Legislative Updates & Alerts

NCSBA Legislative Update – January 14, 2022

 

On Tuesday, the State Board of Elections announced that candidate filing for the 2022 primary elections, as well as rescheduled municipal elections, will resume at 8:00 a.m. on February 24 and will end at 12:00 pm on March 4, under an order issued by the Superior Court of Wake County.

 

A three-judge panel reached a unanimous decision to uphold State legislative and congressional district maps that were being challenged in redistricting lawsuits. The order, issued on Tuesday, states: “This Court neither condones the enacted maps nor their anticipated potential results. Despite our disdain for having to deal with issues that potentially lead to results incompatible with democratic principles and subject our State to ridicule, this Court must remind itself that these maps are the result of a democratic process.”

This court’s decision is expected to be appealed to the State Supreme Court, which could result in an adjustment to the newly announced candidate filing period. Click here for an article that provides more information on this most recent court order and the legal arguments leading up to the decision.

 

On Wednesday, the Biden Administration announced that it will increase the number of COVID-19 tests available to schools by 10 million per month. According to the press release, “These additional tests will help schools safely remain open and implement screening testing and test to stay programs. With the additional ten million tests per month, we will make available to schools more than double the volume of testing that took place in schools across the nation in November 2021 (the most recent data available).”

Click here for the White House press release, which includes more information on the distribution of these additional tests.

 

On Wednesday, Governor Roy Cooper announced that State employees are allowed to use volunteer days to work as “substitute teachers, bus drivers, and cafeteria staff” in NC’s public schools. This is an effort to combat staff shortages in schools due to the current rise in COVID-19 cases.

“It is critical that we keep children learning in the classroom safely,” said Governor Cooper. “This policy will encourage State employees to lend a helping hand to our students at a time of severe staffing challenges for our public schools.”

Full-time State employees are eligible for 24 hours of paid community service leave each calendar year, and the Governor’s policy will allow these employees to use this paid leave while also receiving compensation earned from working in public schools. The policy is effective January 12 and ends on February 15.

Click here for the existing community service leave policy and click here for the temporary exception allowing expanded use of the policy in schools.

 

As of January 14,

  • 27 school districts have mask optional policies (four have mask optional policies with certain stipulations – see map below)
  • 88 school districts have mask mandates (two have mask mandates because the district reached a certain positivity rate)

The number of districts that require masks has increased by 19 since last Friday, January 7.

NCSBA continues to track local school boards’ mask policies as districts vote monthly on whether to modify their current policy (required by Section 10 of SB 654/SL 2021-130). Click here to access a chart of school board actions. If your school district changes its mask policy or you have corrections to the chart, please email information to Rebekah Howard at rhoward@ncsba.org.

 

On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an additional $361 million in the latest wave of Emergency Connectivity Fund support for schools and libraries. These funds will support nearly 654,000 connected devices and over 313,000 broadband connections. “The Emergency Connectivity Fund is the single largest effort to close the Homework Gap by bringing connectivity and devices to students and library patrons”, stated FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.

This seventh wave of funding brings the total commitment to nearly $4.2 billion since the program began on June 29, 2021, of which nearly $137 million has been committed to North Carolina.

Click here for the FCC press release. Click here for the Emergency Connectivity Fund webpage.

 

 

 

Bruce Mildwurf
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
bmildwurf@ncsba.org

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
rhoward@ncsba.org

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NCSBA Legislative Update – January 7, 2022

 

Today the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released updated guidance on diagnosis, symptoms, and exposure related to COVID-19 (see pages 15-16) in the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit. Additionally, a new test to stay exemption is included in the updated Toolkit (see bottom of page 16), with the following guidance:

Click here for the updated Toolkit. Click here for updated CDC guidance for K-12 schools.

As a reminder, per the Governor’s office, school districts can request testing kits and other testing support from DHHS as part of the StrongSchoolsNC K-12 COVID-19 Testing Program. Public schools can also request funding to hire additional school nursing support staff for school testing and other school-based health services. Please reach out to K12COVIDTesting@dhhs.nc.gov for more information.

Additionally, N95 masks are available for teachers and adult staff at no cost. Schools can request for N95 masks online. Please use the “Critical Infrastructure PPE Request Form” to ensure your request is prioritized for shipment.

 

As of January 7, 2022, 39 school districts allow masks to be optional, seven districts allow masks to be optional with certain stipulations (see map below for more information), and 69 districts require masks. The number of districts that require masks has increased by four since December 17, 2021.

NCSBA continues to track local school boards’ mask policies as districts vote monthly on whether to modify their current policy (required by Section 10 of SB 654/SL 2021-130). Click here to access a chart of school board actions. If your school district changes its mask policy or you have corrections to the chart, please email information to Rebekah Howard at rhoward@ncsba.org.

 

The State Board of Education met for its monthly meeting on Wednesday and Thursday. In addition to the presentation and approval of updates to DHHS’s StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit, the Board was presented with the following:

NC Standard Course of Study Internal Procedures Manual Update: During the December Board meeting, DPI presented its first draft of the NC Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS) Internal Procedures Manual, which provides a consistent approach in the development of standards. A follow up presentation was provided by DPI staff during this month’s meeting, which highlighted the inclusion of school districts in the development of the Internal Procedures Manual and the importance of continued transparency throughout the process of updating standards. Next, DPI will begin working on the NCSCOS External Implementation Guide.

Implementation of Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds Update: Board members received a comprehensive presentation on the spending of federal coronavirus relief funds. The following links provide details on specific allotments:

Additionally, Board Chair Eric Davis recognized Worley Edwards of Columbus County as the new Local School Board Advisor.

Click here to access all meeting materials.

 

 

 

Bruce Mildwurf
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
bmildwurf@ncsba.org

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
rhoward@ncsba.org

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NCSBA Legislative Update – December 3, 2021

 

Session Adjournment

The House and Senate have agreed to adjourn for 20 days. Both chambers passed HJR 979: Adjournment Resolution to adjourn the legislative session from December 10 to December 30. However, House Speaker Tim Moore said that he does not expect voting sessions before January 3, 2022. Upon return, legislators can address vetoes, court rejected district maps, litigation on session laws, conference reports, and a few other items.

