• Legislative News from Jones Street
    May 14, 2010


    Greetings from the office of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


    The General Assembly reconvened at noon on Wednesday, May 12, for the short session of the biennium. The House Speaker, Joe Hackney quickly held a news conference and announced the House Democratic Caucus objectives for the short session: jobs, education, fiscal responsibility, and accountability. The Speaker stated the caucus would work on legislation that will provide as many jobs for North Carolinians as possible. He will continue to work to provide all children in North Carolina a quality education, balance the state budget while continuing to meet the needs of North Carolinians and support legislation that provides transparency and ethics in state government.


    The Senate Appropriations Chairs have worked several weeks prior to the beginning of the Session on their budget and had planned to release the education component of the Senate budget this morning (Friday, May 14).  However, the Senate Appropriations Committee meeting was cancelled early today and an announcement has not been forthcoming regarding the rescheduling of the meeting.


    The 2010 Bill Filing deadlines are as follows:


    -  House and Senate Study Commission Bills – to Bill Drafting, May 12 – Filed, May 19.
    -  House and Senate Budget Bills – to Bill Drafting, May 14 – Filed, May 25.
    -  House and Senate Local Bills – to Bill Drafting, May 19 – Filed, May 26.
    -  House and Senate Bills Sate Pension – to Bill Drafting, May 19 – Filed, May 26.


    Bill Activity for the Week of May 12-14:


    There were 46 House bills filed and 22 Senate bills filed during the first week of the 2010 Session.  Following are the bills pertinent to K-12 education:


    -  HB 1292  Employment of Noncertified School Personnel (Rep’s. Jeffus, Womble, Lucas, Harrison). An Act to Amend the Law Regarding the Dismissal, Demotion, or Suspension of Noncertified School Employees.
    -  HB 6666  Davie School Board (Rep. Howard). An Act to Change the Number of Members of the Davie County Board of Education from Six to Seven and Change the Terms of Office from Six Years to Four Years.                 
    -  HB 1669  Require EVAAS in Schools (Rep’s. Tolson, McLawhorn, Lucas)
    -  SB 1139  (Sen. Foriest) Companion Bills. An Act to Require School Improvement Teams to Use EVAAS or a Compatible System to Collect Diagnostic Information on Students and to Use that Information to Improve Student Achievement as Recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.
    -  HB 1676  Substitute Teacher Unemployment (Rep’s. Jeffus, Bell, Glazier)
    -  SB 1143  (Sen. Foriest) Companion Bills. An Act to Restore a Balance to the Law on Unemployment Compensation for Substitute Teachers as Recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.
    -  HB 1682   Ban. Corp. Punish. for Children W/Disab (Rep’s. Alexander, Lucas, Glazier)
    -  SB 1138  (Sen. Foriest) Companion Bills. An Act to Prohibit the Use of Corporal Punishment for Students with Disabilities as Recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.
    -  HB 1683  Amend Sunset/Children W/Disab (Rep’s. Yongue, Warren, Lucas)
    -  SB 1140  (Sen. Foriest) Companion Bills. An Act to Delay the Sunset of an Act Pertaining to the Discipline and Homebound Instruction of Students with Disabilities as Recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.
    -  HB 1684  EVAAS Funds (Rep’s McLawhorn, Glazier, Rapp). An Act to Appropriate Funds to the Department of Pubic Instruction to Ensure that EVAAS is Available in Every School System and Charter School in North Carolina.
    -  HB 1700  Career Acad. As Coop. Innov. High School (Rep’s. Yongue, Glazier, Braxton). An Act to Expand Models of Cooperative Innovative High School Programs to Include Five-Year Career Academies Within Existing Schools and to Require that Career Academies Approved as Cooperative Innovative High Schools not Receive a Separate School Code and that Records be Maintained for Students Enrolled in the Career Academies, as Recommended by the Joint Legislative Joining Our Businesses and Schools (JOBS) Study.
    -  HB 1719  Add’l Flex./Coop. Innovative High Schools (Rep’s Yongue, Glazier, Braxton). An Act to Provide Additional Operating Flexibility to Cooperative Innovative High Schools, as Recommended by the Joint Legislative Joining Our Businesses and Schools (JOBS) Study Commission.
    -  HB 1725  School Support Division Changes (Rep’s. Tolson, Yongue, Lucas)
    -  SB 1142  (Sen. Foriest) Companion Bills. An Act to Require the State Board of Education to Allocate Up to Two Million Dollars to Support Positions in the School Support Division at the Department of Public Instruction and to Use the Funds Also to Help Local School Administrative Units with Green Building Design Oversight and Architectural Support for Functional and Sanitary Environmental Practices as Recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.
    -  HB 1726  Improve Child Care Nutritional/Activity Stnds (Rep’s. Yongue, McLawhorn, Weiss). An Act to Require the Child Care Commission, in Consultation with the Division of Child Development of the Department of Health and Human Services, to Develop Improved Nutrition Standards for Child Care Facilities, and to Direct the Division of Child Development to Study and Recommend Guidelines for Increased Levels of Physical Activity in Child Care Facilities, as Recommended by the Joint Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity.
    -  HB 1728  Carteret Schools May Administer Oath (Rep. McElraft)
    -  SB 1115  (Sen. Preston) Companion Bills. An Act to Authorize Principals in the Carteret County Public Schools to Administer Oaths for Student Admission.
    -  SB 1116  Study/Early Childhood Education and Care (Sen. Blue). An Act to Establish the Joint Legislative Study Committee on the Consolidation of Early Childhood Education and Care as Recommended by the Task Force on the Consolidation of Early Childhood Education and Care.
    -  SB 1117  Consolidated Report/Early Care & Education (Sen. Blue).  An Act to Provide for a Consolidated Annual Report for Various Early Care and Education Programs as Recommended by the Task Force on the Consolidation of Early Childhood Education and Care.
    -  SB 1118  Consolidate Payment/Early Care & Ed Provider ( Sen. Blue). An Act to Provide for the Consolidation of Payments Made by Multiple Public and Private Agencies to Early Child Care and Education Providers as Recommended by the Task Force on the Consolidation of Early Childhood Education and Child Care.
    -  SB 1119  Consolidate Regulation/Early Care & Ed Provider (Sen. Blue). An Act Providing for the Consolidation of All Regulatory Functions Regarding the Monitoring of Private Early Care and Education Providers for Compliance with the More at Four Program as Recommended by the Task Force on the Consolidation of Early Childhood Education and Care.
    -  SB 1141  Task Force on Sports Injuries in Schools (Sen. Foriest). An Act to Establish the Legislative Task Force on Sports Injuries as Recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.
    -  SB 1152  Study Child Nutrition Program (Sen. Purcell). An Act Authorizing the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Division to Study Indirect Costs Under Child Nutrition Programs, as Recommended by the Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity.
    -  SB 1153  Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity (Sen. Purcell). An Act to Reestablish the Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity, as Recommended by the Legislative Task Force on childhood Obesity.


    Next week’s legislative schedule includes a rescheduling of the Senate Education Appropriations Committee for the release of the Senate’s Education budget. Following this meeting, the assumption is that the full Senate Appropriations Committee will meet and vote on the entire Senate budget.


    Both the House and Senate will hold regular Sessions.


    We would appreciate receiving any comments or suggestions, or if we can assist you, please let us know.


    Thank you.


    Chris Minard
    Legislative Liaison
    North Carolina State Board of Education
    919-807-4035
    cminard@dpi.state.nc.us