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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

April 1, 2011
 

Committee Meetings April 4 – April 7

Tuesday Committee Meetings
10:00 a.m.
House Committee on Education, 643 LOB
         SB 137 Establish Forgivable Loan Fund
         SB 154 Abolish Higher Education Bond Oversight Comm.

Senate Committee on Judiciary I, 1027 LB
        SB 394 Clarify Process/Reportable Offenses in Sch.

    
Wednesday Committee Meetings* 
10:00 a.m.
Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education, 544 LOB   
        SB 423 Educ. Oversight Comm. Study of Teacher Tenure 


Thursday Committee Meetings
8:30 a.m.
Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, 421 LOB (not scheduled yet – but possible)

*SB 8 No Cap on Number of Charter Schools may be calendared for House Finance on Wednesday.

 

Summary of Key Legislation and Additional Resources


On the budget –
The Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education did not meet this week.  We understand the subcommittee chairs are still working on a proposal to bring back to the full subcommittee.  The best information we have is that it might be late next week but no sessions have been scheduled.

 

In terms of education-related legislation discussed this week –

House Education Committee –
House Bill 342, High School Accreditation, received a favorable report from House Education and will next be heard in House Appropriations.  This bill requires the University Board of Governors and the State Board of Community Colleges to adopt a policy prohibiting the use of information about the accreditation of a North Carolina secondary school that a person attended in decisions such as admissions, loans, and scholarships.  It also mandates the State Board of Education to, at the request and expense of a local board of education, to evaluate it for accreditation based on academic standards including the Common Core State Standards.  In a lengthy debate, house members discussed the accreditation issues for the Burke County Board of Education that led to the legislation and the merits of having a state-run accreditation option.  The bill sponsor, along with other members of the committee, acknowledged the concern of whether the State Board will have the infrastructure for this service, especially in light of potential budget reductions.

Senate Education/Higher Education –
The approved committee substitute to Senate Bill 296, Dropout Recovery Programs, changed the focus of the bill to providing a process for the State Board of Community Colleges, in conjunction with the State Board of Education, for approving high school dropout recovery partnerships between local community colleges and school districts.  It also identifies the Gateway to College programs as dropout recovery programs.  The bill now goes to Appropriations.

The committee also adopted the proposed committee substitute and gave a favorable report to Senate Bill 339, Modify Driver Education Programs.  This bill requires the State Board and Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop a strategic plan and administer a standardized driver education program.  It also provides for a pilot program to deliver driver education “by electronic means.”  In response to committee member questions, a vendor in the audience explained that this could be providing the classroom instruction part electronically – the driving portion would remain in regular vehicles. This bill goes to the Senate floor on Monday, April 4.

Senate Transportation Committee –
Senate Bill 416, School Buses/State Vehicles/Tires passed without discussion. It would prevent an LEA from purchasing bead to bead (mold cured) retread school bus tires.  School districts concerned about not having this option should contact their legislators.


Among bills introduced this week –

Senate Bill 479, Testing in Public Schools, outlines components for high school diagnostics and assessments.  It includes diagnostic assessment of students in the 8th and 10th grade, use of nationally and internationally benchmarked tests, continuation with the Common Core State Standards and piloting a US History test that incorporates writing, critical thinking skills, and use of primary documents. 

This bill is responsive to prior efforts in the General Assembly and commissions.  House Bill 48 – that eliminated four End of Course tests -- requires the State Board to present proposals for alternative assessment strategies.  Governor Perdue’s message when she did not sign HB 48 urged the General Assembly to work with the State Board.  The concepts in SB 479 have been extensively reviewed by groups that include legislators and educators.  We will be providing additional information on this bill.

