Today@NCCapitol (Feb. 7): Arts, PE funding fix in House Education

Posted February 7

Legislative Building

— House members are expected to tackle a pair of high-profile education issues in committee Tuesday.

The House K-12 Education Committee is scheduled to take up a class size bill designed to make sure schools can keep arts and physical education programs.

Last year's state budget tightened requirements for elementary school class sizes. However, that additional regulation didn't come with additional funding. Local school districts say that, in order to meet the new regulations, they would likely have to lay off specialty teachers in favor or hiring more class size instructors. House Bill 13 at least partially rolls back last year's budget move.

Later in the day, the House Education Committee on Universities will take up a bill to trim membership of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors from 32 to 24.

Not hugging it out: Gov. Roy Cooper and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger continue to feud over the Senate's plan to confirm gubernatorial appointments. A court hearing on Cooper's request for a temporary restraining order against the new law is expected at 4 p.m.

Scheduling notes: The legislature publishes a full committee calendar every day. The House and Senate floor sessions scheduled for Tuesday are expected to be no-vote "skeleton" sessions.

The Council of State, a 10-member panel chaired by Cooper, meets at 10 a.m. to handle a raft of real estate matters, including leasing a helicopter hangar in Wayne County for one of UNC's air ambulances.

Bill filings: A quartet of House Republicans on Monday filed House Bill 43, which would allow insurers to opt out of North Carolina's auto insurance rate structure by establishing their own insurer-specific plans.

Program notes: Today@NCCapitol will publish most mornings the legislature is in session with a look ahead for that day's activities. Look for TheWrap@NCCapitol, a video recap of legislative business, at the conclusion of most legislative days.


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