April 13, 2017 Legislative Update
Education Issues Are On The Move
The North Carolina General Assembly moved several education-related bills over the last few weeks. With the passing of filing deadlines, the bills reviewed below are set to be addressed, which will provide a better understanding of the possible legislative changes during this 2017 long session. Below you will find a list of select active education bills that may be of interest to you.
The General Assembly is taking a week long break and will return next week to continue session.
Active Education Bills
HB 117: Protect Students in Schools
HB 149: Students W/ Dyslexia and Dyscalculia
HB 302: DoDEA/Clinical Educators for Student Teaching
SB 78, which heads to the Senate floor, authorizes the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to study costs incurred in complying with Federal mandates. This would provide a method of examining the amount of actual federal dollars the state could use in program implementation and education spending.
SB 234 would increase state funding for administrative positions, including principals and assistant principals, by 7% for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The funds would then be given to superintendents in a block grant to award to administrators at their discretion.
SB 234 creates a principal bonus program to be awarded to principals beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. The bonus would be $2,600 to all principals, and would not count towards retirement compensation.
SB 234 gives assistant principals a monthly salary based on the salary schedule for teachers who are classified as “A” educators plus an additional 13%.
SB 234 creates a need based capital fund to be administered by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The grants shall be awarded to tier one and tier two counties to assist with their capital needs.
SB 252: North Carolina Teaching Fellows
SB 447 would give school districts with a high percentage of low performing schools the ability to grow teachers from within the school system. This would be accomplished by providing tuition assistance awards to Teacher Assistants to support them in obtaining a college degree and earn a teaching license.
SB 448 would provide school districts another tool to fill hard-to-staff subjects by allowing faculty from community colleges and universities to work as adjunct instructors in the K-12 setting.
SB 517: NC New Teacher Support Act
SB 598: Future Teachers of NC
SB 598 also allows students that enroll in these programs to have the opportunity to earn dual credit upon completion of the program.
Submitted by Bryan Holloway