October 2015

October 2015 Monthly Legislative Report

The 2015 long session concluded in the early morning of Wednesday, September 30.  The 2016 short session is set to begin April 25, 2016, which is approximately three weeks earlier than usual. NCSBA has assembled two documents to give you an understanding of how the 2015 session affected local school boards and public schools.

  • The first document is the 2015 NCSBA Legislative Summary: a summary of all the relevant bills and budget provisions enacted in the 2015 session that affect local school boards and public schools. Please click here to find the 2015 NCSBA Legislative Summary.
  • The second document is a narrative highlighting NCSBA’s activities representing local boards of education at the legislature this session. Click here to find that document.

Several state lawmakers have resigned or announced that they will not be seeking reelection in 2016. Those lawmakers are:

House Members

  • Rep. Bryan Holloway (R-Stokes). Rep. Hollway resigned his seat on Monday, October 26, and has joined the NCSBA Governmental Relations team as Associate Director of Governmental Relations.
  • Rep. Paul Tine (U-Dare) won’t seek reelection
  • Rep. Paul Stam (R-Wake) won’t seek reelection
  • Rep. Leo Daughtry (R-Johnston) won’t seek reelection
  • Rep. J. H. Langdon (R-Johnston) won’t seek reelection
  • Rep. Rayne Brown (R-Davidson) won’t seek reelection
  • Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer (R-Mecklenburg) won’t seek reelection
  • Rep. Nathan Baskerville (D-Vance) won’t seek reelection
  • Rep. Brian Brown (R-Pitt) resigned to take a position with US Senator Tillis
  • Rep. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland) resigned in September to become the Executive Director of the NC Justice Center

 Senators

  • Sen. Stan Bingham (R-Davidson) won’t seek reelection
  • Sen. Josh Stein (D-Wake) expected to run for Attorney General
  • Sen. Buck Newton (R-Nash) expected to run for Attorney General

DPI received 28 applications from groups wishing to open a charter school in August 2017. The deadline for applications for this cycle was September 25. The Charter Schools Advisory Board will be reviewing these applications over the next several months. The districts with the highest number of groups seeking charters for this cycle was CMS (6 applications) followed by Wake (4 applications). Click here to see the full list of charter applicants and the county in which they are seeking to operate.

Registration is now open for NCSBA’s third public policy conference December 10-11 at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill.  Several hot topics and notable presenters are on the conference agenda. Dr. Helen Ladd, Professor of Public Policy and Economics with Duke University, will talk about her recent findings of increased charter school segmentation. UNC Distinguished Professor Dr. James Johnson will highlight how demographic changes across the country are having an effect on North Carolina’s public schools.  Former lawmakers Rick Glazier and Bryan Holloway will share insights and knowledge learned from their time serving at the legislature. NCSBA Governmental Relations department staff will talk about legislative issues likely to arise in the 2016 session. A full agenda will be published soon.

Click here to register and find hotel information for the conference.


Leanne E. Winner
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association 
(919)747-6686 direct dial

Bruce Mildwurf
Associate Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association 
(919) 606-3916 mobile

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