Below is a listing of all public education-related bills introduced this week:
HB 503 Nutrition Stds./All Foods Sold at School (Insko, LaRoque)
HB 546 Alternative Salary Plans/ Charlotte-Meck. Sch. (Samuelson)
HB 553 School Calendar Pilot Program/Stanly County (Burr)
HB 556 Volunteer Service in Retirement (Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House)
HB 564 School Capital Fund Formula/Lottery Proceeds (Hilton, Fisher, Keever, Moffitt)
HB 579 (SB 498) Modify Law Regarding Corporal Punishment (M. Alexander, Johnson)
SB 466 Modify Teacher Career Status Law (Hartsell, Tillman)
SB 479 Testing in Public Schools (Tillman, Preston, Soucek)
SB 498 Modify Law Re: Corporal Punishment (Pate, Purcell)
SB 475 (HB 131) Funding for One LEA per County (Apodaca)


Other issues -

Senate Bill 389, Transfer Child Nutrition Program to DACS would transfer the Child Nutrition Program from the Department of Public Instruction to the Department of Agriculture.  The State Board and DPI are adamantly opposed to this legislation.  Since the bill was filed, the Child Nutrition Association polled its members and has withdrawn its support for this bill.  Additional resources, including a letter from State Superintendent Atkinson to LEA superintendents, a model board resolution in opposition to the move, and some of the letters of endorsements received by DPI, are posted on our website, http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/resources-for-legislators under “Responses to Legislators”.

 

Listing of Bills with Impact on Students and Public Schools

(bills listed in BOLD had action the week of March 28 - 31)

 HOUSE BILLS

 

Note:  “Passed first reading” is the language used on the General Assembly website to describe when the bill has been introduced; it does not reflect a vote on the bill.
 

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:
    3/21/2011 Became law without Governor's signature, Ch. SL 2011-8  

 

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:
    3/29/2011 Withdrawn from calendar, placed on calendar for 4/5/2011.

 

HB 67 (SB 83) Wilson County School Board (Tolson, Farmer-Butterfield)
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.

  • Recent Action:
    2/24/11 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Rules, Operations of the Senate.

 

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:
    3/29/2011 Withdrawn from calendar, ordered engrossed.
    3/29/2011 Re-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:
    3/10/2011 Assigned to the Commerce and Job Development Subcommittee on Business and Labor.

 

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.

  • Recent Action:
    2/21/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable, Appropriations.

 

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.

  • Recent Action:
    2/21/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 145 Phoebe’s Law (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.

  • Recent Action:
    3/16/2011 Committee substitute received a favorable report.
    3/16/2011 Re-referred to the Judiciary Subcommittee A.

 

HB 175 Putting Students First/Local Control (Burr, Folwell, Hager, Rapp)
An Act to amend the school calendar law to put students first and to restore local control.

  • Recent Action:
    2/24/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable, Commerce and Job Development.

 

HB 181 (SB 124) Add Supt. to NC Econ. Dev. Bd. (Glazier)
An Act to add the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to the Economic Development Board, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Joining Our Businesses and Schools (Jobs) Study Commission.

  • Recent Action:
    3/21/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Senate Committe on Commerce.

 

HB 185 School Calendar Flexibility (Randleman)
An Act to authorizing local boards of education to adopt consolidated calendars.

  • Recent Action:
    2/28/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 197 School Calendar Flexibility/Inclement Weather (Frye, Jordan, Rapp, West)
An Act to give certain local boards of education additional flexibility with regard to instructional time lost due to inclement weather.

  • Recent Action:
    3/03/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 200 Appropriations Act of 2011 (Brubaker)
An Act to make base budget appropriations for current operations of state departments, institutions, and agencies, and for other purposes.

  • Recent Action:
    3/02/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

 

HB 210 (SB 184) Building Code/School Animal Husbandry Bldgs. (Brisson, Glazier, Lucas, Parfitt)
An Act to exempt from building rules structures that are associated with an animal husbandry program operated by a local school administrative unit and located on school property.

  • Recent Action:
    3/03/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.
    Calendared for 3/22/2011

 

HB 218 Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity (Insko, L. Brown, Johnson, and Weiss_
An Act to establish the Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity.

