Government Relations Update

November 2nd, 2020

NCGA Update

The NC House & Senate stand adjourned sine die.


The 2021 Long Session of the North Carolina General Assembly will convene Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at 12:00pm.


For questions, email us anytime at governmentrelations@ncschoolcounselor.org

NCGA Session Year 2019 Summaries of Substantive Legislation

See links below for summaries of substantive legislation for Children & Families, Education, and Health & Human Services. All summaries can be found at https://www.ncleg.gov/Legislation/SummariesPublication/

Highlights from NCDPI / NCSBE

NC State Board of Education - Legislative Priorities

See the strategic plan and legislative priorities of the North Carolina State Board of Education below.


NC SBE- 2025 Statewide Strategic Plan



1. Early Grades Reading - SBE K-3 Education Framework


2. Teacher Preparation, Professional Learning Opportunities, and Compensation


3. Principal Preparation, Professional Learning Opportunities, and Compensation


4. Supporting the Whole Child (Social/ Emotional and Student Mental Health)


5. School Accountability and Teacher Effectiveness Models


6. School and District Assistance and Turnaround


7. Connecting High School to Postsecondary and Career Opportunities


8. Increasing NC DPI Support Positions


9. Support for Other Agency Budget Requests

Highlights from October NC SBE Planning & Work Session

HEALTHY RESPONSIBLE STUDENTS COMMITTEE


myFutureNC SPECIAL COMMITTEE


COVID-19 State and Federal Funds Overview

From ASCA: Election Conversations & Resources

School counselors play an important role in helping ensure students learn to have respectful conversations about politically charged issues. Linked below are some suggestions and resources to consider as you provide ongoing support to your students in the days immediately before and after the 2020 election.


Before you take any action, review your school and district policies to be sure you don’t violate any policies as you help your students. For example, some districts have policies prohibiting faculty from talking about politics with students. In addition, consult with your district to discover any guidance or response initiatives it has in place, so your actions align with school and district programs.

Apply to be a U.S. Department of Education School Ambassador

The U.S. Department of Education's School Ambassador Fellowship is designed to support the department’s efforts in improving educational outcomes for students and families by involving school-based stakeholders in the development and implementation of national education policy.


The School Ambassador Fellowship is a one-year professional learning community. Throughout their fellowship year, School Ambassador Fellows will share perspectives from the field that ultimately inform educational decisions at the national level, work alongside department officials as a full-time member of the Department of Education community or continue working within your school and collaborate on a part-time basis, and facilitate meaningful interactions between national policy-makers and educators in the field.


For more info, visit the link below. The deadline to apply is Jan. 11, 2021.

Visit the links below for more info!

Education News for North Carolina

Legislative Info & Acronyms

Glossary of Legislative Terms


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