HB 91: Accountability and Fair Play in Athletics

HB 91: Accountability and Fair Play in Athletics was signed into S.L. 2021-184 on November 23. This bill requires the State Board of Education (SBE) to either enter into a memorandum of understanding with a nonprofit to administer high school interscholastic athletics (which could be the NC High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) but is not required to be) or assign administration to DPI.

Authors of HB 91 (Senators Vickie Sawyer, R-Iredell; Todd Johnson, R-Union; and Tom McInnis, R-Richmond) say that the bill is a result of an ongoing investigation into the NCHSAA over the past two years concerning lack of transparency. The passage of this bill follows meetings between representatives of the NCHSAA, the SBE, Governor Cooper, and legislators from both parties. Click here for an official bill summary.

Local Election Bills

HB 400: Asheville City Sch. Bd. Appt/Elections (primary sponsors: Representatives Susan Fisher, D-Buncombe; Brian Turner, D-Buncombe; John Ager, D-Buncombe) passed the Senate on a voice vote, concurred in the House 103-0, and was chaptered into S.L. 2021-187. This bill changes the Asheville City Board of Education from an appointed board to an elected board and increases the number of board members from five to seven. Click here for an official bill summary.

HB 118: Buncombe School Bd. Election passed the Senate 26-20, with one Republican joining Democrats in opposition. The bill was then sent to the House for a concurrence vote but was instead referred to the House Rules Committee, which means action could be taken on the bill when the legislature reconvenes in January 2022. HB 118 changes the election method for the six Buncombe County Board of Education members that run from districts. Instead of being elected by voters from across Buncombe County, board members would only be elected by voters residing in their districts. HB 118 lists out requirements for the board in establishing and revising electoral districts. Click here for an official bill summary.

Bill Chart

Click here for a chart of all education-related bills that NCBSA is tracking.

 

On Tuesday, the NC Court of Appeals denied Superior Court Judge David Lee’s order for the transfer of over $1.7 billion from the unappropriated balance in the General Fund to fund the Leandro Comprehensive Remedial Plan. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1. According to the majority opinion, “‘the State must honor that judgement. But it is now up to the legislative and executive branches, in the discharge of their constitutional duties, to do so. The Separation of Powers Clause prevents the courts from stepping into the shoes of the other branches of government and assuming their constitutional duties. We have pronounced our judgement. If the other branches of government still ignore it, the remedy lies not with the courts, but at the ballot box.’”

This Court of Appeals decision follows State Controller Linda Comb’s request that the Court of Appeals either vacate Judge Lee’s order or prohibit Judge Lee from compelling her to perform any action required by the order. Click here for an article that provides more detail on the Court of Appeals decision and click here for an article that provides more detail on the State Controller’s request.

 

The State Board of Education met for its monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 1, and Thursday, December 2. During the meeting, the Board recognized Local Board of Education Advisor Brenda Stephens of Orange County for her service during the past year.

Additionally, the Board was presented with the following:

State budget review: DPI staff presented a summary of education-related sections of the recently signed State budget. Major points include an average 2.5% salary increase in each year of the biennium for teachers and most instructional support personnel and additional funding for school capital. The following are DPI budget resources:

COVID/ESSER/GEER expenditure update: In addition to a State budget review, Board members were also presented with an update on expended federal COVID relief funds. This chart organizes the funds by program and includes expiration dates, expenditures by fiscal year, and dollar amount and percentage of unexpended funds.

NC Standard Course of Study Internal Procedures Manual: Earlier this year, State Superintendent Catherine Truitt expressed concern about the development of the NC Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS) when the Board was in the process of approving new K-12 social studies standards. During this month’s meeting, DPI followed up by presenting the draft NCSCOS Internal Procedures Manual, which provides a consistent approach in the development of standards. While DPI had previously created and updated an internal procedures manual, Superintendent Truitt said that it is important to make this process more public and coherent. Next steps include finalizing the draft NCSCOS Internal Procedures Manual, seeking stakeholder feedback, and deploying a Needs Assessment to inform the External Implementation Guide.

Click here to access all meeting materials.

 

As of December 1, 31 school districts allow masks to be optional (one has a pending effective date) and eight districts allow masks to be optional with certain stipulations (see map below for more information). This leaves 76 school districts that continue to require masks for all students and staff. The number of districts with mask mandates has decreased by one since Friday, November 19.

NCSBA continues to track local school boards’ policies on school mask requirements as districts vote monthly on whether to modify their current policy (required by Section 10 of SB 654/SL 2021-130). Click here to access a chart of school board actions. If your school district changes its mask policy or you have corrections to the chart, please email information to Richard Bostic at rbostic@ncsba.org.

 

The Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, Subcommittee on Use and Distribution of Federal COVID Funding will meet at 9:00 am on both Tuesday, December 7, (live stream) and Wednesday, December 8 (live stream).

Since legislative action is not expected in the next few weeks, we will not be sending out weekly legislative updates. However, if there is a need to relay important education-related information, we will make sure you receive it.

An updated version of NCSBA’s 2021 Legislative Summary, which will include summaries of every education-related State budget provision, will be shared in the next week or two.

 

 

 

Bruce Mildwurf
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
bmildwurf@ncsba.org

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
rbostic@ncsba.org

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
rhoward@ncsba.org

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NCSBA Legislative Update – November 19, 2021

 

State Budget

After months of waiting, we finally have a State budget, SB 105: 2021 Appropriations Act/SL 2021-180. On Monday, a conference budget report was released, followed by bipartisan passage in the Senate (41-7) and the House (101-10). The budget was then quickly signed into law by the governor on Thursday afternoon.

