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February 18, 2011: Legislative Update

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Committee Meetings February 22 - 24

 

Tuesday Committee Meetings
8:30 a.m.
Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, 421 LOB
       OSBM will review the Governor’s proposed budget

1:00 p.m.
Senate Committee on Finance
       SB 8 No Cap on the Number of Charter Schools
       SB 32 Hospital Medicaid Assessment/Payment Program
       SB 76 TC: Eligibility: Indus. Facil./Fix Uwharrie Com.

10:00 a.m.
House Committee on Education, 643 LOB
       HB 7 Comm. Colleges/Opt Out of Fed’l Loan
       HB 58 Community College Multicampus Center Funds

 

Wednesday Committee Meetings
8:30 a.m.
Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, 421 LOB
       President Tom Ross – University Priorities
       State Board Chair William Harrison and State Superintendent June Atkinson – State Board and Public School Priorities

10:00 a.m.
Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education, 544 LOB
       SB 20 Student Refunds by Proprietary Schools
       SB 74 Comm. Colleges/Opt Out of Federal Loan Program

 

Thursday Committee Meetings
8:30 a.m.
Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, 421 LOB


Summary of Key Legislation and Additional Resources

 

HB 48 No Standardized Testing Unless Req'd by Feds (Holloway, Blackwell, Hilton, Cotham)
An Act to reduce spending by eliminating statewide standardized testing in the public schools, except as required by federal law or as a condition of a federal grant.

  • Recent Action:
    2/17/2011 Passed 3rd reading in the House.

This bill would eliminate all non-federally required tests.  Only four such tests remain in the accountability system:  Physical Science, Algebra II, United States History, Civics and Economics.  If these tests were removed, there would be no state-wide assessment of history in this State and assessment of mathematics would not go beyond Algebra I – a course taken primarily in the 8th grade.  These four tests also are part of the accountability system and are four of seven tests used in the performance composite for assessing high schools.  This composite is used to identify high schools across the state that needs assistance in improving student performance.  The State is constitutionally obligated to create a system wherein all children have an equal opportunity to a sound, basic education and the accountability program is the mechanism used to ensure that the core subjects are effectively taught across the state.  Judge Manning has issued a memorandum on the importance of these tests in meeting constitutional mandates.  This is available from the State Board’s legislative program website at http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/resources-for-legislators.  Innovations in curriculum and testing are underway and current tests will be replaced over the next few years.  It is the Board’s and State Superintendent’s position that the current tests must remain as a bridge until the new program is in place.

The amended bill provides for the Department to share with the House Education Committee its proposal for alternative assessments by June 1.  This will give the Department the opportunity to share the reforms in the accountability and assessment program that are underway.

 

SB 8 No Cap on the Number of Charter Schools (Stevens)
An Act to remove the cap on the number of charter schools.

  • Recent Action:
    2/16/2011 – Committee substitute adopted
    2/17/2011 – Re-referred to Senate Committee on Finance, calendared for discussion on February 22.

The proposed committee substitute adopted by the Senate Education Committee on February 16 substantially revised prior versions.  An overview of the bill prepared by the legislative research staff is available on the legislative program website, http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/resources-for-legislators.  The bill was referred to the Senate Finance Committee and fiscal staff will be preparing a fiscal note on the financial impact of the bill.  Of continued concern is the governance structure which now provides for a very limited role of the State Board of veto power with a ¾ vote and operational issues, especially related to planning and budgeting for enrollment growth.  The Department gave members of the committee a brief report identifying how the State Board has responded to requests for enrollment growth as well annual statistics regarding approval of charters and revocations and relinquishments of charters.  This report is available on the legislative program website at http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/resources-for-legislators.

Governor Perdue shared her proposed budget with the General Assembly on Thursday, February 17.  The budget, with line item detail is available at: http://www.osbm.state.nc.us/ncosbm/osbm_library/superpubs/budget1113.shtm.


Listing of Bills with Impact on Students and Public Schools


(bills listed in BOLD had action the week of February 14 -17)

 

HB 48  No Standardized Testing Unless Req'd by Feds (Holloway, Blackwell, Hilton, Cotham)
An Act to reduce spending by eliminating statewide standardized testing in   the public schools, except as required by federal law or as a condition of a federal grant.

  • Recent Action:
    2/17/2011 Passed 3rd reading in the House.


