Legislative Update

By Marsha Lewis, Chairperson, NCRA’s Legislative Committee

The House education budget includes funding for House Bill 944. House Bill 944 is a voucher bill that calls for North Carolina to spend $10 million in 2013-14 and $40 million in 2014-15 to provide scholarships for students with certain income limits who choose to leave a public school to attend a private school. To find the bill, on the third column at the top (FIND A BILL), type in H944 and hit Go http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&BillID=H944&submitButton=Go

To read the bill: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/House/PDF/H944v2.pdf

House Bill 944 refers to private schools having to meet accountability standards required in “Article 39 of Chapter 115C, as identified by the Division 14 of Nonpublic Education, Department of Administration.” To find out about the accountability standards, read Article 39 of Chapter 115C on this site:  http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/byarticle/chapter_115c/article_39.html

Want to find out what news sources report on Bill 944 and what June Atkinson, N.C. State Superintendent of Public Schools, has said about the bill? Search “News, House Bill 944” and then read and view what’s available through the search.

Want to express views on this and other education measures before the General Assembly? Reach out to your legislators:  http://ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

Want to know more about education legislation? Follow the work of the General Assembly on the above websites and in the news.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides legislative updates: http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/legislative-updates/2013-long-session

The legislative site, maintained by Rachel E. Beaulieu, Legislative and Community Relations Director, also includes analysis, background information, committee presentations, and legislative resources: http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/

Contributions by Sandra Cook, Communications Committee, NCRA