June 13, 2018 Legislative Update

 

   

Note from the Executive Director

As the North Carolina General Assembly concludes this session, I would like to clarify PENC’s position on a couple of recent issues. PENC cares greatly about our educators, and we have worked diligently to garner support in the NC Legislature to ensure our teachers receive the compensation they deserve.

In regard to the rally on May 16th, we believe that North Carolina teachers had the right to assemble and had just cause to do so. We recognize that public schools are underfunded and that teachers are not paid the salary that they deserve. However, we were forced to distance ourselves from this particular rally because it was publicly called a “strike,” and our charter prohibits any union-like activity.

In addition, our May 29, 2018, statement about salary increases for veteran teachers lacked clarity. The $700 salary increase for veteran teachers was indeed paltry. We did cite one small victory: this was not a bonus, but an increase in salary. Thus, it cannot be rescinded after a year, and it will contribute positively to retirement balances. We are not satisfied, and you should not be either.

PENC is a non-partisan organization that continues to lobby on behalf of educators. Our contract lobbyist works with legislators on both sides of the aisle to advocate for funding and for across-the-board raises to address the neglect of our veteran teachers. We are here for you, and we will never stop working to promote the education profession in the state of North Carolina.

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PENC in legislators offices working very hard for educators.

Pictured above from left to right: PENC Executive Director Bill Medlin, Senator Jerry Tillman Finance Chairman; former Education Chair of Senate.

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Pictured below from left to right: PENC lobbyist Bryan Holloway, PENC Executive Director Bill Medlin, and Representative Jeffrey Elmore. 

 Pictured above from left to right: Bryan Holloway, Representative Jeffrey Elmore, Education Appropriations and Policy Chairman, and PENC Executive Director Bill Medlin.

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Pictured below from left to right: Representative Graig Meyer, Bryan Holloway, PENC Executive Director Bill Medlin. 

 

Pictured above from left to right: Lobbyist Bryan Holloway, Representative Graig Meyer, PENC Executive Director Bill Medlin.

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Pictured below: Representative Pat Hurley reviewing PENC legislative priorities with PENC Executive Director Bill Medlin and Bryan Holloway. 

 

Pictured above from left to right: Executive Director Bill Medlin, Representative Pat Hurley, Education Appropriations Chairwoman and Chair of Aging, and Bryan Holloway. 

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Pictured below from left to right: Bryan Holloway, Representative Edward Hanes, and PENC Executive Director Bill Medlin. 

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Pictured below: Representative Kyle Hall is the son of two retired educators; he Chairs the Environment and Natural Resources Appropriations. Bryan Holloway and Executive Director Bill Medlin. 

Pictured above from left to right: Bryan Holloway, Representative Kyle Hall, Chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Appropriations and PENC Executive Director Bill Medlin.

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PENC will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of educators and the children of North Carolina.


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The following is an overview of recent North Carolina General Assembly activity of interest to stakeholders of public education in North Carolina.Short Session

2018 Budget Summary

Last week, the North Carolina General Assembly unveiled and passed Senate Bill 99, their negotiated $23.9 billion state budget that was rolled into a conference that could not be amended. The chambers held a joint appropriations meeting to explain the budget, but this was one of the quickest resolved budget documents in some time.  The document could not be amended in a conference report form, which means they did not use the typical committee process to create the budget. 

Below is a full summary of Senate Bill 99:

Compensation

  • Teachers – Provides 6.5% average pay increase for teachers that includes a $700 annual increase for teachers of 25 years or more of service and provides a $385 bonus for those veteran teachers not receiving a pay increase under the 2018-19 salary schedule, shown below.
  • Also provides funding to make 4th-5th grade reading bonus program and 4th-8th grade math bonus program recurring.
  • Principals – Provides a 6.9% average pay increase effective July 1 for principals that reflects a $12 million new investment and a 13.1 percent cumulative two-year increase on average. The revised pay schedule is reflected below.
  • Assistant Principals – Uses $5.4 million to Increase assistant principal pay by 2%, moving them to 19% above teachers on the “A” teacher salary schedule, as stated as intent in the 2017 budget law.
  • For additional changes related to school-based administrator compensation, which culminates a two-year investment of $52.4 million in these two sectors of education leaders, see the joint press release from the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) and core affiliate, the North Carolina Principals and Assistant principals’ Association (NCPAPA).
  • Central Office and Non-Certified Personnel – Increases pay for all other school personnel by 2%.
  • Retirees – Provides one-time 1% cost of living adjustment/bonus for retirees.

