2022 Board Summaries
Board Summary: September 1, 2022
The State Board of Education (SBE)
approved on September 1st a proposal to use federal COVID-19 relief funds to hold principal salaries harmless from decreases caused by new language in the most recent state budget package. This budget provision would have changed the way principal salaries are calculated so that principal pay would be based only on one year of student performance data (2021-2022), rather than the best two out of three years. Since many schools were still recovering from COVID-19 during the 2021-2022 school year, some historically high-performing principals faced losing as much as $18,000 in January 2023 due to the new pay calculation. As a result, SBE members voted in favor of using $4.5 million from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund III to provide affected principals with “retention bonuses” that will equal the amount they were expected to lose in the new year.
The NC State Board of Education (SBE) held its Bi-Annual Planning and Work Sessions in Raleigh on August 30-31 and held its monthly meeting the next day, on Thursday, September 1. Because the SBE’s monthly meeting and voting session was condensed into one day, a
summary could not be provided before the release of last Thursday’s publication.
As a result, September’s full meeting summary, which includes hot topics such as the recent principal pay fix and the latest school accountability data is included HERE.
Board Summary: May 4-5, 2022
As part of the ongoing work of the newly-created Government and Community Affairs (GAC) Committee, NCDPI staff provided a brief overview of the legislative priorities proposed during the April State Board of Education (SBE) meeting, which included items such as a new school psychologist internship program, as well as funding for 115 additional early literacy specialists. Following the presentation, GAC Committee Chair Wendell Hall noted the GAC Committee was in “full support” of the priorities proposed by NCDPI, but said the GAC Committee would also propose a list of “complementary requests,” which include $15 million to hire 115 additional social workers in LEAs, as well as $18 million to hire an additional 51 District Improvement Specialists. Despite concerns shared by the State Superintendent and a couple of other Board members regarding the hefty price tag of the additions, the Board unanimously voted in favor of adding the requests for additional social workers and District Improvement Specialists to the 2022 legislative priorities list. For the full summary, click HERE.
Board Summary: April 6-7, 2022
The State Board of Education (SBE) held their monthly meeting in Raleigh on April 6-7, which included a discussion of proposed 2022 legislative priorities for the SBE and NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), as well as approval of a report to the General Assembly on a newly-proposed full-time equivalency (FTE) formula for students in public schools. For the full summary, click HERE.
Board Summary: March 2-3, 2022
Members of the State Board of Education (SBE) two memorandums of understanding (MOU) and rule changes regarding the administration of interscholastic middle and high school athletics during the March meeting on the 2nd and 3rd. As part of its March monthly meeting, the SBE heard a brief update from State Board General Counsel Allison Schafer regarding the final result of negotiations between the Board and the NC High School Athletic Association, as well as the Carolina Athletic Association, to develop MOUs with the respective organizations. The memoranda provides the organizations with the authority to administer and enforce all Rules adopted by the SBE to govern interscholastic high school athletics, as well as “facilitate the oversight of interscholastic athletic activities” as long as the organization’s actions are consistent with all SBE rules and MOU terms. The 13-page MOUs also contain provisions regarding rules and regulations, the creation of an Independent Appeals Board, procedure for addressing complaints, scholarships, reporting requirements, and more. The MOU states the agreements are effective for 4 years and may be renewed for subsequent four year terms, but the SBE still retains the authority to terminate the MOUs under certain circumstances. Copies of the MOUs for each organization can be found below:
- NC High School Athletic Association Memorandum of Understanding
- NC Athletic Association For Schools Of Choice Memorandum of Understanding
For the full summary, click HERE.
Board Summary: February 2-3, 2022
The State Board of Education held its monthly meeting on
February 2-3, during which Board members discussed new temporary rules for interscholastic middle and high school athletics, the opening of a new Governor’s school location, charter school expansion requests, and more. For the full summary, click HERE.
Board Summary: January 5-6, 2022
The North Carolina State Board of Education held their first monthly meeting of 2022 in Raleigh on January 5-6. Members discussed recent revisions to isolation/quarantine guidance in the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit, charter school
recommendations, the ongoing use of federal COVID relief funds, and more! For the full summary, click HERE.