July 1, 2016 Legislative Update

In This Issue…

      1. House and Senate Reach Budget Agreement
      2. Achievement School Districts

House and Senate Reach Budget Agreement

As hoped, the General Assembly wrapped up their work on the state budget by the July 4 holiday. The House gave final approval of the budget this morning, and it has been passed to Gov. McCrory for his approval. Details included in the budget agreement, HB1030, that will impact education are below.

      • Moves educators up a step on the salary schedule
      • Increases average educator pay to $50,186 for the 2016-17 school year, and in three years teacher pay should average $55,000. The current tiered salary schedule is phased out.

Monthly Salary Schedule

FY 2015-16

FY 2016-17

FY 2018-19

0

$3,500

$3,500

$3,500

1

$3,500

$3,575

$3,600

2

$3,500

$3,600

$3,700

3

$3,500

$3,625

$3,800

4

$3,500

$3,675

$3,900

5

$3,650

$3,725

$4,000

6

$3,650

$3,800

$4,100

7

$3,650

$3,850

$4,200

8

$3,650

$3,900

$4,300

9

$3,650

$3,950

$4,400

10

$4,000

$4,025

$4,500

11

$4,000

$4,100

$4,600

12

$4,000

$4,175

$4,700

13

$4,000

$4,250

$4,800

14

$4,000

$4,325

$4,900

15-19

$4,350

$4,525

$5,000

20-24

$4,650

$4,800

$5,000

25+

$5,000

$5,100

$5,100

      • Provides retirees with a one-time cost-of-living bonus equal to 1.6 percent of their annual payments.
      • Uses $57.3 million more in state lottery funds to pay the salaries of public school clerical workers, custodians and support staff, on top of the $315 million in lottery funds for non-instructional personnel already appropriated for the coming year.
      • Allocates $5 million more for North Carolina Educational Endowment Fund, designed to give bonuses to public school teachers.
      • Preserves driver education program funds that would otherwise end as of December 31, 2017.
      • Creates a three year pilot to develop advanced teaching roles and organizational models that link teacher performance and professional growth to salary increases.
      • Allocates $4.9 million for a two-year pilot program to give teachers $25 or $50 bonuses for each student that receives good grades on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate course tests or on career and technical credentialing tests.
      • Changes the school performance scale:

Grade

Scale

A

100-85

B

84-70

C

69-55

D

54-40

F

39-below

      • Allocates $2.5 million more for instructional supplies, materials and equipment, bringing the total to $47 million.
      • Raises textbook and digital materials spending by $10 million to $71.5 million.
      • Allocates $4.7 million to the state’s digital learning plan.
      • Creates a tuition reimbursement program for 25 teacher assistants in five counties pursuing a college degree and teacher’s license.
      • Reduces funding for the Department of Public Instruction by 0.5%.
      • Adjusts class sizes for K-3:

Grade

Number of Students per Teacher

Kindergarten

18

First

16

Second

17

Third

17

      • Creates a Joint Legislative Study Committee on School-Based Administrator Pay. The committee will study the feasibility of revising the school-based administrator salary schedule, including principal and assistant principal pay and the process of recruiting and retaining the most qualified principals in NC.
      • Allocates $10 million for a pilot program to provide performance-based bonuses of up to $6,800 for third-grade reading teachers. The bonuses would be awarded to teachers based on EVAAS growth scores.
      • Establishes an opportunity scholarship grant fund reserve of $34.8 million to award more need-based scholarships and provides forward funding to add 20,000 children to the program over the next ten years.

Click Here to Read House Bill 1030 (See pages 19-49 for K-12 Budget)

Click Here to Read the Money Report


Achievement School Districts

The House gave final approval to a bill that would authorize the creation of an Achievement School Districts (ASD), a State-level and statewide school administrative unit for low-performing schools from across the State. The legislation would create pilot projects aimed at turning around schools where students consistently show little academic improvement and post low scores on state tests.  The bill would also allow the creation of innovation zones for local school administrative units that transfer a qualifying school into the ASD. The legislation now heads to the Governor.

Click Here to Read House Bill 1080

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Submitted by Rick Zechini & Rhian Merwald


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