This State budget enacts an average 5% raise over the biennium for teachers and most school employees and also provides bonuses. Noncertified school employees will receive a $13/hour minimum wage in the 2021-2022 fiscal year and a $15/hour minimum wage in the 2022-2023 fiscal year. There is an ADM hold harmless provision for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, as well as the creation of the new Public School Building Repair and Renovation Fund that will benefit all school districts. For more information on education-related provisions included in the State budget, click here to access NCSBA’s summaries.

The release and approval of this State budget follows roughly three months of conference committee negotiations, which included almost two months of private negotiations between Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. Despite a budget agreement not being reached with the governor, when announcing that he would sign the budget into law, Governor Cooper explained that it is because the good outweighs the bad. Following his signing of the budget, the governor stated, “I will continue to fight for progress where this budget falls short but believe that, on balance, it is an important step in the right direction.”

The total General Fund allocation is:

  • $25.9 billion in FY 2021-2022 (4.3% increase)
  • $27 billion in FY 2022-2023 (4.1% increase from FY 2021-2022)

For K-12 public education, the conference budget report appropriates:

  • $10.6 billion in FY 2021-2022 (5.9% increase)
  • $10.9 billion in FY 2022-2023 (3.1% increase from FY 2021-2022)

Click here for NCSBA’s summaries of the budget’s education provisions.
Click here for NCSBA’s summary of the budget’s education appropriations.
Click here for the budget bill.
Click here for the budget money report.

The Governmental Relations Team is working on a more in-depth summary of every education-related budget provision, which we will share with you in the coming weeks. Click here and here for articles on the budget.

HB 91: Accountability and Fair Play in Athletics

A conference report for HB 91: Accountability and Fair Play in Athletics passed the Senate (41-7) and the House (71-43) and has been sent to the Governor. This bill requires the State Board of Education (SBE) to either enter into a memorandum of understanding with a nonprofit to administer high school interscholastic athletics (which could be the NC High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) but is not required to be) or assign administration to DPI. The conference report removed multiple sections that were in the previous version of the bill, including a requirement that public school units (PSUs) submit an annual interscholastic athletic report and restrictions on enrollments and transfers.

Authors of the bill (Senators Vickie Sawyer, R-Iredell; Todd Johnson, R-Union; and Tom McInnis, R-Richmond) say that HB 91 is a result of an ongoing investigation into the NCHSAA over the past two years concerning lack of transparency. The presentation and passage of this conference report follows meetings between representatives of the NCHSAA, the SBE, Governor Cooper, and legislators from both parties. Additionally, the NCHSAA did not express opposition to the passage of HB 91.

Bill Chart

Click here for a chart of all education-related bills that NCBSA is tracking.

 

On Wednesday, November 10, Superior Court Judge David Lee held a hearing on the Leandro case and ordered the transfer of over $1.7 billion from the unappropriated balance in the General Fund to fund the Leandro Comprehensive Remedial Plan. This order follows the plaintiffs’ November 1st request that Judge Lee order this fund transfer and the defendants’ November 8th response that confirmed the availability of the funds. (Note: Defendants are represented by Attorney General Josh Stein’s office.)

Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore released a joint statement saying “This case has devolved into an attempt by politically allied lawyers and the Governor to enact the Governor’s preferred budget plan via court order, cutting out the legislature from its proper and constitutional role.” Click here and here for articles on the hearing, lawmakers’ responses, and what future action might be taken. Click here for a chart from NC Policy Watch that outlines how the State budget aligns with the Leandro Plan.

 

There have been many changes to local school boards’ mask policies over the past two weeks. 31 school districts allow masks to be optional (four have pending effective dates) and seven districts allow masks to be optional with certain stipulations (see map below for more information). This leaves 77 school districts that continue to require masks. For comparison, two weeks ago, 20 districts allowed masks to be optional, two districts had optional policies with certain stipulations, and 93 districts had mask mandates.

NCSBA continues to track local school boards’ policies on school mask requirements as districts vote monthly on whether to modify their current policy (required by Section 10 of SB 654/SL 2021-130). Click here to access a chart of school board actions. If your school district changes its mask policy or you have corrections to the chart, please email information to Richard Bostic at rbostic@ncsba.org.

 

Last week at NCSBA’s Annual Conference, the Delegate Assembly voted to approve the 2022 NCSBA Legislative Agenda. This Agenda is an amended version of the 2021 NCSBA Legislative Agenda. Usually, NCSBA creates one legislative agenda for the two-year legislative session, but due to the unprecedented circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, NCSBA’s Legislative Committee decided it would be best to have the option to make modifications to the 2021 Agenda prior to the 2022 legislative session.

The 2022 Agenda includes a new section titled “Virtual Instruction”, new language on waivers and ADM hold harmless, and a few minor word changes. The following are the Agenda’s priorities:

  1. COVID-19
  2. Pandemic Learning Loss
  3. Virtual Instruction
  4. Accountability
  5. School Construction/Capital
  6. School Safety
  7. Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent
  8. Early Learning
  9. Administrator Ethics Training
  10. Local Charter School Funding/Relations

Click here to access the 2022 NCSBA Legislative Agenda.

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NCSBA Legislative Update – November 5, 2021

 

Budget Negotiations

We have reached the fifth month of the new fiscal year as private budget negotiations continue between legislative leaders and the governor. This week’s budget news consists of Senate leader Phil Berger saying that legislative leaders remain “very, very far apart” on reaching a budget compromise with the governor. Senator Berger is also quoted saying “We’re probably getting real close to the point where we are going to have to just put together a conference report (between the House and the Senate) and submit it to the chambers for a vote.” House Speaker Tim Moore stated that he is hopeful that a budget proposal could be released the week after next. The legislature will be taking a break next week, but Speaker Moore said that budget negotiations with the governor will continue. Click here for an article on budget talk this week.

Distribution of Federal COVID Funding

The Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, Subcommittee on Use and Distribution on Federal COVID Funding held its first meeting on Wednesday and was presented with the following:

Redistricting

This week the General Assembly voted along party lines to approve legislative and congressional maps, which do not require the governor’s signature to become law.

