• Legislative News from Jones Street
    June 11, 2010


    Greetings from the North Carolina State Board of Education.


    During the first legislative session of the week, the Senate promptly voted not to concur with the House version of the budget. The formal vote indicates the two chambers will negotiate differences and develop a final budget for the Governor’s approval and signature prior to the beginning of the 2010 Fiscal Year. Conferees were appointed by the President Pro Tem of the Senate and the Speaker of the House. The full Appropriations Chairs from both chambers met with their respective subcommittee chairs and released the budget targets. The total Education target was set at $10,768,361,616 with the Senate education target of $10,871,248,043 and the House education target of $10,685,416,387. The education budget includes the universities, community colleges and public schools. The cuts to the universities in the House budget were slightly more than 3.6 percent, and 0.45 percent in the Senate budget. Public schools were cut 3.9 percent in the House budget and 3.5 percent in the Senate budget. However, the House budget did reduce the number of line item decreases to public schools and utilized lottery funds to provide additional dollars to both the universities and to public schools.


    Both chambers continue to be concerned regarding FMAP (Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage) and both chambers are in the process of developing contingency budget plans in the event the federal funding does not materialize. The latest information from Washington does appear more positive for passage than it appeared last week. There are 34 states that need these funds in order to have a balanced budget. The FMAP funds are a component of the JOBS Bill.  


    To date, there have been 416 House bills and 343 Senate bills filed. Following are the legislative activity pertinent to K-12 education:


    *  HB 636 School Calendar Flexibility/Inclement Weather - House concurred with Senate Committee Substitute, sent to the Governor.


    *  HB 1669 Require Use EVAAS in Schools - Passed 2nd and 3rd Reading and sent to the Senate.


    *  HB 1676 Substitute Teacher Unemployment - Passed 2nd and 3rd Reading and sent to the Senate.


    *  HB 1682 Corp. Punishment for Children w/ Disabilit. - Passed 2nd and 3rd Reading and sent to the Senate.


    *  HB 1683 Amend Sunset/Children w/ Disab. - Withdrawn from Calendar and re-referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.


    *  HB 1694 Comsn. On Children with Special Needs Dentist  - Passed 2nd and 3rd Reading and sent to the Governor.


    *  HB 1699 Education Cabinet Est. STEM Priority – Favorable Report, re-referred to the House Education Committee.


    *  HB 1757 Physical Education and Activity in Schools – Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and re-referred to the House Committee on Education.


    *  HB 1782 Consolidated Report/Early Care & Education - Favorable Report, re-referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.


    *  HB 1784 Consolidate Payments/Early Care & Ed. Provider - Favorable Report, re-referred to the House Appropriations Committee.


    *  SB 1117 Consolidated Report/Early Care & Education - Passed 2nd and 3rd Reading in the Senate and sent to the House.


    *  SB 1118 Consolidate Payments/Early Care & Ed. Provider - Re-referred to the House Committee on Education, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.


    *  SB 1141 Task Force on Sports Injuries in Schools - Passed by the Senate and referred to the House Committee on Education, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.


    *  SB 1246 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate - Referred to the House Committee on Education.


    *  SB 1248 Early Indentif. & Interv. For At-Risk Students - Withdrawn from calendar, re-referred to the Senate Committee on Appropriation/Base Budget.


    *  SB 1286 Screen for BMI Children CCNC Network - Referred to the House Committee on Health, if favorable, Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House.


    *  HB 1728 Carteret Schools May Administer Oath - Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and re-referred to the House Judiciary III Committee.


    *  HB 1753 School Bus Railroad Crossing Exception - Favorable Report, calendared on House floor for 6.14.2010.


    *  HB 1772 (SB 1264) Cherokee School Board Terms - Favorable Report, re-referred to the House Committee on Election Law and Campaign Finance Reform.


    *  SB 1263 Brevard Charter Amendment - Passed 2nd and 3rd Reading in the Senate and sent to the House.


    *  SB 1264 (HB 1772) Cherokee School Board Terms - Placed on Senate calendar for 6.16.2010.


    *  SB 1359 Amend Highlands Scholarship Fund - Passed 2nd and 3rd Reading in the Senate and sent to the House.


    On a special note, Governor Perdue signed into law a bill that requires health insurance plans to cover hearing aids for people younger than 21 years old. The Governor praised the bill as a tool to help children move ahead academically in school and for hearing impaired children to more successfully integrate into the classroom.


    The following bills pertinent to K-12 education are scheduled to be heard in committees next week:
    -  HB 1669 Require use of EVAAS in Schools
    -  HB 1684 No High School Graduation Project Required
    -  HB 1879 Study Raising the Compulsory Attendance Age
    -  HB 2029 Amend Tenure Law: Re: Teacher RIFs
    -  SB 1198 Education Cabinet Establish STEM Priority
    -  SB 1199 NC Biotechnology and Agriscience School
    -  SB 1201 Add’l Flexibility/Cooperative Innovative High School
    -  SB 1202 Career Academy as Cooperative Innovative High School


    The legislative calendar for next week requires the Education Subcommittee Chairs to review the targets, make recommendations and report back to the full Appropriations Chairs in both chambers. The budget differences between the House and Senate version of the budget will be negotiated during the next few weeks. The adoption of the Conference Report is scheduled for June 29, 2010.


    Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.  


    Chris Minard
    Legislative Liaison
    State Board of Education