Colin Campbell reports in the Insider this morning, “A proposal to make financial aid forms a high school graduation requirement got stripped out of a wide-ranging education bill in the House on Tuesday. A new version of Senate Bill 113 rolled out in the House Rules Committee includes school calendar provisions for year-round schools during COVID-19 and would allow the superintendent of public instruction to approve charter school construction bonds. But House members took issue with a provision requiring all graduating seniors to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA. Supporters of the provision said it was recommended by the myFutureNC Commission in an effort to help more kids qualify for financial aid. But others worried it could be a burden on parents and require families to disclose financial information. “I think there are other ways to go about this,” said Rep. Gale Adcock, D-Wake. “It seems like an intrusion by the state.” An amendment from Rep. Jamie Boles, R-Moore, deleted the FAFSA requirement from the bill. The bill also contains provisions tweaking remote education requirements for the coming school year; similar language is in another House bill that hasn’t made it through the Senate.”
Here is the committee substitute. This bill is on the calendar today in the House. The House convenes at 1:30 p.m.
Speaking of FAFSA, our colleagues at the Hunt Institute are holding a webinar about higher ed access tomorrow, June 25 at 2 p.m. Register here!
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