LEGISLATIVE & POLICY NEWS
With schools statewide remaining closed for student instruction for a third week, state policymakers have continued to focus on urgent school district concerns, such as personnel leave and supplemental funding, while also beginning to address the numerous other areas that are expected to be impacted by the coronavirus.
The State Board of Education met via conference call on Friday, March 27 to address certain time-sensitive topics relating to COVID-19, such as grading guidance, distribution of new funding in response to the coronavirus, and approval of a new state of emergency leave policy. Many of these topics were brought to the Board’s attention in a recommendations document created and shared with policymakers by the NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA) and one of NCASA’s core affiliates, the NC School Superintendents’ Association (NCSSA).
As schools remain closed statewide for student instruction for a second week, school leaders and state policymakers have continued to work together to propose solutions for supporting our public schools, students, and staff during this difficult time. In order to provide its members with ongoing access to the latest and most helpful resources for addressing COVID-19-related issues, the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) has launched a new resource page containing comprehensive NCASA updates, real-time access to government briefings and meetings, as well as a compilation of helpful summaries and guidance documents from across public and private sectors.
Sec. of Education Announces Broad Flexibilities for States to Cancel Testing During National Emergency
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year.