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February 14, 2011: Legislative Update

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Committee Meetings February 15 - 17

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

10:00 a.m.
House Committee on Education, 643 LOB
HB 22 (Crawford) Vance-Granville Comm. Coll. Bond funds
HB 48 (Holloway) No Standardized Testing Unless Req'd by Feds


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

10:00 a.m.
Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education, 544 LOB

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


Summary and Additional Resources

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.

State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson and State Board Chair Dr. William Harrison issued a press statement voicing strong opposition to this bill.  It is available on the DPI website and is linked through the State Board’s legislative program webpage at http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/resources-for-legislators

 

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:
    2/08/11 Referred to Committee on Education, calendared for discussion, Tuesday, February 15.

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.

 

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:
    1/31/11 Referred to the Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education; full committee meeting held 2/2/11; ad hoc subcommittee meeting held 2/9/11; further discussion by full committee calendared for 2/16/11.

At the first meeting of the Senate Education Committee, Senator Stevens shared a proposed committee substitute to the filed charter school bill.  This detailed legislation revises many features of the current charter school legislation including moving the authority of charter schools to an independent commission and removing restrictions on the number of charter schools and the size and enrollment of the schools.  In the subcommittee meeting held last week, the subcommittee approved a number of amendments to the proposed committee substitute (PCS).  This version is available on the State Board’s legislative program website at http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/resources-for-legislators.  The amendments include providing final authority to the State Board but requiring a ¾ vote to reject recommendations from a statutorily-created charter.  As announced, the plans are for any further amendments to be considered by the full Senate Education Committee meeting on Wednesday and that the committee will vote on the PCS.  The State Board has been in favor of an incremental increase in the number of charter schools.  Additional data about the charter schools is available on the charter school website of the Department of Public Instruction at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/charterschools/


Listing of Bills with Impact on Students and Public Schools

HOUSE BILLS

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 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:
    2/08/11 Referred to Committee on Education

 

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.
Filed 2/10/11

 

HB 87 Sunshine Amendment (LaRoque, T. Moore)
An Act to provide for government in the sunshine by amending the North Carolina Constitution.
Filed 2/10/11


SENATE BILLS

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:
    1/31/11 Referred to the Senate Committee on Education/Higher

 

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

  • Recent Action:
    2/7/11  Passed 3rd reading in the Senate
    2/10/11 Passed 3rd reading in the House

 

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. Filed 2/10/2011

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