Click here for an article on these new maps.

 

This week the State Board of Education met for its biannual planning and work session, as well as its monthly meeting. The following are presentations that were provided during the Board’s #NCBetheChange planning and work session:

Following the presentations, Board members reflected on the important work to be done. From social and emotional learning to school finance, Board members expressed the need to figure out what is working versus what is not, how to learn from schools and districts, and how to move forward with the Board’s strategic plan. In terms of implementing what the Board learned about education funding, State Superintendent Catherine Truitt voiced that more money does not always create better outcomes and that root cause analysis, as well as evaluations of new and existing programs, are key to improving many education issues.

Additionally, some Board members explained how they feel like they’ve been dealing with the same problems for years and really hope that now is the time that change will begin to take place. Along with operationalizing the Board’s strategic plan, the Board hopes to create a clear path forward that will withstand future changes in DPI leadership. Click here to access the planning and work session agenda, which includes additional information on presenters.

During the monthly meeting, the Board was presented with DPI Office of Learning Recovery and Acceleration’s draft research and evaluation plan pertaining to student’s lost instructional time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The term “lost instructional time” refers to disrupted student learning caused by unprecedented experiences, which DPI hopes to capture the impacts of by analyzing what student outcomes were (in 2018-2019), what they were predicted to be prior COVID-19, and what they are now. The hope is that this analysis will create a basis for long-term plans for student learning recovery and how to track progress. The Board will receive an update on the draft plan in its December meeting

Additionally, the Board approved DPI’s request to allocate $3.6 million in unallocated Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) II funds, including $200,000 for the development of a graduate profile that supports accountability reform. This “portrait of a graduate” is part of the Superintendent’s Operation Polaris, which is her four-year strategic vision, and will be utilized by school districts to identify the skills and knowledge that will allow students to excel in their post-secondary plans. Click here for an article on the “portrait of a graduate”.

The Board did not receive a COVID-19 update from DHHS this month, but it is worth noting that on Friday, October 29, the FDA authorized emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. We will provide updates to DHHS guidance when it is released.

Click here to access all meeting materials.

 

Average daily membership (ADM) data released by DPI shows that traditional public school student enrollment slightly increased since last school year but remains low compared to pre-pandemic levels. So far in the 2021-2022 school year, there has been a 0.8% gain from the 2020-2021 school year, but an overall 4.3% decrease from the 2019- 2020 school year. (This data comparison is based on the first month’s ADM for each school year.) The 4.3% decrease can be compared to the 0.2% decrease from 2018-2019 to 2019-2020. This EdNC article includes an interactive map that shows ADM changes for each school district.

 

This week, according to a court filing, plaintiffs in the Leandro case requested that Superior Court Judge David Lee order State leaders to transfer over $1.7 billion from the unappropriated balance in the General Fund to fund the Leandro Comprehensive Remedial Plan. This request follows an October 18 court hearing where Judge Lee gave plaintiffs a November 1 deadline to submit a proposed court order requiring the General Assembly to fund the Plan, followed by defendants submitting their response by November 8. After the defendant’s response is received, Judge Lee stated that he may either enter an order or convene another court hearing. The Plan reportedly costs $690.7 million to fund in 2021-2022 and $1.06 billion in 2022-2023.

Click here and here for articles on this proposed court order.

 

Many local school boards approved changes to their mask policy this week. 20 school districts allow masks to be optional (Randolph County is effective November 15). Surry County allows masks to be optional on a school-by-school basis, and Hyde County allows masks to be optional for vaccinated students and staff (effective November 15). This leaves 93 school districts that continue to require masks. For comparison, last week 13 school districts allowed masks to be optional and 102 required masks.

NCSBA continues to track local school boards’ policies on school mask requirements as districts vote monthly on whether to modify their current policy (required by Section 10 of SB 654/SL 2021-130). Click here to access a chart of school board actions. If your school district changes its mask policy or you have corrections to the chart, please email information to Richard Bostic at rbostic@ncsba.org.

 

We recently released our first edition of the NCSBA 2021 Legislative Summary. We will update the Summary as education-related bills become law, and we will also include all education-related budget provisions that become law.

Click here to access the NCSBA 2021 Legislative Summary. The Legislative Summary can also be accessed by going to this NCSBA webpage and clicking Annual Legislative Summaries, which will take you to a webpage that includes a link to the 2021 Summary, as well as past legislative summaries.

Additionally, click here for a chart that lists the status of education-related bills.

 

As of 2:30 pm on Friday, November 5, there are no education-related meetings scheduled.

Due to NCSBA’s Annual Conference being held on Thursday, November 11, and Friday, November 12, we will not be sending out a Legislative Update next week. However, if there is a need to relay important education-related information, we will make sure you receive it.

 

 

 

Bruce Mildwurf
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
bmildwurf@ncsba.org

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
rbostic@ncsba.org

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
rhoward@ncsba.org

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NCSBA Legislative Update – October 29, 2021

 

Budget Negotiations

On Tuesday, House Speaker Tim Moore said that there is a possibility of a budget vote as soon as next week, but Senate leadership stated just a few days later that a budget compromise is unlikely to occur by next week. Governor Roy Cooper addressed the budget during Tuesday’s Teacher Advisory Committee meeting, explaining that disagreement on education funding is one of the reasons for ongoing budget negotiations with Republican legislative leadership. Cooper noted forces working against public education, including attacks on curriculum and diversion of funds to unaccountable private school vouchers. While he is frustrated about not having a budget, Cooper said he does not want a bad budget that hurts education.

Budget disagreements are credited to education, healthcare, and taxes, but agreements have been reached on a majority of issues, including broadband and higher education construction projects. These announcements follow last week’s budget counteroffer from Republican legislative leaders and the first in-person budget negotiation meeting between legislative majority and minority leaders and the governor.

 

The Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee met on Tuesday to hear remarks from Governor Cooper (which can be found in the previous section), updates on the implementation of the Leandro Plan, and updates from the DRIVE Task Force (Developing a Representative and Inclusive Vision for Education).