  • Recent Action:
    3/30/2011 Favorable report in the Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.
    3/30/2011 Placed on the House calendar for 3/31/2011
    3/31/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the House.


HB 238 State Health Plan/Repeal Penalties (Dollar, Blackwell, Harrison, and Hurley)
An Act to repeal the body mass index (BMI) and tobacco use penalties from the North Carolina State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees.

  • Recent Action:
    3/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services, if favorable, State Personnel. 

 

HB 244 (SB 282) State Health Plan/Add Sterling Montessori (Stein)
An Act to authorize Sterling Montessori Academy and charter school to elect to participate in the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees.

  • Recent Action:
    3/08/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Insurance.

 

HB 247 Enhance Charter School Accountability (Glazier, Cotham, Rapp, Lucas)
An act to eliminate the cap on charter schools, to establish the North Carolina Charter School Commission, to provide for enhanced accountability for charter school academic performance, and to make other changes to the charter school statutes.

  • Recent Action:
    3/09/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable, Appropriations.

 

HB 253 Home Schoolers Participate in School Sports (Dixon, Cleveland)
An Act to permit home schooled students to participate in interscholastic athletics.

  • Recent Action:
    3/09/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 264 (SB 125) NC School of Biotechnology and Agriscience (Glazier)
An Act to create the North Carolina school of Agriscience And Biotechnology, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Joining Our Businesses and Schools (Jobs) Study Commission upon the recommendations of the Agriscience and Biotechnology Regional School Planning Commission.

  • Recent Action:
    3/09/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 278 Update Savings Bond Payroll Savings Program (Hastings)
An Act to update the Payroll Savings Program for savings bonds to reflect recent changes made by the United States Treasury Department.

  • Recent Action:
    3/10/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House.

 

HB 288 North Carolina Science Olympiad Funds (Glazier, Weiss, Parmon, Michaux)
An Act to appropriate funds to expand the North Carolina Science Olympiad to all one hundred counties.

  • Recent Action:
    3/10/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

 

HB 320 (SB 278) Continue P3 Study (McGee, Ross, McComas, Carney)
An Act to continue the study of public-private partnerships by a Legislative Study Commission.

  • Recent Action:
    3/14/2011 Passed 1st Reading, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

  

HB 322 Haywood School Board Filing Period (Rapp, Haire)
An Act to allow the Haywood County Board of Elections to extend the filing period if no person files for a seat on the Haywood County Board of Education.

  • Recent Action
    3/31/2011 Favorable report in the House Committe on Government, placed on the calendar for 4/4/2011

 

HB 334 Report on Fitness Testing in Schools (Insko, Bell, Harrison, LaRoque)
An Act to require the State Board of Education to report on the results of fitness testing in each local school administrative unit.

  • Recent Action
    3/22/2011 Favorable report in the House Education Committee, calendared for 3/23/2011.
    3/23/2011 Amendment adopted, passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the House.
    3/24/2011 Received in the Senate, passed 1st reading and referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House.

 

HB 338 Burke School Board Recall (Blackwell)
An Act to allow recall of members of the Burke County Board of Education.

  • Recent Action

    3/31/2011 Favorable report in the House Committe on Government, placed on the calendar for 4/4/2011.

 

HB 342 High School Accreditation (Blackwell, Holloway)
An Act prohibiting any public institution of higher education  from soliciting or using information regarding the accreditation of a secondary school attended by a student as a factor affecting admissions, loans, scholarships, or other educational activity at the public institution, unless the accreditation was conducted by a state agency; authorizing the State Board of Education to accredit schools in a local school administrative unit at the request of and at the expense of that unit; and modifying the budget of the Department of Public Instruction accordingly.

  • Recent Action
    3/30/2011 Committee substitute received a favorable report in the House Committee on Education, re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

 

HB 344 Tax Credits for Children with Disabilities (Stam, Randleman, Jordan, Jones)
An Act to allow an individual income tax credit for children with disabilities who require special education and to create a fund for special education and related services.

