New Committee On NC’s Education Future Holds First Meeting

The new “House Select Committee on an Education System for North Carolina’s Future” held its first meeting on Monday, during which members reviewed our current system of education laws and also shared some ideas on topics they wish to tackle in future meetings. The majority of the meeting consisted of a presentation from the NC Institute For Constitutional Law covering state laws, policies, and requirements relating to education. After the presentation, committee members in attendance discussed topics ranging from our current school funding model to teacher working conditions.

Several members of the committee, such as committee Co-Chair Rep. Pat Hurley (R-Randolph) discussed the necessity of teaching general “life skills” to students, while other members, such as committee Co-Chair Rep. Blackwell (R-Burke) discussed the specific need to evaluate the state’s constitutional structure of our current education system. Ideas from other members included but were not limited to competency-based education, Pre-K expansion, funding teacher assistants, and facilities investments.

Senior Committee Chair Rep. John Torbett (R-Gaston) said the committee was there for the “long haul,” and the committee’s work would take at least two years, but noted committee members could also propose legislation for the upcoming 2022 short session, which is likely to begin around May.

Rep. Torbett noted the committee would likely meet next on Monday, February 7, at 1:00 PM and may feature comments from State Superintendent Catherine Truitt. Members of the public can sign up for committee meeting notices here.

To read more comments from Monday’s committee meeting, please click here.

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