Following Governor Cooper’s remarks on budget negotiations, Committee members voiced concerns about their own districts, including a teacher from Gaston County who said that there are 62 teacher openings in his district with zero applicants. Additionally, a teacher from Clinton City explained that mandatory educator trainings are cutting into weekends and personal time to the point that teachers are getting burnt out. Cooper acknowledged these issues and explained that teachers are leaving the profession for multiple reasons, including risks due to COVID-19 and lack of salary increases, which show the importance of investing more in public education.

The Committee meeting closed with member discussion, which included concern over the lack of certain stakeholders present in the Committee meetings. Specifically, there was a call to be more intentional about including State legislators because of the need for legislative action to implement the Leandro Plan. Click here for an article on the meeting that includes more on Committee member discussion. Click here to access the meeting agenda and materials.

 

This week the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) added a new FAQ related to K-12 schools and masks (on page 3). The updated guidance no longer recommends that school districts require all students and staff to wear masks in schools, but instead recommends mask mandates in communities with high or substantial rates of COVID-19 transmission. Communities with moderate to low levels of transmission can consider making masks optional for vaccinated individuals. When community transmission is at low levels, masks can be optional for everyone.

The updated guidance recommends that school districts base their mask requirements on county transmission rates, as defined by the CDC, which shows that all but two NC counties remain in the “high” and “substantial” categories. According to the CDC’s county map, Hyde County has low transmission rates and Nash County has moderate transmission rates (as of Friday afternoon).

In the new FAQ, DHHS notes that it will continue to reevaluate its COVID-19 guidance as more school-aged children become eligible for and receive the vaccine, which may be as early as the end of next week, according to a press release from Governor Cooper’s office. The press release says that more than 750 locations across the State are preparing to provide the vaccine to children 5 to 11 years old. Before the vaccine can be administered to this age group, the CDC needs to complete its review process, following Tuesday’s announcement by the FDA’s independent advisory panel recommending the use of Pfizer’s vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old.

 

Since last week’s update, six school boards across the State switched from a mandatory mask policy to a mask optional policy. Now, 13 school districts allow masks to be optional and 102 require masks.

NCSBA continues to track local school boards’ policies on school mask requirements as districts vote monthly on whether to modify their current policy (required by Section 10 of SB 654/SL 2021-130). Click here to access a chart of school board actions. If your school district changes its mask policy or you have corrections to the chart, please email information to Richard Bostic at rbostic@ncsba.org.

 

Last week we released our first edition of the NCSBA 2021 Legislative Summary. We will update the Summary as education-related bills become law, and we will also include all education-related budget provisions that become law.

Click here to access the NCSBA 2021 Legislative Summary. The Legislative Summary can also be accessed by going to this NCSBA webpage and clicking Annual Legislative Summaries, which will take you to a webpage that includes a link to the 2021 Summary, as well as past legislative summaries.

Additionally, click here for a chart that lists the status of education-related bills.

 

Monday, November 1

2:00 pm – House Redistricting Committee – Legislative Offices Building, rm 643 (live stream)

Wednesday, November 3

9:00 am – Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, Subcommittee on Use and Distribution on Federal COVID Funding – Legislative Building Auditorium (live stream)

Additional Education-Related Meeting

The State Board of Education will meet for its monthly meeting and fall planning session on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday next week.

 

 

 

Bruce Mildwurf
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
bmildwurf@ncsba.org

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
rbostic@ncsba.org

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
rhoward@ncsba.org

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NCSBA Legislative Update – October 22, 2021

 

Every year, NCSBA’s Governmental Relations Team provides a post-session summary of all education-related bills that have become law. Since it remains unclear when the General Assembly will adjourn, we felt now is as good a time as any to share with you summaries of bills that have become law so far this session. The GR Team will continue to update the document as additional bills become law. We will also include all education-related budget provisions, assuming that the governor and the legislature will come to an agreement on a new State budget (we remain hopeful).

Click here to access the NCSBA 2021 Legislative Summary, as of October 22, 2021. The Legislative Summary can also be accessed by going to this NCSBA webpage and clicking Annual Legislative Summaries, which will take you to a webpage that includes a link to the 2021 summary, as well as past legislative summaries.

Additionally, click here for a chart that lists the status of education-related bills.

 

Budget Negotiations

According to a news source, Republican legislative leaders sent a budget counteroffer to Governor Roy Cooper on Tuesday. This comes two weeks after Governor Cooper provided his initial counteroffer to the House and Senate’s budget compromise proposal.

According to another news source, lead budget writer, Representative Jason Saine, told reporters that the legislature’s budget counteroffer includes teacher raises closer to the House’s proposal, which is 5.5% over two years (rather than the Senate’s proposal of 3%). That is about half of the 10% teacher raise included in the Governor’s proposed budget released earlier this year. Saine believes that budget negotiations could take another week or two, and House Speaker Tim Moore explained, “We’re either getting to the point of having a compromise with the governor or simply proceeding with a legislative budget.”

SB 695: Various Education Changes

SB 695: Various Education Changes was signed into S.L. 2021-170 last Friday, October 15. This bill does the following:

  • Exempts principals granted a license for any school year from 2010-2011 to 2020-2021 from certain statutory licensure requirements and provides a waiver for certain individuals in the process of becoming a licensed principal
    • This provision is per the request of the State Board of Education and DPI
  • Allows LEAs to use a payroll deduction plan to pay eligible school personnel in 12 monthly installments
    • Language similar to HB 159, Section 1
  • Extends the submission of the Student Meal Debt Report from October 15, 2021, to October 15, 2023
    • Language similar to HB 159, Section 2
  • Authorizes public school units (PSUs) to hold State funds in local bank accounts for up to three business days after the date of drawing on the State funds, before making a final disbursement to the ultimate payee
    • This is a departure from the current cash management statute that requires the State Treasurer to keep money on deposit until final disbursement to the ultimate payee
    • In 2020, the State Treasurer’s office identified a problem during the pilot testing for the DPI School Business Modernization Development Process software implementation – without the change in this bill, the new software could potentially make PSUs out of compliance with the State Controller’s cash management statute
    • Language from HB 18

Click here for an official bill summary.

