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|State Lawmakers Leave Budget Technical Corrections On Table, Recess Till 11/29
State House leaders this week rolled out Senate Bill 508 containing a slate of technical corrections to the recently enacted state budget law, and the new bill includes a proposed change to the state’s new early graduate program. S508 gained approval in the House and was sent to the Senate for concurrence, but the Senate did not consider it Wednesday before both chambers recessed their legislative session until Nov. 29th.
This legislative break means the changes NCASA and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) have been pursuing on the early graduate program will be put on hold until at least early December. NCASA and DPI had both requested lawmakers to adjust the early graduate program enacted in the 2023 state budget to allow school districts to continue requiring more credits for graduation than the 22 credits the state now requires. Requested changes also include requiring students who want to graduate in three years, starting at the end of 2024-25, to seek a waiver to do so, with mandatory parental involvement.
Section 2.2 of S508 now proposes delaying from Nov. 1 till Feb. 15, 2024, the requirement for the State Board of Education to adopt an emergency rule and sequence of courses to establish the early graduate program to be made available starting with current 10th graders who could graduate after their junior year in June 2025. That provision of S508 does not include the requested waiver process for students who want to graduate early or the authority for school districts to require more graduation credits than the state’s minimum requirement. NCASA and DPI are continuing to seek these additions to S508 before it gains final approval and the current legislative session ends.
Other changes to K-12 education also are proposed in S508 and include the following: