improvements related to school construction and renovations, and makes this change retroactive to Aug. 1, 2017.
- Section 11.1: Broadens the previous provision authorizing municipalities to spend property tax funds on either traditional school or charter school operations, by also allowing property tax revenues to be used for school capital expenses inside the city limits.
All provisions of this bill, except as otherwise provided, become effective July 1, 2018.