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NCSBA Legislative Update – January 25, 2019

Welcome Rebekah Howard to NCSBA!

This month we welcomed Rebekah Howard to NCSBA as our new Governmental Relations Research Specialist. Rebekah grew up in Garner, NC and is a recent NCSU graduate where she majored in political science with a concentration in law and justice. Rebekah joins us after completing a research internship at the John Locke Foundation where her responsibilities ranged from assisting in research publications to analyzing and discussing general statutes and possible legislation reform.

2019 Legislative “Long” Session

Breaking News – The House announces committee assignments:

Appropriations, Education
Chairs: Reps. Hugh Blackwell, R- Burke (former Burke County School Board member); Jeffrey Elmore, R-Wilkes; John Fraley, R- Iredell; Craig Horn, R- Union; John Sauls, R- Lee; Vice Chairs: Reps. Debra Conrad, R- Forsyth; Pat Hurley, R- Randolph; Linda Johnson, R-Cabarrus (former Kannapolis City School Board Member); Members: Reps. Cynthia Ball, D- Wake; Cecil  Brockman, D- Guilford; Susan Fisher, D- Buncombe (former Buncombe County School Board member); James Gailliard, D-Nash; Terry  Garrison, D- Vance; Rosa Gill, D- Wake (former Wake County School Board member); Holly Grange, R- New Hanover; Bobby Hanig, R-Currituck; Marvin Lucas, D-Cumberland;

Education – K-12 Policy
Chairs: Reps. Elmore, Horn, Johnson; Vice Chairs: Reps Blackwell, Brockman; Members:  Reps. Ball, Chaz Beasley, D-Mecklenburg; Mark Brody, R-Anson; Kevin Corbin, R- Macon (former Macon County School Board member); Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D- Wilson; Fisher, Fraley, Gill, Charles Graham, D-Robeson; Jon Hardister, R-Guilford; Lucas, Graig Meyer, D-Orange; Larry Potts, R- Davidson; Mitchell Setzer, R- Catawba; Kandie Smith, D-Pitt; Larry Strickland, R- Johnston (former Johnston County School Board member); Brian Turner, D- Buncombe; Donna White, R-Johnston (former Johnston County School Board member)

The real work of the 2019 session gets underway when members return to the Capital City next Wednesday, January 30, at noon. Most members are moved into their new offices. The NCSBA Government Relations team is geared up and ready to go.

Legislative Public Policy Conference

The NCSBA Legislative Public Policy Conference is scheduled for April 30/May 1 in Raleigh at the NCSBA building. The agenda is still under development, but it will include a legislative panel consisting of legislators that chair an education committee. Since the General Assembly is in session, it will give you an opportunity to see them in action and 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.

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):

The following are previously posted issue briefs:

School Calendar Flexibility

Thank you to the twenty-eight school boards and nine county commissions that have shared with NCSBA their adopted resolutions in support of school calendar flexibility (Burke and Camden approved a joint resolution).

Burke* Hertford*
Camden* Hoke
Chatham Lexington
Cherokee Onslow*
Clay Orange
Columbus Polk
Cumberland Randolph
Currituck Roanoke Rapids
Davie Stanly*
Duplin Transylvania
Edenton Chowan* Washington*
Franklin* Watauga*
Gaston Wilson
Haywood Yancey
* denotes County Commissioners’ resolution


For boards in need of assistance, this packet provides sample resolutions and draft bills that can be used in discussions with your legislators. Please email a copy of your board’s calendar flexibility resolution to



Leanne E. Winner
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association

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

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association

Rebekah HowardNCSBA Legislative Update – January 25, 2019