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NCPTA Supports HB 919 Reinstate Funding for Driver Education

HB 919 Funding for Driver Education. State funding for driver education is set to expire this year. HB 919 reinstates this funding by providing a dedicated funding stream to continue state funding for driver education.

This bill funds the Driver Education Program, while reducing the allowable fee from $65 to $45 and creates a funding stream with fees beginning in 2016-2017.

  • Provides access to available state funds for 2015-2016 through unclaimed lottery funds
  • Provides a funding stream through late fees for motor vehicle registrations for 2016-2017
  • Reduces the parent fee from $65 to a cap of $45
  • Requires DPI to review and make Program changes after the May 2015 NHTSA review to implement best practices

The NCPTA Board of Directors supports HB 919 and is working with the NC School Boards Association, NC Association of School Administrators and NC Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association in support of this bill. HB 919 has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

For additional information, please visit Driver Education Matters at www.DriverEducationMatters.com.

Primary Sponsors for HB 919
Rep. Pat Hurley, Randolph County
Rep. Linda Johnson, Cabarrus County
Rep. Becky Carney, Mecklenburg County
Rep. John Torbett, Gaston County

Additional Sponsors for HB 919
Rep. Gale Adcock, Wake County
Rep. John Bradford, Mecklenburg County
Rep. Brian Brown, Pitt County
Rep. Jeffrey Elmore, Alleghany County and Wilkes County
Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield, Pitt County and Wilson County
Rep. Susan Fisher, Buncombe County
Rep. Elmer Floyd, Cumberland County
Rep. John Fraley, Iredell County
Rep. Rosa Gill, Wake County
Rep. Rick Glazier, Cumberland County
Rep. Charles Graham, Robeson County
Rep. George Graham, Craven County, Greene County and Lenoir County
Rep. Susi Hamilton, Brunswick County and New Hanover County
Rep. Yvonne Lewis Holley, Wake County
Rep. Howard Hunter, Bertie County, Gates County, Hertford and Pasquotank County
Rep. Verla Insko, Orange County
Rep. Charles Jeter, Mecklenburg County
Rep. Ralph Johnson, Guilford County
Rep. Marvin Lucas, Cumberland County
Rep. Susan Martin, Pitt County and Wilson County
Rep. Chuck McGrady, Henderson County
Rep. Allen McNeill, Moore County and Randolph County
Rep. Graig Meyer, Durham County and Orange County
Rep. Gary Pendleton, Wake County
Rep. Robert Reives, Chatham County and Lee County
Rep. Bobbie Richardson, Franklin County and Nash County
Rep. Dennis Riddell, Alamance County
Rep.George Robinson, Caldwell County
Rep. Stephen Ross, Alamance County
Rep. Phil Shepard, Onslow County
Rep. Evelyn Terry, Forsyth County
Rep. Brian Turner, Buncombe County
Rep. Rena Tyrner, Iredell County
Rep. Ken Waddell, Bladen County, Columbus County and Robeson County
Rep. Sam Watford, Davidson County
Rep. Chris Whitmire, Henderson County, Polk County and Transylvania County
Rep. Michael Wray, Halifax County and Northampton County and County

National PTA Takes Action Update

Click on this link to view the September 8 National PTA Takes Action update.  This update includes information on National PTA’s recent addition of a School Nutrition Policy Fellow, National Voter Registration Day, Common Core State Standards Initiative, White House Family Engagement Symposium, and more!

Link to Sen. Hagan and Speaker Tillis U.S. Senate Debate

If you missed the recent debate between U.S. Senator Hagan and Speaker Tillis, you can catch it here via this WRAL link:  http://www.wral.com/hagan-tillis-meet-in-first-senate-debate/13948120/

Judge Hobgood Rules Voucher Program Unconstitutional

Link to News and Observer article on Judge’s finding:  http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/21/4086127/judge-finds-nc-voucher-program.html?sp=/99/100/&ihp=1

Legislature has Adjourned

The Legislature has adjourned sine die and will return for the 2015 long session on January 14.

Judge Likely to Issue Ruling on Voucher Case Thursday

News and Observer article on status of voucher case:  http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/19/4082533/nc-judge-to-issue-voucher-ruling.html

House Defeats HB 1224 by 54-47

The House today defeated HB 1224, a local sales tax options bill that was tied to a teacher assistant funding fix and an economic incentive program.  HB 1224 would have capped Wake County and Forsyth County sales tax at 2.5%.

Here is a link to a WRAL article on today’s vote:  http://www.wral.com/house-defeats-senate-gambit-on-tas-incentives/13906612/

WRAL Article on Status of Teacher Assistant Funding Issue

Link to WRAL article on teacher assistant funding issue being tied to House Bill 1224, a sales tax and economic development bill.  http://www.wral.com/ta-funding-economic-development-bills-remain-for-lawmakers/13897669/

News and Observer Article on Changes to Teacher Compensation

This News and Observer focuses on changes to teacher compensation in the recently adopted General Assembly budget:

http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/04/4050885/new-pay-plan-for-nc-teachers-sows.html?sp=/99/100/&ihp=1

WRAL Article on Items Unresolved this Legislative Session

See article here:  http://www.wral.com/house-passes-budget-leaves-session-running/13862028/