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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

April 8, 2011
 

Committee Meetings April 11 – April 14

 

Tuesday Committee Meetings
10:00 a.m.
House Committee on Education, 643 LOB (schedule not posted at time of report)

Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, 421 LOB – possibly Tuesday afternoon

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

10:00 a.m.
Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education, 544 LOB
         SB 466 Modify Teacher Career Status Law
         SB 479 Testing in Public Schools
         SB 498  Modify Law Re: Corporal Punishment

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


Summary of Key Legislation and Additional Resources


On the budget --
There was no word on the budget this week.  Next week is likely for the chairs of the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education to share the budget with the committee – possibly as early as Tuesday afternoon.  We will send out information when we receive it.  Philip Price also will be sending information to school districts as soon as we have the data.  Be prepared for the budget to move quickly.

 

In terms of education-related legislation discussed this week –

The big discussion this week was on charter school legislation Senate Bill 8 was discussed in the House Finance Committee on Wednesday and Thursday.  After a favorable report, it went to the floor for its second reading Thursday afternoon and passed 69-48 – with only one Democrat voting with Republicans in favor of the bill.  It returns Monday night for the third reading.  There are significant differences between Senate Bill 8 as it passed the Senate and the version in front of the House.  There also are still considerable issues of contention, including provisions for virtual schools, removal of economic barriers for students to attend charter schools, provisions for encouraging diversity, the pace of growth of the charter schools, and governance.  Underlying many of these concerns is the potential for the creation of a dual school system to the disadvantage of traditional public schools.

To help make clear the distinctions in legislation, we have posted on our legislative program website a chart to compare the current law to the Senate and House version of Senate Bill 8 and to House Bill 247, which provides an alternative approach.  You can get to this chart by clicking here.


Also this week, the Senate Education/Higher Education gave a favorable report to Senate Bill 423, Educ. Oversight Comm. Study of Teacher Tenure, which as its short title suggests, provides for a report on teacher tenure, requiring an interim report to the 2012 session and final report to the 2013 session of the General Assembly. 

In Senate Judiciary I, legislators gave a favorable report to a committee substitute of Senate Bill 394, Clarify Process/Reportable Offenses in Schools.  This version expands when principals have to report from “personal knowledge” or “actual notice from school personnel” to also include “reasonable belief” that one of the specified criminal acts has occurred.  These terms are not further defined nor is there more explanation of what constitutes reporting the acts “immediately.”  The bill removes the possible misdemeanor for failure to report and adds that willful failure can be a basis for dismissal.  It also prevents the State Board from adding to the specified list.

Activity on other related bills that have an impact on education include House Bill 87, Sunshine Amendment which was referred to the House Rules committee this week.  House Bill 427, Run and You’re Done, a bill that likely would increase the sale of vehicles - proceeds of which go to public schools – received a favorable report in the Judiciary B subcommittee and is placed on House calendar for 4/11/2011.

House Bill 334, Report on Fitness Testing in Schools has been amended to clarify that no additional reports to the State Board are required from school districts.  The bill has been re-referred to the Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education.

 

Among bills introduced this week –

With the bill filing deadline in the House, numerous bills were introduced this week.  Among these are House Bill 766 and Senate Bill 479 – Testing in the Schools (discussed in more depth below in looking ahead to next week).  Also are two bills worked out by various education associations and stakeholders, Senate Bill 466, Modify Teacher Career Status Law and House Bill 736, Amend Law Re: Student Discipline.  These are both lengthy, detailed bills that are significant for school districts.  Of concern is House Bill 822, Dropout Recovery Program, that would provide a pilot for the State Board to approve “education partners” –for profit or not for profit entities - that would receive 95% of the ADM funds from a school district for serving students in a dropout recovery program.  There are numerous other bills important in education.  They will be discussed in future legislative updates.

 

Below is a listing of all public education-related bills introduced this week: 

