2010 LEGISLATIVE SHORT SESSION MEMO #2

The Senate Education Appropriations subcommittee scheduled to meet last Friday was the only appropriations subcommittee to cancel. Fifteen minutes before they were supposed to present the Senate Education proposed budget, the meeting was cancelled. Rumors were rampant, everything from there was a gap in the revenue numbers and the amount appropriated, to Senator Basnight decided he had some additional needs for the University he wanted to include in the budget. On Monday, the Senate Education Appropriations subcommittee met at 3:30PM to roll out the budget. A spreadsheet of the additional cuts to public schools statewide was provided earlier this week in a separate email. Public Schools in the Senate budget were cut an additional 2.9 percent, while Universities were allocated 0.5 percent and Community Colleges received 5 percent. The major funding increase came for Community Colleges with eighty-five million in enrollment funds, which are usually funded one year behind. There were several concerns in the Senate education budget, but overall the problems seemed fewer than last year. The Senate Education Budget highlights include additional statewide cuts to allotments over and above the 2010-2011 budget presented last year, are as follows:

  • LEA Adjustment Fund (Discretionary cut): $304.8 Million (unchanged)
  • Central Office Administration: $10 Million (Total: $24.6 M)
  • Mentor Pay: $9.2 Million
  • Limited English Proficiency: $3 Million
  • Assistant Principals: $4.5 Million
  • Instructional Support Personnel: $5 Million
  • Instructional Supplies: $5 Million
  • Disadvantaged Student Fund: $1.98 Million
  • At-Risk Allotment: $1.2 Million
  • Child and Family Support Teams: $2.5 Million (Total: $3.8 M)
  • School Bus Replacement: $11.9 Million (Total $22.2M)
  • Transportation Operations: $20 Million (Total $25 M)
  • Education Stabilization Replacement Fund: Total $380.1 Million
    • Expansion Funding for Hand Held Technology Devices (DIBELS) +$15 Million.

Mr. Margiotta presented to the Wake delegation at their scheduled meeting on Monday at 5:00PM. He shared information with the members on the budget issues Wake schools have been handling for the past 18 months. A list of the reversions in 2008-2009, 2009-2010 and the future cuts in 2010-2011 were discussed. Members were provided a copy of the 2010 Legislative Agenda and the Chairman’s presentation.

The Senate had the budget on the floor for a vote on Wednesday afternoon. Senator Tillman offered an amendment to move the hand-held technology funding of $15 million in public schools to the Bus Replacement fund, which was eliminated for 2010-2011. He addressed the Thomas Built bus company in NC who would have to lay off workers if school systems had no funding to replace buses in 2010-2011. The arguments to keep the funding for the hand-held technology devices by Senator Blue, Forest, and Nesbitt along with the Democratic majority resulted in a defeat of the amendment straight down party lines.  Meanwhile, the House had received copies of the Senate budget and was preparing to begin work on their budget.

The House Education subcommittee met after Session on Thursday to roll out a bill Governor Perdue requested to assist the State’s Race to the Top second round application, due June 1. The bill had run into problems earlier in the day, but was modified and presented to the Committee immediately after the House 1:00PM Session. Representative Stam tried to run an amendment to increase the Charter School Cap by 6 (106) but it was defeated along party lines. SB 704 “Reform Low Performing Schools” gives local boards and the State Board the ability to use one of four models (in the bill) to restructure a continually low-performing schools (LP 2 years out of 3 years) passed by voice vote after much debate and will be on the House floor Tuesday and if it passes will be sent back to the Senate for Concurrence. The question becomes will the Senate have the votes to pass the bill, and will it be ratified and signed by the Governor by the June 1 deadline.

The House Education subcommittee met late Thursday afternoon to review the Senate budget and their funding targets which are $20.86 Million less than the Senate spent. The committee discussion focused on the cuts to the public schools, while there is increased funding to Community Colleges and Universities. The hope is the House will make an effort to share the cuts among all the Education groups. The House Education subcommittee expects to roll out their proposal on Thursday next week. The schedule calls for the House budget to be completed by June 4th and then three weeks of meeting with the conferees to resolve differences and complete the budget by June 30. They seem to be moving right along. Many of us are optimistic they will stay on schedule and have the State budget approved by July 1. Once they finish the budget they usually spend another week or two wrapping up technical bills, the study bill, appointments and other bills in committee. A bill was heard in the House Health Committee on Thursday, HB 1707, “SHP/Age-Out Dependents; Tobacco Use Testing.” The bill changes the rules on covering dependents in the health care plan and addresses the lack of funds to test health care plan persons for tobacco use. The Committee’s have started meeting this week as well to hear bills and it is very hectic as members want to get their work done and head back home to campaign for the November election.

