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April 15, 2011: Legislative Update

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

April 16, 2011 

Meetings April 18 - 21


 
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 466 Spend 65% of Funds in the Classroom
         HB 736 Amend Law Re: School Discipline
         HB 769 High School to Work Partnership
         HB 792 Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act
         HB 829 Streamline Education Planning Responsibility

    
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 (schedule not posted at time of report)

4:00 p.m.
Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, 421 LOB
 
Thursday Committee Meetings
8:30 a.m.
Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, 421 LOB

 

 

Summary of Key Legislation and Additional Resources


This has been a long week.  The House and Senate held sessions today - on Saturday.  Many budget meetings were held on top of the schedule for the policy committee meetings.  Tensions ran high on the charter school bill passed Monday night by the House.  And there is an increasing sense of pressure to get bills heard in committee before the looming May 12 crossover deadline.


On the budget –
The big news is the budget.  The budget proposal and special provisions by the House Education Appropriation Subcommittee are available on our website at http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/resources-for-legislators. A breakdown of the impact of these cuts is available on the Department’s Financial and Business Services webpage under “What’s New,” http://www.ncpublicschools.org/fbs/.  Please return to this link as resources will be added.  For copies of all documents shared in the committee process, go to the committee’s webpage at http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/DocumentSites/browseDocSite.asp?nID=101&sFolderName=\2011%20Session. What follows is a brief synopsis of key components of the budget and the process ahead.

After the Senate and House Education Appropriation Subcommittees had met jointly for reviewing budget information since the beginning of the session, during the closed door discussions over the past couple of weeks, the committee chairs parted to develop separate budget proposals for the House and Senate.  On Tuesday, the House subcommittee chairs shared the budget proposals.  It calls for a 10.5% reduction across education spending – including public schools, community colleges, and UNC.  For public schools, the budget proposal cuts the continuation budget by 8.8% ($694 million).  This is on top of an existing requirement for school districts to find $305 million in their budgets to cut, bringing the total cut of the public schools’ continuation budget to 13.28%.

Budget chairs emphasized wanting to spare teachers.  The guaranteed allotment for classroom teachers (which is based on ratios of teachers to students) was not reduced; however, classroom teachers are paid from other allotment categories that were significantly reduced. Requirements for allocation of teachers and class size in grades K-3 remain. Further, special provisions provide that no more teacher positions can be eliminated this year at the local level as a part of addressing the now $347 million reversion than were cut last year in the $305 million reduction.  This will be especially challenging for school districts that worked hard last year to minimize cuts to teachers as it will be harder to continue to find sources outside of this allotment for cuts.  As school districts look for cuts, the reality is that they are likely to have to consider cuts of teaching positions funded through other allotment categories as there simply will be few options available.

Under the proposed budget for 2011-12, public schools will have to find $347 million to cut from their budgets while also facing deep cuts in the allotments that they may have gone to for finding these funds, including a 49% cut to the teacher assistant allotment ($258.6 million reduction), a 21% reduction to the allotment for assistant principals (24.8 million reduction), as well as reductions of 10% or more to at-risk student services, noninstructional support personnel, limited English proficiency, academically or intellectually gifted) and central office administrations (combined $116.3 million reduction). 

Some categories have smaller cuts but will pose significant challenges for school districts.  For example the transportation allotment is cut by $20.7 million – 5% cut.  However, given the steep increases experienced in fuel prices from the budged $2.21/gallon to the current $3.39/gallon contributes an additional budget shortfall of $17.9 million.

Allocations not facing reductions are not listed in the proposed budget.  Key allocations that have not been cut are the Disadvantaged Student Supplemental Fund, the low wealth fund, and the small county fund.  School districts likely will have to use some of these funds for making up the $347 million reduction.

The Department of Public Instruction is slated for even higher rates of cuts of 25.5% resulting in the loss of 71.5 positions (excluding special programs).  These cuts – on top of cuts in recent years – will substantially alter the kinds of services the Department is able to provide to teachers and other school personnel.  The Department is also in the process of determining the impact of such deep cuts on its ability to deliver the agreed upon services in the $400 million Race to the Top grant awarded by the federal government to the state.  This grant relies on state-funded positions for some of the work required for implementation of the programs. The state has been in a process of developing and implementing a new curriculum and evaluation instruments for teachers and principals.  The loss of positions in curriculum (36% of the staff) and the elimination of the entire section for educator recruitment and development mean that school districts will face these substantial changes without the necessary training and other tools that the Department has been planning to provide.  This will be especially challenging for schools as their budgets for assistant principals and central office are cut so that there will not be resources for teachers locally.  Further, the 42% reduction in class room materials and supplies along with the special provisions’ prohibition of the State Board adopting new textbooks means that teachers will not have the access they need to materials related to the new curriculum.

There are numerous other cuts to the Department that affect local reforms.  For example, the elimination of the NC Professional Teaching Standards Commission takes away the teaching working conditions survey.  This has been the vehicle for teachers to submit survey information that is compiled by the Commission and reported back to the community on the conditions at schools and is used in the personnel evaluation of the principal.  The very successful district and school transformation program is cut by 22% meaning that roughly one-fifth of schools identified as low performing and in need of assistance will receive little or no help. 

