NCSBA Legislative Update – August 11, 2023

The summer pause for the NC General Assembly rolls on and while there wasn’t any legislative action, news was still being made. On Monday, Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland)  told reporters that final passage of the state budget will not occur until after Labor Day. According to Moore, there are still a few dozen issues left to negotiate between the two chambers.

The veto override votes that were  on the House calendar for Tuesday, August 15th have once again been rescheduled. HB219: Charter School OmnibusHB 618: Charter School Review Board, and HB 574: Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, have been pushed back one additional day to Wednesday, August 16th.

The Senate is slated to hold votes next Wednesday as well. SB 49: Parents’ Bill of Rights is still in the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate. It is unclear when the override vote will occur.

The National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate in Charlotte WFAE-FM has been reporting on the increased numbers of students attending private schools and the decrease in the number of students served by public schools.

WFAE: NC Private School Enrollment Has Grown 24% in Four Years, New Data Show
WFAE: Analysis: North Carolina’s Public School Districts Serve A Shrinking Share of School Age Kids

This reporting must be considered against the backdrop of legislative actions this session. Both the House and Senate budgets contained a massive expansion of private school vouchers through the Opportunity Scholarship Program. Beyond the line items in the budget, the House has passed HB823: Choose Your School, Choose Your Future. That bill is now waiting to be taken up by the Senate.

More reporting by WFAE has uncovered an example of the type of fraud that is possible when voucher programs lack accountability.

WFAE: Charlotte’s Elusive Voucher School: Some Answers and Some Lingering Questions
WFAE: Charlotte Voucher School Evicted After Questions About Its Location and Founder

LEAD Training
Join NCSBA and your RESA for our new  LEAD training program! The governmental relations team will be sharing a legislative update at each session. Also planned is governance training on a topic selected by the board chairs and superintendents in the region. NCSBA President Darrell Pennell will be on hand to present the Bell Award for whole-board achievement. For agenda and registration information, click here. Feel free to attend the session convenient for you.
Monday, August 14, 2-5 p.m. | Northeast Regional Education Service Alliance
Tuesday, August 15, 8-11 a.m. | Southeast Education Alliance
Thursday, August 17, 9-12 p.m. | Sandhills Region Education Consortium
Friday, August 18, 11-2 p.m. | Southwest Education Alliance
Thursday, August 31, 8-11 a.m. | Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance
Thursday, August 31, 4:30-7 p.m. | Piedmont-Triad Education Consortium
Wednesday, September 6, 8-11 a.m. | Northwest Regional Education Service Alliance
Thursday, September 7, 11-2 p.m. | Western Regional Education Service Alliance

The following is the Consortium of State School Boards Association’s (COSSBA) most recent federal education report.

August 11, 2023 Headlines From the Weekly Report Include:

Education Department Announces K-12 Cybersecurity Measures: The US Department of Education is taking steps to help schools shore up cybersecurity. The Department has released three K-12 Digital Infrastructure briefs, including “K-12 Digital Infrastructure Brief: Defensible and Resilient“, which was co-authored by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). In addition, on Monday August 7th, the White House hosted a meeting of education, industry and advocacy groups titled: Back to School Safely: Cybersecurity Summit for K-12 Schools.

The following are recent news articles, reports, and press releases on state and national education-related issues.

State News
North State Journal: State Superintendent Reports Incredible Gains In K-3 Literacy
EdNC: State Board of Education: New Reading Data, Parental Leave, and A Call To Support Public Schools
WRAL: Paid Parental Leave Rules Now In Place For 200,000 NC School Employees. Here’s What They Are
WUNC: As GOP Negotiations Drag, North Carolina Budget Not Expected Until September
WGHP: North Carolina House Again Delays Votes to Override Vetoes – and Apparently The Passage of a New State Budget
Spectrum News: North Carolina State Budget Won’t Become Law Until September, House Leader Says
News & Observer: Hundreds of Thousands of NC Students Are Chronically Absent. Why Aren’t They In School?

National News
K-12 Dive: 3 Key Best Practices From White House K-12 Cybersecurity Summit
Education Week: What’s The Purpose of Standards In Education? An Explainer

No committee meetings have been scheduled at this time.
Bruce Mildwurf
Director of Governmental Relations
NC School Boards Association

Madison Skeens
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
NC School Boards Association

Rob Black
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
NC School Boards Association

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