Bills Introduced:

House

HB 1725 School Support Division Changes

HB 1726 Improve Child Nutrition/Activity Standards

HB 1728 Carteret Schools May Administer Oath

HB 1753 School Bus Railroad Crossing Exception

HB 1757 Physical Education and Activity in Schools

HB 1761 Amend Electronics Recycling Requirements

HB 1772 Cherokee School Board Terms

HB 1774 Eliminate Reduced Price School Meals/Funds

HB 1775 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

HB 1776 Electronic Funds Transfers/Farmers Markets

HB 1777 Study Child Nutrition Program

HB 1781 Study/Early Childhood Education and Care

HB 1782 Consolidated Report/Early Care & Education

HB 1783 Consolidate Regulations/Early Care & Ed Provider

HB 1784 Consolidate Payments/Early Care & Ed Provider

HB 1815 North Carolina Science Olympiad Funds

HB 1827 Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity

HB 1832 Farm to School Program/Funds

HB 1833 Teacher Assistant Salary Schedule

HB 1837 Task Force on Sports Injuries in Schools

HB 1839 Sales & Use Tax Refund Sunset Modification

HB 1841 Moore County School Board Police

HB 1843 Second Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy

HB 1848 Lift Charter Cap/Lunch Requirements

HB 1851 Amend State Purchases & Contracts Laws

HB 1853 State Health Plan/Treat Teachers Equitably

HB 1861 PTA Parental Involvement/Dropout Prev. Funds

HB 1862 Funding Flex. Pilot Prog./Lee County Required

HB 1864 No High School Graduation Proj. Required

HB 1875 Early Identification & Intervention for At-Risk Students

HB 1876 Amend Dropout Prevention Grants

HB1877 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate

HB1878 Communities in School Funds

HB 1879 Study Raising Compulsory Attendance

HB 1896 School Calendar Flexibility/Inclement

HB 1899 Funds for School-Based Health Centers

HB 1904 Screen and Reduce BMI Levels in Children

HB 1917 National School Lunch Program/Funds

Senate

SB 897 Appropriations Act of 2010

SB 1138 Ban Corporal Punishment for Children with Disabilities

SB 1139 Require Use of EVAAS in Schools

SB 1140 Amend Sunset/Children with Disabilities

SB 1141 Task Force on Sports Injuries in Schools

SB 1142 School Support/Division Changes

SB 1143 Substitute Teacher Unemployment

SB 1150 Funds for Special Olympics NC

SB 1151 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

SB 1152 Study Child Nutrition Program

SB 1153 Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity

SB 1155 Reduce Corporate Income Tax

SB 1151 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

SB 1152 Study Nutrition Program

SB 1153 Study/Early Childhood Education and Care

SB 1198 Education Cabinet Est. STEM Priority

SB 1200 JOBS Commission Pilot Schools

SB 1201 Add’l Flex./Coop. Innov. High School

SB 1202 Career Acad. as Coop. Innov. High School

SB 1213 Amend State Purchases & Contracts Laws

SB 1227 Lift Charter Cap/Lunch Requirements

SB 1230 Second Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy

SB 1246 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate

SB 1247 Amend Dropout Prevention Grants

SB 1248 Early Identification. & Intervention for At-Risk Students

SB 1249 Study Raising Compulsory Attendance Age

SB 1250 Communities in School Funds

SB 1251 State Health Plan/Treat Teachers Equitably

SB 1253 No High School Graduation Proj. Required

SB 1266 Funds for School-Based Health Centers

SB 1284 Farm to School Program/Funds

SB 1285 Eliminate Reduced Price School Meals/Funds

SB 1286 Screen and Reduce BMI Levels in Children

SB 1287 Improve Child Care Nutrition/Activity Stnds.

SB 1288 Electronic Funds Transfers/Farmers Markets

SB 1289 Update Statewide Nutrition Standards

SB 1296 Physical Education and Activity in Schools

SB 1328 North Carolina Science Olympiad Funds

SB 1339 National School Lunch Program/Funds

House Committee

Education Policy Committee

SB 704 Reform Low Performing Schools: Favorable Report to Proposed Committee Substitute and sent to the House floor. A copy is attached to this email.

Health Committee

HB 1707 SHP/Age-Out Dependents; Tobacco Use Testing Favorable Report

What’s On the Calendar Next Week

HB 1682 Ban Corporal Punishment for Children with Disabilities

HB 1683 Amend Sunset/Children with Disabilities

HB 1700 Career Academy as Cooperative Innovative High School

SB 1022 Comparative Effectiveness Task Force-Possible Name Change Coming

HB 1756 Update Statewide Nutrition Standards

HB 1757 Physical Education and Activity in Schools

HB 1776 Electronic Funds Transfers/Farmers Markets

SB 1151 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

SB 1152 Study Child Nutrition Program

SB 1153 Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity

2010 Deadlines

Drafts To Bill Drafting Filed

House & Senate Study Commission Bills            Wednesday, May 12                        Wednesday, May 19

House and Senate Budget Bills                        Friday, May 14                        Tuesday, May 25

House & Senate Local Bills                                    Wednesday, May 19                        Wednesday, May 26

House & Senate Bills State Pension                        Wednesday, May 19                        Wednesday, May 26

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