The move of More at Four to the Department of Health and Human Services also has a significant impact.  On our website, we provide information on the effectiveness of this program.  We are concerned that this shift, along with other changes required by the budget proposal, will transform this program from a successful prekindergarten educational program to a child-care subsidy.  We also are concerned that the requirement of a parent copay could make this program not available to those families that need it the most.  We will be providing additional information on this issue.

Numerous other cuts deserve attention, including eliminating the Teacher Academy, the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and the Governor’s School (beginning 2012-2013). 

In terms of the process, the house education appropriations subcommittee will continue to meet next week.  We expect that they will take informal recommendations from changes from committee members on Tuesday and begin the process of formal amendments on Wednesday.  Legislators can propose restoring funding for particular categories but must identify a source of funds.  This essentially means finding some other program to cut, which is extremely difficult given the existing leanness of the budget due to cuts over the past few years.  We expect the budget will come to the House floor within a couple of weeks.


In terms of education-related legislation discussed this week –

Senate Bill 8, No Cap on Number of Charter Schools had its third reading in the House Monday night.  After substantial discussion, it passed, 68-51. After failing concurrence in the Senate, a conference committee was appointed on Thursday of Senator Richard Stevens (R), Senator Dan Soucek (R), Senator Malcolm Graham (D), Representative Skip Stam (R), Representative Ruth Samuelson (R), and Representative Marcus Brandon (D).  Senator Stevens and Representative Stam likely will serve as co-chairs.  All of the members of the conference committee voted in favor of Senate Bill 8.  (In the Senate, the only Democrats voting in favor of the bill were Senators Ellie Kinnaird and Malcolm Graham voting in favor on the 2nd and 3rd reading and Senator Linda Garrou on the 2nd reading; in the House, the only Democrat voting in favor of Senate Bill 8 was Representative Marcus Brandon.)  There is little precedence for conference committees so far in this session so it is unclear what process they will use.  Any conference committee bill will be first taken to the Senate.  A comparison of the versions of Senate Bill 8 as it passed the Senate and House is available at our legislative webpage, http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/resources-for-legislators.

The companion bills on new students’ assessments at the high school level, Senate Bill 479, Testing in Public Schools and House Bill 766, Testing in Public Schools, both made progress this week.  They both received unanimous favorable reports from the policy committees.  The Senate version has ben re-referred to the Senate Appropriation/Base Budget Committee.  The House version passed its 2nd and 3rd reading and goes to the Senate.  As described in earlier legislative updates, these bills are 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 and House Bill 766 have been extensively reviewed by groups that include legislators and educators.

The Senate Education Committee give a favorable report to the committee substitute for Senate Bill 466, Modify Teacher Career Status Law, a bill with significant changes to the evaluation and teacher dismissal process.  It was put forward by the North Carolina Association of Educators, North Carolina Association of School Administrators, and the North Carolina School Boards Association.  It was on the calendar for the Senate floor on Saturday, but was withdrawn and is on the calendar for Monday, April 18.

The Senate Education Committee also gave a favorable report to Senate Bill 498, Modify Law Re: Corporal Punishment, which changes current law to require parents to elect on a school form at the beginning of the school year that corporal punishment may be administered. Currently, seventeen local boards allow corporal punishment.  This bill also was on the calendar for the Senate floor on Saturday, but was withdrawn and is on the calendar for Monday, April 18.

Another bill of interest to school districts, Senate Bill 394, Clarify Process/Reportable Offenses in School, passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the Senate and will now be picked up in the House.  This bill limits criminal offenses that principals must report to law enforcement to those specifically listed in the bill and removes the criminal penalty for failure to report. 

House Bill 427, Run and You’re Done, adds impoundment procedures for a motor vehicle when a person charged with a felon speeds to elude arrest.  The net proceeds of sales of such vehicles go to public schools.  The bill passed 2nd reading in the House on April 11.  Its 3rd reading was postponed and may be calendared for Tuesday, April 19.


Among bills introduced this week –

Last year, the General Assembly passed legislation required a transfer of the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, the North Carolina School for the Deaf, and the Governor Morehead School for the Blind from the Department of Health and Human Services to the State Board of Education.  With this legislation, it also eliminated the principal positions at the three schools and all of the Office of Educational Services in DHHS that had provided support to the schools.  House Bill 866, Transition Residential Schools to DPI, addresses some of the issues in making this transfer and restores the principal positions and a small number of other support positions to be located on the school campuses. 


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

HB 860 NC Science Competitions Program Ctr. Funds (Jeffus, Tolson, Fisher, and Glazier)
HB 866 Transition Residential Schools to DPI (Glazier, Insko)
SB 535 APA: Modify Final Administrative Decisions (Hartsell)
SB 558 Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days (McKissisk, Kinnaird)
SB 576 Changes to Fees for Teacher Certification (Hartsell, Tillman, Preston)
SB 585 State Health Plan/Study Pretax Contribution (Brunstetter)
SB 617 LRC Study Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Mgmt (Atwater)

 

Looking ahead to next week –

Calendars available on Friday are included in the schedule listed at the beginning of the update.