HB 41 Tax Fairness in Education (Stam, Hager, Collins, Brawley)
An Act to allow an individual income tax credit for part of the expense of avoided public education and to authorize counties to appropriate funds for children educated other than in public schools.

  • Recent Action:
    2/07/11 Referred to the House Committee on Education, if favorable, Finance.

 

HB 51 PTA Parental Involvement/Dropout Prev. Funds (Lucas, Glazier)
An Act to appropriate funds for the North Carolina PTA Parent Involvement/Dropout Prevention Initiative.

  • Recent Action:
    2/10/11 Re-referred to House Committee on Appropriations

 

HB 61 Speaker/Pro Tem Term Limits (Blust, Tillis)
An Act amending the North Carolina Constitution to limit the terms of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate to two General Assemblies.

  • Recent Action:
    2/10/11 Referred to House Committee on Judiciary.

 

HB 73 Eugenics Program-Support and Education (Womble, Parmon)
An Act to provide counseling benefits to eugenics survivors, to direct the Department Of Health and Human Services to establish a database of Eugenics Program participants and verify the status of persons contacting the state to determine their participation in the state program, to direct the State Board of Education to include information about the program in its k‑12 history curriculum, to direct the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina to direct appropriate faculty and students to conduct interviews with survivors, to recommend creation of an ethics training module for state, county, and local government employees, and to direct the Department of Cultural Resources to digitize existing records for preservation and study purposes.

  • Recent Action:
    2/14/2011 Referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services, if favorable, Appropriations.

 

HB 87 Sunshine Amendment (LaRoque, T. Moore)
An Act to provide for government in the sunshine by amending the North Carolina Constitution.

  • Recent Action:
    2/14/2011 Referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

 

HB 94 Local Flexibility Re: School Calendar (Lucas, Bell)
An Act to permit local boards of education to set school calendars for their local school administrative units.

  • Recent Action:
    2/16/2011 Referred to the Committee on Commerce and Job Development, if favorable, Education
    .

 

HB 131 Funds/One School Superintendent per County (Parmon, Lucas)
An Act directing the State Board of Education to provide funds for only one local school superintendent per county.
Filed:   2/16/2011

 
HB 132 Make Up Snow Days With Distance Learning (Lucas)
An Act to allow local school administrative units to make up snow days by requiring students to complete lessons posted online.
Filed:  2/16/2011

 

HB 145 Work/School Zones-Speed Camera Pilot Program (Glazier, Murray, Rapp, Jordan)
An Act to establish a pilot program to improve public safety by authorizing the use of electronic speed measuring systems by the Department of Transportation to detect speed limit violations in highway work and school zones, to establish standards for the approval, use, and calibration of electronic speed measuring systems, to establish a civil penalty for speed violations in work and school zones that are detected by those systems, to create a new special fund within the state civil penalty and forfeiture fund, to provide for the payment of the penalties into the designated special fund, and to decrease the amount of highway funds transferred to the Department of Public Instruction for drivers education.
Filed:  2/17/2011

 

SB 8 No Cap on the Number of Charter Schools (Stevens)
An Act to remove the cap on the number of charter schools.

  • Recent Action:
    2/16/2011 – Committee substitute adopted
    2/17/2011 – Re-referred to Senate Committee on Finance, calendared for discussion on February 22.

 

SB 13 Balanced Budget ACT of 2011 (Stevens, Brunstetter, Hunt)
An Act to enact the Balanced Budget Act of 2011.

  • Recent Action:
    2/14/2011 Ratified
    2/15/2011 Presented to the Governor

 

SB 49 Increase Fine for Speeding/School Zones (Allran)
An Act to increase the fine for speeding in a school zone from twenty five dollars to two hundred fifty dollars.

  • Recent Action:
    2/09/11 Referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary II

 

SB 62 Make up Snow days with Distance Learning (Mansfield)
An Act to allow local school administrative units to make up snow days by requiring students to complete lessons posted online.

  • Recent Action:
    2/14/2011 Referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate

 

SB 67 Sunshine Amendment (Clary, Tucker, Goolsby)
An Act to provide for government in the sunshine by amending the North Carolina Constitution.

  • Recent Action:
    2/16/2011 Referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee

 

SB 83 Wilson County School Board (Newton)
An Act to change the date that members of the Wilson County Board of Education take office and to fix an error in a 1987 local act relating to that board.
Filed: 2/17/2011

 

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