2019 Legislative Agenda

  • DPS Legislative Agenda

     

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    Ensuring Student Success

    • Return school calendar control to local boards of education.
    • Expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
    • Eliminate the cap on funding for students with Limited English Proficiency.
    • Restore budget for textbooks and supplies to at least pre-recession levels.


    K- 3 Class Size

    • Delay implementation of the K-3 class size requirement until a statewide capital bond is passed, funds are distributed, and new facilities are constructed.
    • Allow LEAs greater flexibility in setting K-3rd class sizes based on varying needs for different educational environments and curriculum.


    Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent

    • Teacher Pay - Raise teacher pay to exceed the national average within three years and especially target raises for veteran teachers.
    • Restore pay for advanced degrees.
    • Expand the NC Teaching Fellows Program especially to increase racial and gender diversity.
    • Restore Funding for LEAs to support teachers in earning and renewing their National Board Certification.
    • Restore Teacher Assistant positions to pre-recession levels.
    • Fund annual school supply budget stipend of at least $150 per teacher.
    • Grant all LEAs maximum flexibility to transfer funds between state funding allotment categories, including transfers to or from the teacher assistant category, to best meet student needs and support district priorities.
    • Support HB31/SB 99 “Allow Durham Public Schools to Provide Housing” to enable affordable housing for Durham teachers and other employees.


    Improve Principal Pay Plan

    • Add a permanent hold harmless provision for all individuals who were affected by the principal pay plan in a negative fashion at the time of implementation.
    • Add ADM bands above the current cap of 1,300 in order to reflect schools that exceed 1,500 students and 2,000 students.


    School Support Personnel

    • The General Assembly should provide sufficient allotments to meet the nationally recommended staff to student ratios for School Nurses, Social Workers, Guidance Counselors, and School Psychologists.
    • Fund District Equity Directors to develop and implement best practices.
    • Raise starting pay to $15/hour to match all state employees. Last year the NC General Assembly raised the minimum wage for all permanent state employees to $15/hour—but left out public school workers.


    Ensuring Efficient Operations

    • Sales Tax Refund. The General Assembly should reinstate the state sales tax refund to bring local boards of education in line with other government entities.
    • Statewide Construction Bond. Add a statewide school construction bond for K-12 schools to the 2019 November ballot.


    Accountability

    • Eliminate School Letter Grades.
    • Eliminate pay for performance based on standardized testing for teachers and principals.


    Testing

    • End excessive testing and other aspects of Read to Achieve and allocate those funds to LEAs for evidence-based literacy programs.
    • Establish a commission of experienced educators to recommend reductions to the current standardized testing requirements to the State Board of Education.


    End Privatization

    • Charter Schools: Implement a moratorium on new charter schools in North Carolina and halt the rapid expansion of charter schools. Pass legislation that permits existing charter schools to operate under local board of education oversight (similar to magnet schools).
    • Virtual Charter Schools: The State Board of Education should close low-performing virtual charter schools.
    • Municipal Charter Schools: Repeal Session Law 2018-3 which allows some municipalities to create and operate municipal charter schools.
    • Eliminate NC Opportunity Scholarships and Education Savings Accounts.


    Fulfill North Carolina’s Constitutional Promise to Every Student

    • Expand early childhood education to provide universal Pre-K for all qualified four-year-olds.
    • Offer in-state tuition at UNC System and NC Community Colleges for undocumented and DACA students.


    Local Taxpayer Accountability

    • Require new charter schools to gain approval from local school boards and local county commissions in order to receive local funding.
    • Require all charter schools, in order to receive local funding, to report annually to local school boards and county commissions of the home districts of all students, responding to questions generated by said governmental bodies.