  • Recent Action
    3/15/2011 Passed 1st Reading, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable Finance. 

 

HB 393 Modify Internal Auditing Statues (Hastings, McGee)
An Act to modify the internal auditing statutes applicable to large state departments and the university system.

  • Recent Action
    3/17/2011 Passed 1st Reading, referred to the Committee on Government. 

 

HB 394 Flexible Work Option for All State Employees (Hurley)
An Act providing for voluntary flexible work schedules for state employees during the 2011 2013 fiscal biennium.

  • Recent Action
    3/17/2011 Passed 1st Reading, referred to the Committee on State Personnel.

 

HB 413 Winston-Salam/Forsyth School Board (Parmon, Womble)
An Act to provide that the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education is elected on a nonpartisan plurality basis and to change the procedure for filling vacancies on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education.

  • Recent Action
    3/22/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Government.

 

HB 466 Spend 65% of Funds in the Classroom (Blust)
An Act to ensure that at least sixty-five percent of school funding is used for classroom instruction.

  • Recent Action
    3/28/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable Appropriations.

 

HB 467 Improve School Discipline (Blust)
An Act to amend the laws related to school discipline.

  • Recent Action
    3/28/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable Judiciary Subcommittee A.

 

HB 503 Nutrition Stds./All Foods Sold at School (Insko, LaRoque)
An Act directing the State Board of Education to annually review nutrition standards for foods and beverages administered by the Department of Public Instruction and child nutrition programs of local school administrative units and to require other food sale operations on the school campus during the instructional day to meet certain standards by the 2011 2012 school year.

  • Recent Action
    3/30/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 546 Alternative Salary Plans/ Charlotte-Meck. Sch (Samuelson)
An Act authorizing the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools to develop and implement alternative salary plans for instructional personnel and school administrators.

  • Recent Action
    3/31/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Government.

 

HB 553 School Calendar Pilot Program/Stanly County (Burr)
An Act authorizing a school calendar pilot program in the Stanly County Schools.Recent Action

  • Recent Actioon                                                                                                                                                                                                       3/31/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.


HB 556 Volunteer Service in Retirement (Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House)
An Act to amend the definition of retirement to clarify that service as an unpaid volunteer is not considered service for the purpose of that definition.

  • Recent Action
    3/31/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on State Personnel, if favorable, Finance.

 

HB 564 School Capital Fund Formula/Lottery Proceeds (Hilton, Fisher, Keever, Moffitt)
An Act to change the school capital construction formula in the state lottery act to provide for distribution of all the funds based on average daily membership.

  • Recent Action
    3/31/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable, Finance, if favorable, Appropriations.

 

HB 579 (SB 498) Modify Law Regarding Corporal Punishment (M. Alexander, Johnson)
An Act to require the involvement of a parent or guardian before school officials may administer corporal punishment on a student.
Filed 3/31/2011

 

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:
    3/16/2011 Committee Substitute received a favorable report.
    3/16/2011 Re-referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.

 

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

  • Recent Action:
    3/9/2011 Withdrawn from Committee, placed on Senate Calendar for 3/9/2011
    3/9/2011 Veto Overridden, sent to the House, received and read.

 

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:
    3/29/2011 Placed on calendar for 3/30/2011
    3/30/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the House.
                                                                                                                                

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 (HB 67) 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.

  • Recent Action:
    3/8/2011 passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Government.

 

SJR 90 State Board of Education Confirmations (Tillman, Preston, Soucek)
A Joint Resolution providing for confirmation of appointments by the Governor to the State Board of Education.

  • Recent Action:
    2/22/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Education/Higher Education.

 

SJR 92 State Board of Education Confirmations (Tillman, Preston, Soucek)
A Joint Resolution providing for a joint session of the General Assembly to act on A Joint Resolution providing for confirmation of the appointments by the Governor of new members to the State Board of Education.

  • Recent Action:
    2/22/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Education/Higher Education.

