An update from EdNC’s Alex Granados:
A bill that amends the state’s opportunity scholarship program passed the full House along party lines yesterday with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats voting against. The bill makes many changes, including changing the formulas used to determine the amount of money students get in various school choice programs that can be used for private school. Opportunity scholarships would go from a fixed amount of $4,200 to “up to seventy percent (70%) of the average State per pupil allocation in the prior fiscal year,” instead. That goes up to 80% in the 2023-24 school year. The bill also merges the Special Education Scholarship for Children with Disabilities and the Personal Education Savings Account and makes funding for the program mainly a percentage of average state per-pupil allocation. The bill goes now to the Senate.
The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) will hold a virtual monthly meeting on Thursday, April 15, at 9 a.m. The agenda is available online.
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