HB 588 The Founding Principles Act (Brubaker)
HB 592 Study County Public-Private Partnerships (Collins, Howard, Tolson, Carney)
HB 593 Allow County Public-Private Partnerships (Collins
)
HB 595 Reorganization/Legislative Oversight Comns. (Barnhart, Burr)
HB 623 Eliminate Agency Final Decision Authority
(McCormick, Stevens, Cleveland, Glazier)
HB 625 Bill of Rights/Deaf/Hearing Impaired (Blackwell, Farmer-Butterfield)
HB 627 Study Efficiency and Cost Savings/State Govt. (Blackwell, Crawford)
HB 657 Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights (McGrady, Holloway, Fisher, Hurley)
HB 665 Require Drivers Education for All Drivers (Boles)
HB 681 Study of American Indian Mascots at Schools (Graham, Pierce, Brandon)
HB 685 Government Transparency Act of 2011 (Blust, LaRoque)
HB 695 Family/School/Community Compacts (Bordsen)
HB 700 Auto-Enroll in Supplemental Retirement Plan (Bordsen)
HB 719 Suspension Removed When Eligibility Met (Brawley)
HB 720 School & Teacher Paperwork Reduction Act (Murry, Blust, Brandon)
HB 727 Amend Dropout Prevention Grants (Parmon, Hamilton, Fisher)
HB 730 Local Bds. of Education/403(b) Option (Fisher)
HB 736 Amend Law Re: School Discipline (Langdon, Luebke, Daughtry, Lucas)
HB 744 Safe Students Act (Folwell, R. Brown, Hastings, Torbett)
HB 758 Establish Arts Education Commission (Carney, Glazier, Adams, Johnson)
HB 765 Study Length of School Year (Lewis)
HB 766 Testing in Public Schools (Cotham, Holloway, Keever, Graham)
HB 769 High School Work Partnership (Cotham, Lewis, Holloway, Hall)
HB 770 Reduce and Prevent School Discipline Problems (Cotham, Brandon, Glazier)
HB 785 Salary Funds/ Spend Only for Salaries (Blust)
HB 790 Enact Employee Fair Classification Act (Glazier, Brandon, Ross, Bordsen)
HB 793 Full-Services Community Schools Pilot Program (Cotham, Brandon, Jackson)
HB 794 Modify Teacher Career Status Law (Cotham, M. Alexander, Keever, Johnson)
HB 815 Teachers/Isolated K-12 Schools (West, Haire)
HB 823 Governance of the Dep’t of Public Instruction (Holloway, Hilton, Brubaker, Blackwell)
HB 826 Coverage for Treatment of Autism Disorders (Parfitt, Glazier, Keever, Murry)
HB 822 Dropout Recovery Pilot Program (Holloway, Hilton, Blackwell, Langdon)
HB 829 Streamline Education Planning Responsibility (Cotham, Glazier, Holloway, Blackwell)
HB 831 Multiple Birth Sibling Classroom Placement (Murry)
HB 836 Compensation Study /State Bds. and Comms. (McElraft)
HB 837 Completion of CPR by Students Required (Carney, Justice)
HB 840  Healthier and Greener Schools Act (Harrison, Cotham, Carney, Glazier)
HB 855 Personal Learning Plan for Each Child (Brandon)
HB 856 Funding Formula for NC Virtual Public Schools (Langdon, Stevens)
SB 520 The Founding Principles Act (Vaughn)
SB 535 APA: Modify Final Administrative Decisions (Hartsell)

 


Looking ahead to next week –

Calendars are provided at the beginning of this report based on information available Friday afternoon.  Among the bills that will be discussed next week is Senate Bill 479, Testing in Public Schools and the companion bill in the House, HB 766.  The difference in these bills is that the Senate version provides for a pilot of innovative test methods in US History.  Otherwise, the two bills are the same in outlining alternative assessment strategies, including diagnostic assessment of students in the 8th and 10th grade, use of nationally and internationally benchmarked tests, and continuation with the Common Core State Standards.

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 House Bill 48 urged the General Assembly to work with the State Board.  The concepts in Senate Bill 479 have been extensively reviewed by groups that include legislators and educators.

 

 

Listing of Bills with Impact on Students and Public Schools

(bills listed in BOLD had action the week of April 4 - 7)

 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:
    4/7/2011 Withdrawn from Judiciary Subcommittee A, 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:
    4/4/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.
    4/7/2011 Withdrawn from committee, re-referred to the Senate Committee on Health Care.

 

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:
    4/06/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.
     

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
    4/4/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the House.
    4/5/2011 Passed 1st Reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on State and Local Government.

 

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
    4/07/2011 Withdrawn from calendar, re-referred to the Committee on Education/Higher Education.
     

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

  • Recent Action
    4/04/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the House.
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on State and Local Government.
     

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 427 Run and You’re Done (Faircloth, Folwell, H. Warren, Shepard)
An Act to provide for the seizure, forfeiture, and sale of motor vehicles used by defendants in felony cases involving speeding to elude arrest.

  • Recent Action
    4/07/2011 Favorable report in the Judiciary B subcommittee, placed on House calendar for 4/11/2011.

 

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

 

HB 588 The Founding Principles Act (Brubaker)
An Act to enact the Founding Principles Act.

  • Recent Action:
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 592 Study County Public-Private Partnerships (Collins, Howard, Tolson, Carney)
An Act to study whether to authorize counties to enter into public private partnerships and to provide communications services through public private partnerships.

