Last night the North Carolina Senate voted not to concur with changes made by the House to Senate Bill 654. The House passed the bill last week after adding $360 million in federal dollars for state public schools and a delay on implementation of the State Board’s controversial new social studies standards. Since the bill originated in the Senate, it had to go back for concurrence. Now that the Senate has voted not to concur, a conference committee will be formed to work out the differences between the two chambers.
In others news, the latest consensus revenue forecast is expected to be released today. Stay tuned.
The State Board of Education will meet remotely, via conference call, on Thursday, June 17, at 10 a.m, regarding the K-12 social studies glossary, crosswalk and strand maps and K- 5 unpacking documents, the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) State Plan and other items. The meeting agenda is available online.
The department is posting the documents online now so families, educators, and community organizations can follow how officials plan to spend this once-in-a-generation influx of federal funds for education.... Read the rest