The N.C. State Board of Education meets today. Here is the agenda.
From EdNC’s Caroline Parker:
March is Arts in Our Schools Month in North Carolina. As stated in the 2019 State Board of Education proclamation in support of Arts in Our Schools, “all students participating in arts education courses benefit from the skills and processes developed through the arts and apply those skills in a variety of disciplines and settings no matter their intended career path.”
EdNC will continue to tell stories of the arts and their impact in our classrooms this month and beyond. Check out our coverage of arts and education here and tell us what you think we should be reporting on here.
From EdNC’s Alex Granados:
A bill allocating federal COVID-19 relief funds to a number of areas including public education passed the full House yesterday. It includes more than $100 million for K-12 public schools.
A House bill that would allow up to 50% capacity at both indoor and outdoor public school sports arenas passed the full House yesterday and goes now to the Senate. So, too, did a local bill that would allow up to 50% capacity at outdoor high school sports arenas. Local bills are not subject to gubernatorial vetoes.
The Senate voted yesterday to reconsider the override of Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill that would have forced districts to bring students back into classrooms. After doing so, they sent it back to the Senate rules committee. The move could pave the way for the Senate to ultimately have a second attempt at an override of the veto. To do so, a 2/3rds majority of Senators will have to vote to override.
Meanwhile, the state Department of Health and Human Services revised its school COVID-19 guidelines to say that all schools should “return to in-person instruction to the fullest extent possible up to five days per week.” Remote learning should only be an option offered for those who need it.
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