  • Recent Action:
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Public Utilities, if favorable, Finance.
 

HB 593 Allow County Public-Private Partnerships (Collins)
An Act to authorize counties to enter into public private partnerships and to allow counties to provide communications services through public private partnerships.

  • Recent Action:
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Public Utilities, if favorable, Finance.
 

HB 595 Reorganization/Legislative Oversight Comns. (Barnhart, Burr)
An Act changing the structure of certain legislative committees and commissions, transferring the duties of certain committees and commissions to other committees and commissions, changing the composition of various legislative committees and commissions, and making conforming changes.

  • Recent Action:
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.
     

HB 623 Eliminate Agency Final Decision Authority (McCormick, Stevens, Cleveland, Glazier)
An Act to modify the procedures concerning final administrative decisions in contested cases heard by the office of administrative hearings.

  • Recent Action:
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Judiciary Subcommittee A.

 

HB 625 Bill of Rights/Deaf/Hearing Impaired (Blackwell, Farmer-Butterfield)
An Act establishing a bill of rights for children who are deaf or hearing impaired.

  • Recent Action:
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Judiciary Subcommittee A.

 

HB 627 Study Efficiency and Cost Savings/State Govt. (Blackwell, Crawford)
An Act to establish the Joint Legislative Efficiency and Cost Savings in State Government Study Commission.

  • Recent Action:
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

 

HB 657 Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights (McGrady, Holloway, Fisher, Hurley)
A House Resolution expressing support for healthy and active children in North Carolina and encouraging children to participate in outdoor activities.

  • Recent Action:
    4/05/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

 

HB 665 Require Drivers Education for All Drivers (Boles)
An Act to require the completion of an approved drivers education course before a person may be issued a drivers license and to provide that a person who moves to this state who has a valid drivers license issued from another state that required a drivers education course before the issuance of a drivers license may receive a North Carolina drivers license.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Transportation, if favorable Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House.
 

HB 681  Study of American Indian Mascots at Schools (Graham, Pierce, Brandon)
An Act to study the use of American Indian mascots at public schools.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

 

HB 685 Government Transparency Act of 2011 (Blust, LaRoque)
An Act to strengthen confidence in government by increasing accessibility to public personnel hiring, firing, and performance records and other governmental records and meetings, to require the audio or video recording of closed sessions of public body meetings, to amend the public records laws to provide that the successful plaintiff in a public records dispute is entitled to reasonable attorneys' fees, to impose individual liability for civil penalties for failure to provide access to a public record without good cause, and to create the open government unit of the department of justice.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Judiciary Subcommittee A, if favorable, Finance.

 

HB 695 Family/School/Community Compacts (Bordsen)
An Act to provide for a family-school compact for every student.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

HB 700 Auto-Enroll in Supplemental Retirement Plan (Bordsen)
An Act to require participating employers to auto enroll new members of the state retirement systems in a supplemental retirement plan with the provision that these employees may opt out of the plan within 90 days with a full return of any contributions made.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on State Personnel.

 
HB 719  Suspension Removed When Eligibility Met (Brawley)
An Act to require the division of Motor Vehicles to expunge suspensions and revocations entered on a limited permittee or provisional licensee's driving record if the student provides the required documentation to the division that the student meets the eligibility requirements and if the limited permittee or provisional licensee has never had a prior expunction from the permittee's driving record.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Judiciary Subcommittee B. 

 

HB 720 School & Teacher Paperwork Reduction Act (Murry, Blust, Brandon)
An Act to enact the School and Teacher Paperwork Reduction Act. 

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

  

HB 727 Amend Dropout Prevention Grants (Parmon, Hamilton, Fisher)
An Act to amend the criteria used by the Committee on Dropout Prevention to award the dropout prevention grants, to direct the Committee on Dropout Prevention to use evaluations from prior grant cycles to identify evidence based programmatic elements that are effective and replicable, and to allocate funds to study high schools that have significantly reduced their dropout rate to identify programs that merit replication and assess the progress of programs that are no longer receiving dropout prevention grants.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

 HB 730  Local Bds of Education/403(b) Option (Fisher)
An Act to authorize the Department of State Treasurer to create a centralized 403 (b) retirement annuity plan as an option for employees of local board of education.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable Finance. 

 

HB 736  Amend Law Re: School Discipline (Langdon, Luebke, Daughtry, Lucas)
An Act to reorganize the general statutes relating to school discipline; prevent litigation by adding definitions to and clarifying ambiguities in the current law; codify existing case law; and increase local control and flexibility regarding discipline.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 744 Safe Students Act

(Folwell, R. Brown, Hastings, Torbett)

An Act to enact the Safe Students Act.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 758 Establish Arts Education Commission (Carney, Glazier, Adams, Johnson)
An Act to establish the Arts Education Commission.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 765 Study Length of School Year (Lewis)
An Act to establish a blue ribbon commission to study the current length of the school year in North Carolina and to determine how long the school year should be. 