SB 496: DOI Omnibus Bill.-AB

SB 496: DOI Omnibus Bill.-AB (primary sponsors: Senators Todd Johnson, R-Union; Chuck Edwards, R-Henderson; Tom McInnis, R-Richmond) was modified and approved by the House Insurance Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee. Section 6 of this bill requires LEAs to provide the Commissioner of Insurance with a list of all its insurable buildings, equipment and contents of the building, and their insurance values by October 1 each year. Section 6 also requires LEAs to provide the Commissioner with copies of insurance policies when purchasing insurance from an authorized company. Click here for an official bill summary.

 

During a Leandro hearing on Monday, Superior Court Judge David Lee explained that he is not willing to wait for Republican legislative leaders and the governor to reach a budget compromise that may include funding for the Leandro Plan. Instead, he is giving the plaintiffs in the Leandro case until November 1 to submit a proposed court order that would require the General Assembly to fund the Plan. Then he will give the defendants (the State) until November 8 to respond to the proposal, after which Judge Lee may enter an order or convene another court hearing.

This week’s court hearing follows a hearing held on September 8, during which Judge Lee gave the General Assembly and the governor an October 18 deadline to fund the Plan, or he would explore his judicial powers to enforce the Plan’s implementation. The Plan reportedly costs $690.7 million to fund in 2021-2022 and $1.06 billion in 2022-2023. These funds would support the seven key areas outlined in a January 2020 consent order, including a high-quality teacher in each classroom, a high-quality principal in each school, and early education that ensures all students enter kindergarten on track for school success. Click here for an article on this week’s hearing.

Also on Monday, Senate leader Phil Berger’s office issued a press release pointing to data from the National Education Association showing that NC’s increase in per-pupil expenditures over the past decade mirrors the national 33% increase. This was followed by another press release that included quotes from Judge Lee during Monday’s hearing when he asked about a Kansas judge that ordered the closing of schools statewide. In the press release, Senator Berger explained that this is “another example of why the founders were right to divide power among the branches of government” and that “Judge Lee makes a mockery of our constitutional order with every additional hearing.” The press release also reiterated that the legislature is not a party in the Leandro case.

 

Currently, seven school districts allow masks to be optional and 108 districts require masks (pending confirmation on last night’s votes from Currituck, Durham, and Mitchell).

NCSBA continues to track local school boards’ policies on school mask requirements as districts vote monthly on whether to modify their current policy (required by Section 10 of SB 654/SL 2021-130). Click here to access a chart of school board actions. If your school district changes its mask policy or you have corrections to the chart, please email information to Richard Bostic at rbostic@ncsba.org.

 

Next Monday, October 25, and Tuesday, October 26, the House and Senate redistricting committees will hold public comment hearings on State House, State Senate, and congressional district maps. Click here to access the meeting schedule. Click here to submit public comment or to register to speak at the public hearings.

 

 

 

Bruce Mildwurf
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
bmildwurf@ncsba.org

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
rbostic@ncsba.org

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
rhoward@ncsba.org

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NCSBA Legislative Update – October 15, 2021

 

Budget Negotiations

Another week has come and gone as private budget negotiations continue between Republican legislative leaders and Governor Roy Cooper.

Status of Education-Related Bills

Click here for a chart that lists the status of education-related bills, including which bills have become session law.

 

This week the NC Task Force for Safer Schools met to hear comments from State leaders and to develop a statement on improving discourse at local school board meetings. The statement calls for adults to “demonstrate the behaviors we want our children to display” and to “prioritize working across differences to achieve our shared goal: a safe educational environment for our children.” (The complete statement is included at the end of this article.)

Governor Roy Cooper spoke to the Task Force about creating safer schools, especially through the lens of mental health. Cooper noted the importance of providing each student with access to a sound basic education by addressing how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected students’ mental health.

Attorney General Josh Stein discussed school safety and child gun violence, stating that “The number of child firearm deaths nearly doubled in just one year from 2019 to 2020, and that was true for older teens as well.” Task Force Chair Billy Lassiter also presented on gun violence, saying that 6,894 juvenile firearm offenses were received by Juvenile Justice (NC Department of Public Safety) in the past three years, with 5% (roughly 345) being school-based.

Click here for an article that includes the Task Force’s statement on discourse at local school board meetings, as well as comments from the Governor and Attorney General.

 

This week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that over $1.1 billion will be committed to the second wave of funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program. This amount will fund over 2.4 million devices and 1.9 million broadband connections for off-campus use by students and school staff. To date, roughly $2.4 billion has been committed to providing these services, of which over $93 million has been committed to North Carolina.

Nearly 60% of applications from the first filing window have been processed, and the second application window just closed this week. Click here for the FCC news release.

 

This week the Avery County school board voted to switch from its mandatory mask policy for students in grades 3-12 (which was only in effect for one week) back to a mask optional policy for all grades. Now, seven school districts allow masks to be optional and 108 districts require masks.

NCSBA continues to track local school boards’ policies on school mask requirements as districts vote monthly on whether to modify their current policy (required by Section 10 of SB 654/SL 2021-130). Click here to access a chart of school board actions. If your school district changes its mask policy or you have corrections to the chart, please email information to Richard Bostic at rbostic@ncsba.org.

 

 

 

Bruce Mildwurf
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
bmildwurf@ncsba.org

 

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
rbostic@ncsba.org

 

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
rhoward@ncsba.org

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NCSBA Legislative Update – October 8, 2021

 

The State Board of Education met for its monthly meeting this week and was presented with the following:

Local boards of education COVID-19 responsibilities: The Board’s General Counsel presented an overview of an addition to the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit, which explains that it is each local school board’s legal responsibility to take control measures against COVID-19 in schools. Control measures require a principal to report to the local health department anyone in a school who is reasonably suspected of having a communicable disease, like COVID-19. The local health director will then investigate the case, which may require school compliance in accessing records to help identify cases and close contacts. Next, the local health director is responsible for ensuring that all control measures (contact tracing, quarantine, isolation, and exclusion) are complied with. Click here for more information about local school boards’ legal responsibilities.