 

SB 115 Coverage of Treatment of Autism Disorders (Purcell, Garrou, Mansfield)
An Act to require health benefit plans, including the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees, to provide coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

  • Recent Action:
    2/21/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Insurance.

 

SB 124 Add Supt. to NC Econ. Dev. Bd. (Brown, Hartsell)
An Act to add the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to the Economic Development Board, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Joining Our Businesses and Schools (Jobs) Study Commission.

  • Recent Action:
    2/28/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred Committee on State and Local Government.

 

SB 125 NC School of Biotechnology and Agriscience (Brown, Hartsell)
An Act to create the North Carolina school of Agriscience And Biotechnology, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Joining Our Businesses and Schools (Jobs) Study Commission upon the recommendations of the Agriscience and Biotechnology Regional School Planning Commission.

  • Recent Action:
    2/28/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred Committee on Commerce.

 

SB 137 (HB 120) Establish a Forgivable Loan Fund (Stevens/Vaughn)
An Act to establish the Forgivable Education Loans for Service Program and the Forgivable Education Loans For Service Fund as recommended by the Joint Select Committee on State Funded Student Financial Aid.

  • Recent Action:
    3/28/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred Committee on Education, if favorable Finance.

 

SB 140 Leadership Limits/Gubernatorial Team Ticket (Apodaca, Brunstetter, Tucker)
An Act to amend the North Carolina Constitution to limit the speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate to three consecutive two year terms in those offices, and to provide that the Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall run together in the general election.

  • Recent Action:
    2/28/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the Senate.

 

SB 169 Study Innovations/Incentives in Education (Hartsell)
An Act creating The Innovations in Education Legislative Study Commission to study the feasibility of offering financial incentives to students for quality academic performance.

  • Recent Action:
    3/3/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to Education/Higher Education. If favorable, re-referred to Appropriations/Base Budget.

 

SB 172 Classroom Experience for School Personnel (Hartsell)
An Act to give classroom experience to professional public school employees who are not classroom teachers.

  • Recent Action:
    3/3/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to Education/Higher Education.

 

SB 184 (HB 210) Building Code/School Animal Husbandry Bldgs. (Brisson, Glazier, Lucas, Parfitt)
An Act to exempt from building rules structures that are associated with an animal husbandry program operated by a local school administrative unit and located on school property.

  • Recent Action:
    3/03/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Education/Higher Education.

 

SB 265 Transfer State Health Plan to State Treasurer (Apodaca, Brunstetter, Hartsell)
An Act to transfer the North Carolina State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees to the Department of State Treasurer.

  • Recent Action:
    3/28/2011 Passed 1st Reading in the House, referred to the Committee in Insurance, if favorable, Appropriations.
    3/29/2011 Favorable report on the Insurance Committee, re-referred to the Committee Appropriations.
    3/29/2011 Favorable report in the Appropriations Committee, re-referred to the Appropriations Committee.
    3/30/2011 Placed on calendar for 3/30/2011, passed 2nd reading.
    3/31/2011 Amendment adopted, passed 3rd reading, ordered engrossed.

 

SB 278 (HB 320) Continue P3 Study (Jenkins)
An Act to continue the study of public-private partnerships by a Legislative Study Commission.

  • Recent Action:
    3/09/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

 

SB 282 (HB 244) State Health Plan/Add Sterling Montessori (Stein)
An Act to authorize Sterling Montessori Academy and charter school to elect to participate in the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees.

  • Recent Action:
    3/10/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Insurance.

 

SB 283 School Calendar Flexibility/Inclement Weather(Hise)
An Act to address school days missed by mountain counties due to inclement weather.

  • Recent Action:
    3/21/2011 Withdrawn from the Education/Higher Education Committee, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

 

SB 296 Cooperative Innovative High School Programs (Atwater, McKissick)
An Act to broaden the definition of cooperative innovative high school programs.

