Senate approves funding fixes

Posted February 4, 2015

— The Senate approved legislation Wednesday that provides funding for two new state commissions and requires the Department of Public Instruction to help pay the state's legal fees to fight a State Board of Education lawsuit.

Senate Bill 14 passed 38-11 and headed to the House.

The only debate concerned funding for the Academic Standards Review Commission, which was created last year to rewrite the achievement goals for public school students after lawmakers decided to abandon the national Common Core standards. Under the bill, DPI would have to shift $275,000 in funding for positions that are currently vacant to the new commission.

"I hate for us to be spending and wasting money hiring experts to go back and ... rethink and redo something that's already been done collectively," said Sen. Floyd McKissick, D-Durham, noting that Common Core was developed over several years with input from most states.

Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, responded that North Carolina isn't using Common Core anymore, so new academic standards need to be developed in a methodical fashion.

"We fought that battle, and you lost," Tillman told McKissick.

Senate Bill 14 also spells out how much the Department of Public Safety will get in fees charged to electric utilities from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to fund the state's Coal Ash Management Commission. Also, DPI must transfer $100,000 from its legal budget to the state Rules Review Commission to help pay its legal fees.

Last November, the State Board of Education sued the state and the Rules Review Commission, arguing that the board's powers under the state constitution should exempt its policy decisions from administrative review.


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  • xylem01 Feb 5, 2015

    I thought we were 500 Million plus in the RED already.

  • teleman60 Feb 5, 2015

    Also, why do we need a COAL ASH MGT commission? If the gov wasn't a former employee we'd just let THE Attorney General DO HIS JOB and SUE THEM to Clean It Up!

    But now we need another commission with MORE LEGAL FEES - everybody see where this is goin'?

    The small govt people just can't seem to stop MAKING MORE GOVERNMENT!!!!

  • teleman60 Feb 5, 2015

    Once again the SMALL GOVT guys create ANOTHER COMMISSION to write New Rules for public schools - WHAT'S Wrong with the already existing bureaucracy we've already paid for?

    Oh yea, republicans need some more questionable laws so they can finance their lawyer friends' new beach condos.

    This is what happens when 17% of the voting public thinks they are a majority with a mandate - republicans successfully destroyed the credibility of the GA causing the lowest voter turnout in history except they kept stoking the fires under their base voters and look what happened - they took over the state and the Congress because 60% of voters were too disgusted to vote.

    It was never about governing responsibly - it appears to always have been about remaking the country in a deluded image of Andy and Opie and Aunt Bea with torches and pitchforks.

  • Michael Lashley Feb 4, 2015
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    "We fought that battle, and you lost," Tillman told McKissick.
    Sounds like a really mature and respectful thing for an elected official to say...

  • Phil Larson Feb 4, 2015
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    Are GA consist of a bunch of lunatics.