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NCSBA Legislative Update – January 11, 2019

2019 Session – January 9, 2018

Friends and family of recently sworn-in state lawmakers filled both chambers on the ceremonial first day of the 2019 legislative session. The Senate unanimously elected Senator Phil Berger to a 4th term as Senate President Pro Tem. The House elected Representative Tim Moore to a 3rd term as Speaker of the House. The General Assembly adjourned until January 30.

Senate Education Committee Assignments:

Education/Higher Education Appropriations Chairs: Sens. Deanna Ballard, R- Watauga; Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph

Members: Sens. Rick Horner, R-Nash (former Nash County school board chair); Todd Johnson, R-Union; Ted Alexander, R-Cleveland; Chuck Edwards, R-Henderson; Don Davis, D-Greene; Erica Smith, D-Northampton (former Northampton County school board member); Joyce Waddell, D-Mecklenburg (former CMS school board member); Wiley Nickel, D-Wake

Education/Higher Education Policy Chairs: Sens. Deanna Ballard-R, Rick Horner-R (former Nash County school board chair), Jerry Tillman-R

Members: Norman Sanderson, R-Carteret; Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth; Andy Wells, R-Catawba; Chuck Edwards-R; Paul Newton, R-Cabarrus; Todd Johnson-R; Kathy Harrington, R-Gaston; Tom McInnis, R-Richmond (former Richmond County school board member); Don Davis-D; Gladys Robinson, D-Guilford; Jay Chaudhuri, D-Wake; Valerie Foushee, D-Orange (former Orange County school board member); Sam Searcy, D-Wake


House Committee Assignments:

Education: TBA

Base Budget Appropriations Senior Chairs: Reps. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln; Linda Johnson, R-Cabarrus (former Kannapolis City school board member); Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth (former Winston-Salem/Forsyth school board chair)

Chairs: Reps. Dean Arp, R-Union (former Union County school board chair); Bill Brisson, R-Bladen; Josh Dobson, R-McDowell; John Faircloth, R-Guilford; Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson

Finance Chairs: Reps. Julia Howard, R-Davie; Mitchell Setzer, R-Catawba; John Szoka, R-Cumberland

Local Bills Filing Deadline

If your school board will be asking your local legislative delegation to introduce a local bill in the 2019 Session, please note the following bill filing deadlines:

Senate – Local bills must be submitted to legislative staff by February 27 (bill must be filed by March 14)

House – Local bills must be submitted to legislative staff by March 6 (bill must be filed by March 28)

Joint – The Crossover deadline is May 9. This means that a bill must be approved by its originating chamber and received by the second chamber by May 9 for it to be considered in 2019 and 2020. This rule does not apply to bills referred to the Appropriations and Finance committees.

Legislative Agenda Issue Briefs

The NCSBA Government Relations staff is writing issue briefs for each topic in the 2019-20 Legislative Agenda. The following issue briefs are now available (click on the titles below) :

State Board of Education (SBE) – January 10

Christian Overton –  Raleigh Dingman Award winner Christian Overton began his one year term as school board member adviser to the State Board of Education.

Carver Heights Elementary School –  The Board approved Carver Heights Elementary School in Wayne County for operation as a Restart Model school starting in the 2019-20 school year. In December 2018, the State Board of Education chose the school to be operated under the Innovative School District beginning in the 2019-20 school year. However, in late December 2018, the law was changed to allow Wayne County to apply for Restart Model school status for Carver Heights Elementary. (S.L. 2018-145, Section 27)

School Calendar Flexibility

As of January 11, NCSBA has received adopted resolutions from twelve school boards and five county commissions in support of school calendar flexibility (Burke approved a joint resolution).

Burke* Onslow*
Cherokee Roanoke Rapids
Columbus Stanly*
Edenton Chowan Washington*
Franklin* Watauga
Hoke Yancey
* denotes County Commissioners’ resolution


Please email a copy of your board’s calendar flexibility resolution to

Legislative Public Policy Conference
The NCSBA Legislative Public Policy Conference will held on April 30 and May 1 in Raleigh at the NCSBA Building. The agenda is still under development. Since the legislature is in session, it will give you an opportunity to visit with your legislative delegation.

The early bird registration rate for the conference is $250 through February 28 and the normal registration rate is $325 starting March 1. Click here to register.


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) 747-6692

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association
(919) 747-6677

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