ADM

Base

Met Growth

Exceeded Growth

0-400

$66,000

$72,611

$79,212

401-700

$69,311

$76,242

$83,171

701-1,000

$72,611

$79,872

$87,133

1001-1,300

$75,912

$83,503

$91,094

1,301+

$79,212

$87,133

$95,054

 

Years of Experience

2017-18

2018-19

0

$3,500

$3,500

1

$3,600

$3,600

2

$3,630

$3,700

3

$3,730

$3,800

4

$3,730

$3,900

5

$3,830

$4,000

6

$3,830

$4,100

7

$3,930

$4,200

8

$3,930

$4,300

9

$4,055

$4,400

10

$4,055

$4,500

11

$4,205

$4,600

12

$4,205

$4,700

13

$4,355

$4,800

14

$4,355

$4,900

15

$4,555

$5,000

16

$4,630

$5,000

17

$4,730

$5,000

18

$4,730

$5,000

19

$4,830

$5,000

20

$4,830

$5,000

21

$4,930

$5,000

22

$4,930

$5,000

23

$5,000

$5,000

24

$5,000

$5,000

25+

$5,130

$5,200

 

School Safety

  • School Resource Officers (SRO) – Expands SROs grant to provide elementary and middle school SROs with $5 million in recurring, new funds, which is $12 million total. Grants will be matched on the basis of $2.00 in state funds to every $1.00 of non-state funds.
  • Students in Crisis – Allots $2 million in nonrecurring grant services to community partners for children in crisis.
  • School Safety Training – Establishes a $3 million, nonrecurring grant for school safety training for school mental health personnel and students.
  • Safety Equipment in Schools – Allots a $3 million, nonrecurring grant for safety equipment in schools.
  • School Mental Health Personnel – Establishes a $10 million, nonrecurring grant for additional school mental health personnel with flexibility for the LEAs to hire additional psychologists, social workers, counselors, and nurses, depending on local needs.
  • Anonymous Safety Reporting- Allots $5 million in nonrecurring funds to anonymous reporting mediums such as hotlines and cell phone applications (SpeakUp NC app). The bill also requires all governing bodies of public schools to operate an anonymous tip line.

Other Budget Items

  • Allows cities to use property tax revenue for public education, including allowing them to fund traditional public schools and charter schools.
  • Increases Children with Disabilities allotment to $4,442.34 per child.
  • Increases Academically Gifted Children allotment to $1,339.14 per child.
  • Appropriates $140,000 to the Department of Public Instruction to improve the teacher licensure process.
  • Extends the Advanced Teaching Roles Pilot for five years.
  • Extends the virtual charter school pilot project an additional four years.
  • Appropriates $117.3 million in lottery proceeds, which includes $42.3 million more than the $75 million earmarked in 2017, for need-based capital grants for tier one and two counties.
  • Shifts $2.4 million of the Digital Learning Plan initiative to non-recurring funding.
  • Funds $61.4 million recurring for enhancement teachers as promised in the K-3 compromise that was enacted in House Bill 90 in February.
  • Increases bonus funds for each student taught by an advanced course teacher for Advanced Placement (AP) courses and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program courses (IB) by $50 per student.
  • Reduces funds for School Business System Modernization by $200,000 non-recurring.
  • Expands 6th and 7th grades CTE grants by $470,000 in recurring funds and $230,000 non-recurring.
  • Establishes State Computer Science Plan to expand computer science offerings to all students.
  • Expands Teacher Assistant Tuition Reimbursement Program to an additional 19 districts.
  • Maintains the textbook and digital resource funding at 2017-18 levels.
  • Expands the special education vouchers by $3 million.
  • Provides 28 small grants to various local programs or small non-profits.
  • Requires a roll call vote on most State Board of Education motions.
  • Creates a New Schools that Lead pilot program to assist with ongoing teacher professional development.
  • Establishes three new lab schools at UNC-Wilmington, Appalachian State University and East Carolina University.
  • Eliminates $18 million in appropriations for school technology from the fines and forfeitures fund.
  • Allots $50 million in additional, federal funding to reduce the pre-k waiting list.
Submitted by Bryan Holloway
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