North Carolina Association of School Administrators conferences
|Joint Education Committee Receives K-12 Budget Priorities, COVID Update
Categories: Advocacy, Budget and Financial Operations, Curriculum and Instruction, Health Safety and Discipline, Personnel Issues and Benefits
Members of the House and Senate Education Appropriations Committees continued meeting jointly this week and received two key reports regarding public school funding. Earlier on Thursday, the committee received an update from Deputy State Superintendent Michael Maher on the status of COVID response in public schools and utilization of funds provided by the federal government for that purpose. On Tuesday, the committee continued its earlier discussion on budget priorities from the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the NC Community Colleges System (NCCCS). The meeting began with an overview of the NCCS’s legislative agenda, which included some K-12 related requests, such as improvements to career counseling and apprenticeship programs.
NCDPI then resumed its presentation on its 2023-2025 budget priorities, which included many education “hot topics” such as improving educator recruitment and retention, eliminating the child nutrition co-pay, and hiring principal coaches to better serve low-performing schools. The following is a full list of legislative budget priorities shared by NCDPI during Tuesday’s meeting:
In addition to sharing NCDPI’s budget requests, NCDPI staff also repeated previous requests for various “special provisions,” such as an update to the principal salary schedule that would base school growth criteria on a minimum of three years of data, rather than only on school growth data from the previous school year.
NCDPI also requested the continuation of certain non-recurring NC General Assembly Initiatives, such as the Needs-Based Capital Grants, which have provided over $800 million for school capital needs over the past two years, as well as the continuation of School Safety Grants; CTE, Modernization, and Workforce Grants; NCCAT Funding; and Transportation Fuel Reserve funds.