DHHS COVID-19 update: COVID-19 case rates remain high across the State. There are currently 258 active K-12 clusters (246 in public schools and 12 in private schools), compared to 72 one month ago. Based on data from August 26 through September 26, NC school districts with mask optional policies had an average of 17.2 clusters per 100 schools. This compares to an average of 6.9 clusters per 100 schools in NC school districts with consistent mask mandates that reported at least one cluster (see slide 8). Despite high case rates and increased K-12 clusters, all statewide COVID-19 metrics are on the decline.

Additionally, DHHS staff presented updates and additions to the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit:

2020-2021 Read to Achieve data: The Board was presented with annual Read to Achieve (RtA) data, which shows that a majority of students in first, second, and third grade did not demonstrate reading proficiency. Since testing was waived in the 2019-2020 school year, DPI staff compared the 2020-2021 results to 2018-2019:

  • The percentage of first graders demonstrating proficiency dropped from 71% to 39%
  • The percentage of second graders demonstrating proficiency dropped from 78% to 43%
  • The percentage of third graders demonstrating proficiency dropped from 57% to 44%

Although accountability was waived due to COVID-19, DPI staff and Board members expressed concern over these drastic drops in reading proficiency. The Board was also presented with data showing that at least 60% of K-3 teachers demonstrate factual knowledge in science of reading instruction, but less than 40% of K-3 teachers understand the application of this knowledge. Click here for an article on this presentation.

2021-2022 Read to Achieve implementation guide: The Board was also presented with RtA implementation guide updates. This guide is based on the implementation of the science of reading, which is required in SB 387: Excellent Public Schools Act of 2021/SL 2021-8. Sections 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 12 were added to the guide, which include curriculum alignment, literacy interventions, assessments, and data collection. The Board voted to approve these final sections of the implementation guide.

Federal COVID-19 spending update: The Board received an informative update on the status of North Carolina’s spending of federal COVID-19 relief funds. This presentation provides a summary of each round of funds based on their purpose, and this chart includes a description, spending deadline, and status of specific allotments from each round of funds.

Click here to access all meeting materials. Click here to access an article on the meeting.

 

Budget Negotiations

Budget negotiations are still ongoing between Republican legislative leaders and Governor Roy Cooper. Budget details continue to remain private as the State has entered its fourth month of the new fiscal year without an approved State budget.

SB 695: Various Education Changes

SB 695: Various Education Changes was approved by the Senate 49-0 and was sent to the Governor for his signature. This bill does the following:

  • Exempts principals granted a license for any school year from 2010-2011 to 2020-2021 from certain statutory licensure requirements and provides a waiver for certain individuals in the process of becoming a licensed principal
    • This provision is per the request of the State Board of Education and DPI
  • Allows LEAs to use a payroll deduction plan to pay eligible school personnel in 12 monthly installments
  • Extends the submission of the Student Meal Debt Report from October 15, 2021, to October 15, 2023
  • Authorizes public school units (PSUs) to hold State funds in local bank accounts for up to three business days after the date of drawing on the State funds, before making a final disbursement to the ultimate payee
    • This is a departure from the current cash management statute that requires the State Treasurer to keep money on deposit until final disbursement to the ultimate payee
    • In 2020, the State Treasurer’s office identified a problem during the pilot testing for the DPI School Business Modernization Development Process software implementation – without the change in this bill, the new software could potentially make PSUs out of compliance with the State Controller’s cash management statute
    • Language from HB 18

Click here for an official bill summary.

Local Election Bills

Both HB 400: Asheville City Sch. Bd. Appt/Elections (primary sponsors: Representatives Susan Fisher, D-Buncombe; Brian Turner, D-Buncombe; John Ager, D-Buncombe) and HB 118: Buncombe School Bd. Election were amended and passed by the Senate State and Local Government Committee. The amendment to HB 400 removed a section that was then added to HB 118.

The new version of HB 118 changes the election method for the six Buncombe County Board of Education members that run from districts. Instead of being elected by voters from across Buncombe County, board members would only be elected by voters residing in their districts. HB 118 lists out requirements for the board in establishing and revising electoral districts. Click here for an official bill summary.

HB 400 changes the Asheville City Board of Education from an appointed board to an elected board and increases the board from five to seven members. Both HB 400 and HB 118 have been referred to the Senate Rules Committee.

 

Currently, 108 school districts require masks, six districts allow masks to be optional, and one requires masks for students in grades 3-12.

NCSBA continues to track local school boards’ policies on school mask requirements as districts vote monthly on whether to modify their current policy (required by Section 10 of SB 654/SL 2021-130). Click here to access a chart of school board actions. If your school district changes its mask policy or you have corrections to the chart, please email information to Richard Bostic at rbostic@ncsba.org.

 

 

Bruce Mildwurf
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
bmildwurf@ncsba.org

 

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
rbostic@ncsba.org

 

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
rhoward@ncsba.org

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NCSBA Legislative Update – October 1, 2021

 

Local School Board Mask Policies

This week two attempts were made to amend the requirement that local school boards vote at least once a month on modifying their district’s face mask policy (required in SB 654/SL 2021-130). The proposed amendment would require local school boards, in consultation with their local health director, to establish public health metrics that would determine when the board should consider modifying its mask policy, though it would not prevent the board from voting on the policy more frequently.

Both amendments were proposed to be added to SB 695: Various Education Changes (more on this bill in the next section), one during the House Rules Committee meeting on Tuesday night and one on the House floor on Wednesday morning. The House floor amendment failed 41-51, with all Democrats and one Republican voting for the amendment. Supporters of the amendment explained that it was in response to the unruly and threatening behavior that has become common at local school board meetings, and that if a school board does not intend to change its mask policy, based on metrics, there is no need to vote on it every month.

