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2/25/21

From EdNC’s Alex Granados and Michael Taffe:

A bill that would require districts to offer a summer program to combat learning loss from COVID-19 passed the full House yesterday and goes now to the Senate. You can read all about that bill here.

bill that would change limits on how many spectators can watch student sports at “outdoor high school sporting venues,” passed a Senate committee yesterday. The governor had limited crowds as such events to 100 people due to COVID-19. The bill changes that to “40 percent of an outdoor facility’s capacity.” It will be heard in a Senate rules committee today at 10 a.m.

A separate bill filed by House Republicans would allow up to 50% capacity at both indoor and outdoor public school sports arenas.

Meanwhile, in a COVID-19 press conference yesterday, Gov. Roy Cooper loosened restrictions on public school sports, among other things. Indoor public school sports facilities can now operate at 30% capacity with a max of 250 people. And outdoor public school sports facilities can now operate at 30% capacity; the 100-person limit no longer applies.

General Assembly staff presented information on base appropriation levels from the N.C. Community College System’s 2020-21 academic year to a joint meeting of the House and Senate education appropriations committees yesterday. While community college enrollment typically increases during recessions, North Carolina has experienced a decrease in enrollment. But staff said this was consistent with national trends due to COVID-19. Staff also presented data showing that North Carolina’s community college in-state tuition rates are lower than all other Southern states, at $2,440 per year.

The State Board of Education voted yesterday to allow Southside-Ashpole Elementary School in Robeson County to operate under plan B (hybrid in-person and remote learning) starting on March 1. Southside-Ashpole is the lone school in the state’s Innovative School District. The Board also voted to allow students to return to class in-person at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind.

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Analisa Sorrells

Analisa Sorrells is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School and previously worked as chief of staff and associate director of policy for EducationNC.


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