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From EdNC’s Alex Granados:

A slew of bills addressing audiences at public school sporting events are making their way through the legislature this week. 

One bill would allow attendance at outdoor student sports venues to be 40% of the facility’s capacity. It passed the Senate Monday and is now in the House. 

A House bill that would allow up to 50% capacity at both indoor and outdoor public school sports arenas got a favorable vote in a House education committee Tuesday. 

Both of those bills are statewide, but a pair of bills in the House and Senate would make similar changes but only in a handful of counties, making them local bills and exempt from a gubernatorial veto. Both of these local bills have been moving through the legislature this week.  

A bill allocating federal COVID-19 relief funds to a number of areas including public education made its way through a variety of House committees yesterday. The full House is expected to vote on the legislation today. It includes more than $100 million for K-12 public schools, plus $40 million that can be used for the summer learning program legislation that passed the House last week. The funds are part of $1.6 billion that the federal government sent North Carolina for its public schools under the most recent COVID-19 relief legislation. More specifically, they are part of the 10% of that $1.6 billion that the state is allowed to withhold for emergency needs.  

The Senate is expected to hold a vote today to reconsider the override of Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill that would have forced districts to bring students back into classrooms. If the motion passes, then the Senate will be able to try again to override the veto. Read a press release about this here. 

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Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.

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