February 20, 2015 Legislative Update
In This Issue…
Much like North Carolina’s schools, the North Carolina General Assembly’s activities succumbed to an uncontrollable force – Mother Nature. Dozens of committee meetings were canceled this week – including all appropriations subcommittees – except a joint House-Senate meeting of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education Feb. 19. The sparsely attended meeting featured presentations about DPI and State Board of Education’s Legislative Priorities. Presentations were also made by representatives of the North Carolina Community College System, the UNC System and the NC Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
DPI’s priorities included a $162 million funding request that includes increases in textbook, technology and classroom supplies line items. The Textbook and Supplies funds have been redirected often in recent years to other priorities and DPI is asking lawmakers to backfill the coffers for those items – almost $77 million for textbooks and $20 million for supplies. The technology request is $25 million, with another request for school connectivity at $12 million. DPI also included a request for educators’ professional development supports of $4.4 million. DPI’s presentation concluded by clarifying that these request are separate from a request that addresses “improvements to educators’ pay,” which was not specified. You can see the entire presentation here.
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Submitted by Evelyn Hawthorne
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