Government Relations Update
November 18th, 2021
As you may recall, NCSCA's Legislative Priority of:
- Align pay scale with that of other advanced degree level professionals while protecting NBPTS pay
made it to the final version before being sent to the budget conference committee. However, this priority did not end up in the final conference committee substitute of the budget.
As a compromise though, the final budget does allocate recurring funding for $1,000 annual supplements for school counselors! Specifically:
School counselors who are licensed as counselors at the master's degree level or higher shall receive a salary supplement each month of one hundred dollars ($100.00).
NC school counselors will still be paid on the teacher / instructional support pay scale and will still benefit from any step increases that occur with that scale, including NBPTS pay supplements.
You can find this in the budget document on page 110, beginning on line 4 - PART VII-A. COMPENSATION OF PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES
Additional information can be found by visiting the following budget related links below. For questions, email us anytime at email@example.com
Lifetime Licensure for Professional Educators
Lifetime License for Professional Educators. – The State Board of Education shall issue a lifetime license, which shall require no renewal, to an individual currently licensed as a professional educator who has met at least one of the following criteria:
(1) Completed 30 or more years of creditable service with the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System.
(2) Completed a combined total of 30 or more years of employment as a licensed teacher, administrator, or student services personnel in one or more public school units in North Carolina.
Additional information will be available from NC DPI's Educator's Licensure Division once the budget becomes law. Visit their website at: https://www.dpi.nc.gov/educators/educators-licensure
Visit the links below for more info!
Education News for North Carolina
Legislative Info & Acronyms
Biennium- A two-year term of legislative activity
Public Bill- Legislation enacted into law that applies to the public at large
Local Bill- Legislation put into law that has limited application (How many counties)- Local bills do not have to be signed by the governor
Sponsor- The legislator who presents a bill or resolution for consideration
Resolution- A document that expresses the sentiment or intent of the legislature or a chamber. Resolutions, when finalized, go to the Secretary of State
DPI = NC Department of Public Instruction
LEA = Local Education Agency
NCGA = North Carolina General Assembly
LB/LOB = Legislative Building/Legislative Office Building
SBE = North Carolina State Board of Education
SISP = Specialized Instructional Support Personnel
HB/SB = House Bill/Senate Bill
JR = Joint Resolution
SL = Session Law
GS = General Statute
PCS = Proposed Committee Substitute