  • Recent Action:
    3/10/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Education/Higher Education.
     Calendared for 3/23/2011.

 

SB 339 Modify Driver’s Education Program (Hartsell)
An Act to require the Department of Public Instruction to provide additional fiscal and technical oversight of the driver education program, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee.

  • Recent Action:
    3/31/2011 Committee substitute received a favorable report in the Education/Higher Education Committee, Committee substitute adopted.

 

SB 361 Interscholastic Sports Open to all Students (Tillman, Hise)
An Act permitting students who attend a public school, private school, home school, or charter school without an interscholastic athletics program in a given sport to participate in that sport at a public high school.

  • Recent Action:
    3/21/2011 Withdrawn from the Education/Higher Education Committee, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

      

SB 362 Reallocate Lottery Funds (Tillman, Tucker)
An Act to reallocate lottery funding from class size reduction and pre k programs to school construction.

  • Recent Action:
    3/17/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Education/Higher Education, if favorable re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

SB 389 Transfer Child Nutrition Program to DACS (East, Rouzer, Apodaca)
An Act to transfer the child nutrition program and child nutrition services of the Division of School Support of the Department of Public Instruction to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and to make conforming changes.

  • Recent Action:
    3/22/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources

 

SB 391 SPA/Repeal RIF Priority Consideration (Brunstetter, Hise)
An Act repealing the priority consideration in hiring given under the state personnel act to covered employees subject to reductions in force. 

  • Recent Action:
    3/23/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Judiciary I.

 

SB 394 Clarify Process/Reportable Offenses in School (Newton, Tillman, Preston)
An Act to clarify the requirement that school principals report certain acts to law enforcement.

  • Recent Action:
    3/23/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Judiciary I.

 

SB 396 Repeal Civil Penalty Funds to Schools (Gunn)
An Act to repay the funds owed to local school administrative units in accordance with the requirements of the judgment in the civil penalties case.

  • Recent Action:
    3/23/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

 

SB 400 (HB 334) Report on Fitness Testing in Schools (Purcell)
An Act to require the State Board of Education to report on the results of fitness testing in each local school administrative unit.

  • Recent Action:
    3/23/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

 

SB 415 Eliminate Cost of Reduced Price School Meals (Purcell)
An Act to eliminate the cost of reduced price lunches for school children who qualify for reduced price meals.

  • Recent Action:
    3/24/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

 

SB 416 School Buses/State Vehicles/Tires (Harrington, Rabon, Forrester)
An Act providing that the state and local boards of education shall use the most cost-efficient tire retreads on and preserve critical tire information for state vehicles and school buses, respectively.

  • Recent Action:
    3/24/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Transportation.

 

SB 423 Educ. Oversight Comm. Study of Teacher Tenure (Fisher, Cotham, Gill, Keever)
An Act directing the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee to study the teacher tenure law.

  • Recent Action:
    3/28/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to Education/Higher Education.

 

SB 466 Modify Teacher Career Status Law (Hartsell, Tillman)
An Act to modify the law relating to career status for public school teachers.

  • Recent Action:
    3/31/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to Education/Higher Education.

 

SB 475 (HB 131) Funding for One LEA per County (Apodaca)
An Act directing the State Board of Education to provide funds for only one local school administrative unit per county.

  • Recent Action:
    3/31/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

 

SB 479 Testing in Public Schools (Tillman, Preston, Soucek)
An Act to provide for the assessment of career and college readiness with nationally and internationally benchmarked tests; the continuation of North Carolina's participation in the development and implementation of tests related to common core state standards adopted by a majority of states; a pilot study of a new assessment of U.S. History based on the revised curriculum and that assesses critical thinking and writing skills; and diagnostic tools to assist in teaching and student learning.
Filed 3/31/2011

 

SB 498 Modify Law Re: Corporal Punishment (Pate, Purcell)
An Act to require the involvement of a parent or guardian before school officials may administer corporal punishment on a student.
Filed 3/31/2011

 

 

 

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