This legislative effort to modify the monthly mask policy vote requirement follows a letter sent to legislators last week by NCSBA Director of Governmental Relations, Bruce Mildwurf, requesting a modification to the monthly vote requirement. Additionally, NCSBA Executive Director, Leanne Winner, and NCSBA President, Amy Churchill, sent a letter to Governor Cooper requesting assistance in alleviating the tension and disorder at many local school board meetings across the State. Click here, here, and here for articles on the amendment and letters.

NCSBA is continuing to work with the NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA) and the NC School Superintendents’ Association (NCSSA) to address COVID-related issues impacting local school districts. For more on school districts’ masks policies, see the Local School Board Mask Policies section below.

SB 695: Various Education Changes

SB 695: Various Education Changes was gutted, amended, and approved in the House Rules Committee meeting on Tuesday. This bill previously dealt with medical action plans for schools, but now does the following:

  • Exempts principals granted a license for any school year from 2010-2011 to 2020-2021 from certain statutory licensure requirements and provides a waiver for certain individuals in the process of becoming a licensed principal
    • This provision is per the request of the State Board of Education and DPI
  • Allows LEAs to use a payroll deduction plan to pay eligible school personnel in 12 monthly installments
  • Extends the submission of the Student Meal Debt Report from October 15, 2021, to October 15, 2023
  • Authorizes public school units (PSUs) to hold State funds in local bank accounts for up to three business days after the date of drawing on the State funds, before making a final disbursement to the ultimate payee
    • This is a departure from the current cash management statute that requires the State Treasurer to keep money on deposit until final disbursement to the ultimate payee
    • In 2020, the State Treasurer’s office identified a problem during the pilot testing for the DPI School Business Modernization Development Process software implementation – without the change in this bill, the new software could potentially make PSUs out of compliance with the State Controller’s cash management statute
    • Language from HB 18

SB 695 passed the House 92-0 and has been sent to the Senate for a concurrence vote. Click here for an official bill summary.

Budget Negotiations

House Speaker Tim Moore announced that all unresolved budget items were agreed upon between the House and Senate, as of 9:30 am on Wednesday. This aligns with the legislative leaders’ goal of reaching an agreement in time to deliver a budget document to the Governor for his review this week. As we stated last week, the budget document being presented to the Governor will not be made public.

Additional Education-Related Bills

In last Friday’s Legislative Update, we reported that during the House Judiciary 2 Committee meeting this week SB 593: Special Education Due Process Hearings was scheduled to be heard and HB 64: Government Transparency Act of 2021 was expected to be heard for discussion and public comment only. That Committee meeting was cancelled earlier this week, so neither of those bills made progress. We will continue to provide updates on these two controversial bills.

 

Currently, 109 school districts require masks. Three districts allow masks to be optional, two have pending mask optional policies (Pender is effective on October 4 and Harnett is effective on October 5), and this week Avery County switched from being fully mask optional to requiring masks for all students in grades 3-12 (effective October 6).

NCSBA continues to track local school boards’ policies on school mask requirements as districts vote monthly on whether to modify their current policy (required by Section 10 of SB 654/SL 2021-130). Click here to access a chart of school board actions. If your school district changes its mask policy or you have corrections to the chart, please email information to Richard Bostic at rbostic@ncsba.org.

 

The Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education met on Tuesday to receive an update on the implementation of the Leandro Comprehensive Remedial Plan. The Commission also received remarks from Governor Cooper, who stated that he will continue to advocate for full implementation of the Plan during State budget negotiations. Click here to see how the House and Senate budget proposals align with the Leandro Plan.

As a reminder, the Commission was created in July 2017 and consists of 19 members appointed by the Governor to develop recommendations on how the State can meet is constitutional obligation of providing every student access to a sound basic education. This presentation includes a timeline of work done on the Leandro case in recent years.

Since the Commission’s last meeting in July:

  • In early August, the State and State Board of Education submitted progress reports on the implementation of the Plan to the court
  • In late August, plaintiffs submitted a response to the progress reports
  • In early September, Superior Court Judge David Lee held a hearing where he stated that he is giving the General Assembly until October 18 to fully fund and implement the next two years of the Plan – then Judge Lee will explore his judicial powers to enforce the Plan’s implementation

The Commission also adopted a resolution that urges “all state bodies, entities, and agencies to take all necessary actions to implement and fund the State’s Plan…”

Click here for all meeting materials. Click here for an article on the meeting.

 

On Tuesday, the DRIVE (Developing a Representative and Inclusive Vision for Education) Task Force met to discuss the implementation of its DRIVE Report, which was presented to Governor Cooper on January 1, 2021. The DRIVE Task Force was established in December 2019 by the Governor with the goal of identifying ways to improve equity and inclusion in the teaching profession. The DRIVE Report includes recommendations from the Task Force on how to best meet this goal.

During the Tuesday meeting, Task Force members were assigned to two newly created subcommittees: action planning and community building. Each subcommittee met for the first time during the meeting via breakout sessions, and it is the Task Force’s goal that each subcommittee meet every two weeks. Additionally, Task Force Chair Anthony Graham stated that he will be requesting a two-year extension of the Governor’s Executive Order that created the Task Force, as implementation work continues.

Click here for an article on the meeting.

 

The UNC School of Government is hosting a virtual workshop called Financial Fiduciary Responsibilities of Local Elected Leaders on October 14, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Click here for more information and to register.

 

As of 2:00 pm on Friday, October 1, there are no education-related meetings scheduled.

 

Additional Education-Related Meeting

The State Board of Education will meet for its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 6, and Thursday, October 7.

 

 

 

Bruce Mildwurf
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
bmildwurf@ncsba.org

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
rbostic@ncsba.org

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association
rhoward@ncsba.org

Rebekah HowardNCSBA Legislative Update – October 1, 2021
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