April 30, 2019 Legislative Update

Today, legislative leaders in North Carolina announced the House Budget Salary Proposal for teachers and administrators in North Carolina.  The press conference held by the Speaker of the House, Tim Moore, announced the following:

  • Appropriates $118.5 million in FY 2019-20 and $228 million in FY 2020-21 to increase teacher compensation.
  • Increases the base salary schedule for teachers with 16 or more years of experience by $500 to $8,500 annually, effective January 1, 2020
  • Reinstates Masters Pay supplements
  • Ties school counselor pay to the pay scale provided to psychologists, speech pathologists, audiologists, effective January 1, 2020

PENC will have a full budget review of the education budget, and full salary package update with more details the first of next week once it is released to the public and passed by the legislature.

PENC would like to thank its past president, Representative Jeffrey Elmore, House Appropriations, and Leadership teams for sitting down and meeting with us and hearing our voices on public education. Garnering significantly more pay for educators, restoring Master’s pay, and investing in veteran teachers to show appreciation was at the top of our priority list.

There is a lot more work to do, and PENC is committed to supporting our educators in North Carolina! We will continue to meet with leaders on both sides of the aisle, and in both legislative chambers to advocate for educators in North Carolina.

Recent Education Action

SB 580: Classroom Supplies to Teachers  This program proposal would allow classroom teachers across the state to spend up to $400.00 on classroom and instructional materials.

Excellence in Public Schools Act and Read to Achieve

Senate Bill 438 was introduced which addressed some perceived deficiencies with the original Read to Achieve Act passed in 2013. After analyzing data, Senate leadership has decided to target current problems with the law. This Act would seek to implement Summer Reading Camps and offer targeted staff development to meet students’ needs and to improve 3rd-grade reading proficiency.  The Act utilizes current and past performance data to adjust the program to meet current student needs.

Bills that Passed the House

House Bill 377

This bill, which passed the House and now moves to the Senate, eliminates K-8 EOG tests and allows shorter “check-in” tests during intervals in the school year. For high school testing, the NC Final Exam would be eliminated, and the ACT would be utilized to measure student growth and ensure school accountability.

House Bill 315 passed the House and provides LEAs with discretionary flexibility on how instructional monies are spent and on which platforms instructional materials are delivered (instructional technology, textbooks, etc.). In addition, the bill provides a parental review of instructional materials selected by districts.

HB 184: Study State Health Plan Design

This bill allows lawmakers to study and review the State Health Plan and identify areas for improvement and modernization including goals-based incentives for providers and members and healthy lifestyle promotion. In addition, the bill will examine the needs and concerns of stakeholders in the State Health Plan.

HB 354 (=H313Modify Weighting/School Performance Grades.

This bill would change how performance grades are calculated. Presently, grades calculate 80 percent from proficiency and 20 percent from growth. The new proposal would calculate 50 percent for proficiency and 50 percent for growth. Would change how performance grades are calculated. Presently, grades calculate 80 percent from proficiency and 20 percent from growth. The new proposal would calculate 50 percent for proficiency and 50 percent for growth.

HB 362 (=H14515-Point Scale For School Performance Grades.

This bill would keep the 15-point scale for performance grades for schools as opposed to moving to the 10-point scale which was the most recent current law.

HB 266 School Annual Report Card.

This bill separates grades for school achievement and school growth. This bill would create a 15-point grading scale measuring school achievement and would utilize a 10-point scale, based on EVASS standards, to measure school growth.

House Bill 79 Academic Alignment/Boards of Education & CC.

This bill would allow for some scheduling flexibility and let local school boards align their schedules with the community college system.

House Bill 276 Modify Low-Performing School Definition.

This bill would remove the language of “low performing school” while modifying the definition using revised measurements. If a school has met expected growth, it will not be classified as “low performing.”

Education Bills in Committee

House Bill 275 (=S189CTE Pilot for Guilford Co. Schools.

This Pilot proposal, specific to Guilford County, would allow traditional high schools to host the Innovative Signature Career Academy Program. As of 3/26/19, this measure has been referred to the House Committee on Finance and has not seen action since.

Senate Bill 134 Economics & Financial Literacy Act.

This bill would mandate that students in high school complete an Economics and Financial literacy type course as a requirement for graduation. In addition, staff development opportunities would be extended for teachers in the content area. This bill has not seen action since April 3rd and is currently in the Senate Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

House Bill 199 H199

This bill would provide funding to Charter Schools to meet student transportation needs and will allow qualifying schools to receive reimbursement for up to 65 percent of their transportation costs. This bill was referred to the House Committee on Appropriations on 4/9/19.

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