LEGISLATIVE & POLICY NEWS

  • NCASA COVID-19 Policy & Advocacy Update: 4/2/20

    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.

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  • State Board of Education Meeting Summary: Friday, March 27

    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).

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  • NCASA COVID-19 Policy & Advocacy Update: Week Of March 23, 2020

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • NCASA & NCSSA Recommendations for Continuing 2019-20 School Year

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  • NCASA Coronavirus Guidance & Resources

    It was only last Saturday that NC Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order directing the closure of K-12 public schools as places of instruction until March 30, and since then, school leaders across the state have been tasked with making extremely difficult decisions to protect the best interests of their staff and students. The NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA) applauds the leadership of our school administrators as they tackle these new and complex challenges, and we have been in constant contact with policymakers to ensure public schools continue to receive the support they need. While numerous resources have been shared in the past days by various entities, NCASA has compiled the following guidance to help our members navigate their most pressing issues in response to the coronavirus.

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  • Joint Guidance-Operation Of School-Based Emergency Child Care

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  • NCASA Cancels 2020 Conference on Educational Leadership Due to COVID-19

    NCASA has decided to cancel the 2020 Conference on Educational Leadership previously scheduled for March 25-27 in Wilmington. While NCASA hoped to postpone this event to a later date, that was not feasible, since the duration of the coronavirus crisis is unknown.

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  • NC Alliance For School Leadership Development Shares Principal Preparation Updates

    The North Carolina Alliance For School Leadership Development (NCASLD) presented updates on principal preparation today to members of the Professional Educator Preparation & Standards Committee (PEPSC). Dr. Shirley Prince, Executive Director of the NC Principals and Assistant Principals Association (NCPAPA) and NCASLD Transforming Principal Preparation Program (TP3) Director, provided an overview of TP3 developments, as well as emerging recommendations for PEPSC’s consideration going forward.

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  • NCASA Postpones 2020 Conference on Educational Leadership due to COVID-19 State of Emergency

    NCASA has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Conference on Educational Leadership that was scheduled March 25-27 at the Wilmington Convention Center.

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  • Winners In Primary Races For Governor, State Superintendent Confirmed To Speak To School Leaders At NCASA Conference On March 27

    NCASA is privileged to have the leading candidates for Governor and State Superintendent respectively at our 2020 Conference on Educational Leadership

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  • Debate Continues Over Proposed EPP Accountability Model

    Members of the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) met on Thursday morning with specific instructions from the State Board of Education to reconsider changes to the proposed Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Accountability model.

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  • State Legislature Adjourns Until April Without Approving Public School Funding

    Members of the North Carolina General Assembly voted on Tuesday to adjourn until April 28, after Republicans were unable to secure enough support from Democrats to successfully override the Governor’s veto of the state budget.

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  • Press Release: NCASA Urges Quick Action To Fund Public Schools

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  • State Board of Education Discusses EPP Accountability Measures

    Staff from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) presented an update on proposed changes to educator preparation program (EPP) performance standards and accountability measures during the monthly State Board of Education meeting on Wednesday.

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  • Leandro Report Released, Recommends Greater Investment In Education

    “[T]he state is further away from meeting its constitutional obligation to provide every child with the opportunity for a sound basic education than it was when the Supreme Court of North Carolina issued the Leandro decision more than 20 years ago.”

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  • Legislators Adjourn Without State Budget, Set To Reconvene January 14

    Members of the General Assembly voted to adjourn last week without finalizing a state budget package, bringing an end to the second-longest legislative session in the State’s history. While legislators blame the lengthy session on the budget stalemate and ongoing efforts to override the Governor’s veto, some wonder if the state legislature should consider implementing session limits.

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  • Pay Raises, Other Education Bills Pending On The Governor’s Desk

    Before voting to adjourn and reconvene on Wednesday, November 13, the General Assembly successfully passed several pieces of legislation, which were then sent to the Governor to be signed into law. The Governor has since signed several of these bills, while numerous others, such as the two mini-budget bills providing pay raises for educators, remain unsigned.

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  • Legislators Push Forward Mini-Budgets On Educator Raises

    Lawmakers working toward a self-imposed adjournment deadline of today rolled out and approved several mini-budgets this week, including bills addressing pay raises for various groups of educators. This week’s action on education mini-budgets coincided with continuing delays by the Senate GOP leadership to attempt overriding Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 966, the full state budget package for the 2019-21 biennium. The House has overridden that veto, and Senate Republicans need either one Democrat to vote with them to override or two Senate Democrats to be absent when the override vote occurs to enact the budget over the Governor’s objections. Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said in a press conference Monday the override attempt would not occur unless he thought it would succeed. But he left the bill on the Senate floor calendar all week, keeping the option open to attempt the override, while continuing efforts to garner the needed Democratic votes to enact H966.

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  • Lawmakers Consider Leaving, Returning Nov. 13

    Senate Rules Chairman Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick) filed Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 694 late Wednesday evening to formally adjourn the N.C. House of Representatives and Senate the following day, as well as limit what may be discussed upon reconvening. If approved by both chambers, this adjournment is scheduled to take effect at the end of Thursday’s session, and it schedules the House and Senate to reconvene on November 13, 2019 at noon. During the November session, legislators may only consider redistricting matters and considerations of a new Joint Resolution or amendments to SJR 694. Upon adjournment of the November session, the House and Senate will not reconvene until January 14, 2020, at noon.

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