The House Education Committee will take up HB 466, Spend 65% Funds in the Classroom, sponsored by Representative John Blust.  It makes the following requirement:
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the State Board of Education shall modify its allotment formulas, modify its rules regarding the expenditure of State funds, and transfer funds, as necessary, to ensure that each local administrative unit spends on classroom instruction at least sixty five percent (65%) of the State funding it receives for the operations of the public schools. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to implement this section."
The Department’s Financial and Business Services is evaluating the impact of this provision on public schools. 

Among other bills being heard by the House Education Committee includes HB 736, Amend Law Re: School Discipline, which is a comprehensive rewrite of the discipline statutes.  Numerous education organizations were involved in preparing the draft legislation.

 

Listing of Bills with Impact on Students and Public Schools

(bills listed in BOLD had action the week of April 11 - 14)

 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
    4/11/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the House.
    4/12/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Program Evaluation.

 

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
    4/13/2011 Favorable report in the State Personnel Committee, placed on calendar for 4/14/2011.
    4/14/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the House.
     

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
    4/11/2011 Passed 2nd reading.
    4/14/2011 Postponed till 4/ 19/ 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
    4/11/2011 Withdrawn from the Government Committee, referred to the House Education Committee.

 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 Action
    4/11/2011 Withdrawn from the Government Committee, referred to the House Education Committee.

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:
    4/11/2011 Favorable report in the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.
    4/12/2011 Placed on calendar for 4/13/2011.
    4/13/2011 Passed 2nd reading.
    4/14/2011 Amendment adopted, passed 3rd reading, ordered engrossed.

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:
    4/13/2011 Favorable report in the House Education Committee, placed on calendar for 4/14/2011.
    4/14/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the House.

 

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.
    4/11/2011 Serial Referral to Judiciary is stricken.

 

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.

 

HB 860 NC Science Competitions Program Ctr. Funds (Jeffus, Tolson, Fisher, and Glazier)
An Act to appropriate funds to the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center, Inc., to create the North Carolina Science Competitions Program Center to establish and support science competitions in all counties of the state to prepare students for an economy based on technology and innovation.

  • Recent Action:
    4/11/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

HB 866 Transition Residential Schools to DPI (Glazier, Insko)
An Act to provide the state board of education with the authority to assume governance and operation of the eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, The North Carolina School for the Deaf, and the Governor Morehead School for the Blind, to provide funding for oversight of these schools, to repeal unnecessary statutes related to oversight of the residential schools by the Department of Health and Human Services, and to provide funds to the Department of Public Instruction for proper oversight of the residential schools.
4/14/2011 Filed

 

 

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:
    4/11/2011 Amendment failed, passed 3rd reading in the House.
    4/12/2011 Received in the House for concurrence.
    4/13/2011 Placed on House calendar for 4/14/2011
    4/14/2011 Committee substitute failed concurrence, conference committee appointed.

 

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:
    4/14/2011 Favorable report in the Committee on Government, placed on House calendar for 4/18/2011.

 

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:
    4/11/2011 Committee substitute received a favorable report, committee substitute adopted.
    4/12/2011 Withdrawn from calendar, placed on calendar for 4/13/2011.
    4/13/2011 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the Senate.

 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:
    4/12/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the House Committee on 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:
    4/14/2011 Favorable report in the Committee on Education/Higher Education. Committee substitute adopted.

 

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:
    4/14/2011 Favorable report in the Education/Higher Education Committee, referred to the Appropriations/Base Budget Committee.

 

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:
    4/14/2011 Favorable report in the Senate Education/Higher Education Committee.

 

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.

  • Recent Action:
    4/12/2011 Passed 1st reading in the Senate, referred to the Judiciary I Committee.

 

SB 558 Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days (McKissisk, Kinnaird)
An Act providing for healthy families and healthy workplaces by ensuring that all workers have paid sick days to address their own health needs and the health needs of their families.

  • Recent Action:
    4/12/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

SB 576 Changes to Fees for Teacher Certification (Hartsell, Tillman, Preston)
An Act to modify the fees for teacher certification and administrative changes to certification.

  • Recent Action:
    4/14/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Education/Higher Education. If favorable, re-referred to Finance.

SB 585 State Health Plan/Study Pretax Contribution (Brunstetter)
An act to study the replacement of The State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees with a pretax contribution to employees to provide for their own health insurance, as well as other possible changes.

  • Recent Action:
    4/14/2011 Passed 1st reading in the House, referred to the Committee on Insurance.

SB 617 LRC Study Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Mgmt (Atwater)
An Act to require the Legislative Research Commission to study implementation of federal food allergy and anaphylaxis management guidelines in public schools.
4/14/2011 Filed

 

 

 

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