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

 

HB 766 Testing in Public Schools (Cotham, Holloway, Keever, Graham)
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; and diagnostic tools to assist in teaching and student learning.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 769 High School Work Partnership (Cotham, Lewis, Holloway, Hall)
An Act directing local boards of education to adopt and implement policies that encourage high school to work partnerships.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 770  Reduce and Prevent School Discipline Problems (Cotham, Brandon, Glazier)
An Act to amend the school discipline law to reduce and prevent disruptive behaviors, suspensions, and expulsions.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 785 Salary Funds/ Spend Only for Salaries (Blust)
An Act To provide that funds budgeted for salaries and wages shall only be expended for those items.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

 

HB 790 Enact Employee Fair Classification Act (Glazier, Brandon, Ross, Bordsen)
An Act amending the labor laws of North Carolina to enact the Employee Fair Classification Act.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Commerce and Job Development.

 

HB 793 Full-Services Community Schools Pilot Program (Cotham, Brandon, Jackson)
An Act to establish the full-service community schools pilot program.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 794  Modify Teacher Career Status Law (Cotham, M. Alexander, Keever, Johnson)
An Act to modify the law relating to career status for pubic school teachers.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on State Personnel.

 

HB 815 Teachers/Isolated K-12 Schools (West, Haire)
An Act to amend a budget provision on teachers in geographically isolated k 12 schools to remove a limitation

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

 

HB 823 Governance of the Dep’t of Public Instruction (Holloway, Hilton, Brubaker, Blackwell)
An Act to amend the North Carolina Constitution to make the Superintendent of Public Instruction the head of the Department of Public Instruction, to make the State Board of Education an advisory body, to modify the membership of the State Board of Education, and to make conforming changes to the general statutes.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable Finance.

 

HB 822 Dropout Recovery Pilot Program (Holloway, Hilton, Blackwell, Langdon)
An Act directing the State Board of Education to implement a Dropout Prevention Pilot Program.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 826  Coverage for Treatment of Autism Disorders

(Parfitt, Glazier, Keever, Murry)

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:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Health and Human Service, if favorable, Insurance.

 

HB 829 Streamline Education Planning Responsibility

(Cotham, Glazier, Holloway, Blackwell)

An Act to streamline public school planning responsibilities.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 831 Multiple Birth Sibling Classroom Placement (Murry)
An Act to allow parents or guardians to make the decision regarding classroom placement for multiple birth siblings.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.


HB 836 Compensation Study /State Bds. and Comms. (McElraft)
An Act creating the study committee on the compensation of state board and commission employees.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

 

HB 837 Completion of CPR by Students Required (Carney, Justice)
An Act to make successful completion of instruction in CPR a requirement for high school graduation.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 840  Healthier and Greener Schools Act (Harrison, Cotham, Carney, Glazier)
An Act to enact the Healthy Schools Act of 2011.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education, if favorable Appropriations.

 

HB 855 Personal Learning Plan for Each Child (Brandon)
An Act to require the public schools to provide a personal education plan for every student.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education.

 

HB 856 Funding Formula for NC Virtual Public Schools (Langdon, Stevens)
An Act regarding the implementation of North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) Program.

  • Recent Action:
    4/07/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

 

 

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:
    4/6/2011 Placed on calendar for 4/7/2011
    4/7/2011 Failed concur. in committee substitute
    4/7/2011 Conference committee appointed
                                                                                                                                

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:
    4/6/2011 Favorable report in the House Education Committee, re-referred to the House Finance Committee.
     

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:
    4/5/2011 Ratified
    4/6/2011 Presented to the Governor.
     

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:
    4/7/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House.
     

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:
    4/5/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House.
     

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:
    4/6/2011 Favorable report in the Senate Education/Higher Education.
    4/7/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd Reading in the Senate.
     

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.

  • Recent Action:
    4/04/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Education/Higher Education, if favorable Appropriations.
    Calendared for 4/13/2011.

 

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.

  • Recent Action:
    3/31/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Education/Higher Education.
    Calendared for 4/13/2011.

 

SB 520 The Founding Principles Act (Vaughn)
An Act to enact the Founding Principles Act.

  • Recent Action:
    4/06/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

 

SB 535 APA: Modify Final Administrative Decisions (Hartsell)
An Act to modify the procedures concerning final administrative decisions in contested cases heard by the office of administrative hearings.
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