LEGISLATIVE & POLICY NEWS

  • Senate Parental Rights Bill Gains Traction

    After last week’s relatively quiet start to the legislative short session, Senate lawmakers introduced this week a revised version of House Bill 755, entitled “Parents’ Bill of Rights.” Senate leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) joined other Republican lawmakers in a press conference late Tuesday afternoon to introduce the bill, which was then quickly heard and passed in the Senate Education Committee the following day without amendments.

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  • Governor Cooper Unveils FY 2022-23 Budget Proposal

    Governor Cooper released on Wednesday his 2022-23 State Budget Proposal, entitled “Building on Success,” which includes over half a billion dollars in proposed investments to education. “North Carolina is emerging from the pandemic stronger than before, and we will sustain that only if we invest in a strong foundation for our people: a quality education, good jobs and infrastructure, and access to affordable healthcare,” Cooper said in a statement.

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  • 2022 Dr. Samuel Houston Jr. Leadership Awardees Named

    The North Carolina School Superintendents' Association (NCSSA) and the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD) have announced the selection of the following as the recipients of the Dr. Samuel Houston Jr. Leadership Award: Dr. Kimberly Dechant, Director of Recruitment and Induction, Asheville City Schools; Dr. Danielle Jones, Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools, Durham Public Schools; Dr. Lionel Kato, Chief Officer-Learning Supports, Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools; Dr. Ben Williams, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services, Wilson County Schools. This annual award is presented to graduates of the NCSSA/NCASLD Aspiring Superintendent Program, a program designed to empower transformational education leaders for North Carolina’s public schools.

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  • NC Senator Don Davis Awarded Champion For Children Award

    North Carolina Senator Don Davis (D-Greene) was awarded the 2022 Champion for Children Award during the NC Association of School Administrators’ (NCASA) 2022 Conference on Educational Leadership.

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  • Dr. Marvin Connelly, Dr. Marcie Holland Co-Awarded 2022 Raymond Sarbaugh Leadership Award

    Dr. Marvin Connelly Jr., Superintendent of Cumberland County Schools, and Dr. Marcie Holland, recently retired Senior Director of Human Resources for Wake County Public Schools, have been co-awarded the North Carolina Association of School Administrators’ (NCASA) 2022 Raymond Sarbaugh Leadership Award.

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  • Guilford County Teacher Selected As 2022 Burroughs Wellcome Teacher Of The Year

    Leah Carper, an English teacher at Northern Guilford High School, was named the 2022 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year.

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  • New Toolkit Modifies Contact Tracing, Exclusion Recommendations For Schools

    The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) released this afternoon an updated StrongSchools NC Public Health Toolkit taking effect February 21, that will provide schools with greater flexibility in regard to contact tracing and student/staff exclusion procedures.

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  • NCASA UPDATE: Strategies for Addressing School Bus Driver Shortage & Upcoming Meetings with NCDMV

    For the past several years, school districts across NC have been struggling with a growing shortage of school bus drivers. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this shortage has become an acute crisis this school year. The NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA) has been working in consultation with the Governor’s Office to identify strategies that are available to you to help with addressing this shortage.

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  • NCDHHS School Guidance Encourages Vaccines and Masking to Keep Students in the Classroom; Provides New Test-to-Stay Option

    NCDHHS is adding another tool to help keep students in the classroom. Recent data released by the ABC Science Collaborative showed that Test-to-Stay can be an effective strategy for further reducing absences and lowering the risk of further transmission of COVID-19 in schools where masks are required. NCDHHS has incorporated these findings into the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit.

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  • NEW Update to StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit

    NCDHHS has updated the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit isolation and quarantine guidance to align with updated guidance from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, which outlines what individuals should do if they contract or are exposed to COVID-19 to help slow the spread to others. The updated guidance changes how long and under what conditions staff and students need to be excluded from school because they have tested positive for or been exposed to COVID-19 (isolation and quarantine).

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  • Edgecombe County Public Schools Superintendent Named 2022 A. Craig Phillips NC Superintendent Of The Year

    Dr. Valerie Bridges, Superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS), was named the 2022 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year at an awards ceremony held Thursday, Nov. 11.

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  • 8 Nominees Vie For 2022 Superintendent Of The Year Award; State Winner To Be Announced November 11 In Greensboro

    The North Carolina A. Craig Phillips Superintendent of the Year is chosen jointly by the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA), NCASA’s core affiliate the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association (NCSSA) and the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA), with support and sponsorship from worldwide education leader Scholastic. The honor is awarded to a superintendent who exhibits outstanding leadership in service to K-12 public schools and is named in honor of the late A. Craig Phillips, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction in NC.

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  • NCDHHS StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit FAQ Update

    The NC Department of Health and Human Services has updated the StrongSchools Tool Kit FAQ related to K12 schools and face coverings. NCDHHS will continue to re-evaluate this guidance as all school-aged children become eligible for and get vaccinated.

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  • State Board of Education Monthly Review - October 7, 2021

    The NC State Board of Education held its monthly meeting in Raleigh on October 6-7, featuring a presentation from Dr. Shirley Prince, Executive Director of the NC Principals and Assistant Principals Association.

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  • NCDHHS Releases Disease Control Measures for Schools (updated Sept. 20, 2021)

    Control measures are proven, long-standing, and well-established public health practices to prevent the spread of serious communicable diseases, such as measles, pandemic influenza, Ebola, varicella, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and COVID-19. In North Carolina, all persons are required by law to follow specific communicable disease control measures. In the administrative rules implementing this law, the Commission for Public Health prescribes the specific control measures for communicable diseases.

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  • State Board of Education Monthly Review - August 4-5, 2021

    Due to the release of the NC House’s state education budget proposal last week, this month’s State Board of Education monthly summary was postponed until this week. The State Board of Education (SBE) held its monthly meeting on August 4-5. The pages that follow summarize highlights from the meeting and the Board’s actions for this month.

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  • House Committee Unveils, Approves Amended Education Budget Proposal

    The House Committee on Education Appropriations this morning rolled out, and then later today approved, its amended proposal for funding and policy changes affecting K-12 schools, community colleges and universities for the biennium that began July 1. This is the first step in the delayed House budget process, and the chamber’s entire state budget proposal is expected to be unveiled Monday, undergo the full Appropriations Committee amendment process on Tuesday, and then face votes on the House floor Wednesday and Thursday.

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  • Edgecombe County Public Schools Superintendent Selected As 2021 NCSSA Brad Sneeden Leadership Award Winner

    The North Carolina School Superintendents' Association (NCSSA) has announced the selection of Dr. Valerie H. Bridges, superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools, as the recipient of the Dr. Brad Sneeden Leadership Award. The award is presented in honor and recognition of a superintendent who has demonstrated a strong commitment to life-long learning, unwavering integrity in leadership and transformation of vision into action.

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  • State Updates School Guidance, Shifts Mask Decisions To Local Boards

    Governor Roy Cooper and Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen on Wednesday released the updated StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (Toolkit) taking effect July 30th to help schools set COVID-19 safety protocols for the 2021-2022 school year.

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  • State Board of Education Monthly Review - July 8, 2021

    Due to the July 4th holiday, the July meeting of the NC State Board of Education (SBE) was condensed and held virtually on Thursday, July 8. Members approved “unpacking documents” for grades 6-12 social studies courses, recommendations not to advance certain charter school applicants, and updates to the 2021 Middle/Junior High School Athletic Manual. Click READ MORE to access the full July SBE summary.

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