MESSAGES 2014 :: JUNE 9, 2014

JUNE 9, 2014

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014

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We expect to see the House budget tomorrow and for deliberations between the House and Senate to begin in earnest to hammer out a final budget. There is one key issue that has not received a lot of notice, but which could be extraordinarily difficult for LEAs. Currently, the Senate budget removes average daily membership adjustments from being included in the continuation budget (creating a situation in which lawmakers would have to explicitly place ADM increases into the budget each and every year). Removing ADM increases from continuation will make your planning work much more difficult going forward. North Carolina has included ADM increases in the continuation budget since the School Machinery Act of 1931. We will keep you posted as lawmaking unfolds.

June Atkinson
State Superintendent

HB Update
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NCDLP Policy Brief
(pdf, 108kb)

In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. State Board of Education Meeting Highlights
  2. 158 NC Schools to Receive Fresh Produce in 2014-15
  3. NC Educators Report on Working Conditions
  4. Legislative Update Webinar Reminder
  5. NC Digital Learning Plan Policy Brief
  6. Finance Officers' Newsletter Online

State Board of Education Meeting Highlights

At last week's State Board of Education meeting, members approved changes to the charter school application process, timeline and content. The Board also gave its approval to AP and IB courses to satisfy graduation requirements, new licensure areas for Institutes of Higher Education, Elementary and Special Education licensure exams and initial licensure exam requirements. McKinney-Vento Homeless Children Assistance, USDA Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Assistance Program, State Personnel Development, and Math and Science Partnership grants also received Board approval. Board members also discussed the 2014 NC Teacher Working Conditions Preliminary Report and possible revisions to its dropout policy. For a complete list of Board actions, visit

158 NC Schools to Receive Fresh Produce in 2014-15

Students at 158 elementary schools throughout North Carolina will enjoy more fresh fruits and vegetables during the 2014-15 school year thanks to a $4 million grant from the USDA Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program. The grant will be used to expand the variety of fruits and vegetables on school menus and to increase overall fruit and vegetable consumption by providing healthier snack choices for students. To read more, visit and select the appropriate link under "News."

NC Educators Report on Working Conditions

The 2014 NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey (NC TWC) captured the voices of 93,178 (89%) teachers and administrators in North Carolina public schools, according to a preliminary report presented to the State Board of Education today. The NC TWC Survey, which was administered this past spring, provides each North Carolina school with a 40 percent or greater response rate (2,519 or 98% of all public schools) with its own data that becomes a part of the school's ongoing improvement planning process. To read more, visit and select the appropriate link under "News." To access this year's survey as well as results from previous years, visit

Legislative Update Webinar Reminder

Superintendents are reminded that the next Legislative Update Webinar will be held on Thursday, June 12, at 10 a.m. This is a day and time change in order to accommodate LEAs' summer work schedules. Also, the next two webinars will be held on June 16 and 30 also at 10 a.m. Register for a session now by clicking a link below:
June 12 -
June 16 -
June 30 -
Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration
with information you need to join the Webinar.

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NC Digital Learning Plan Policy Brief

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University has been asked to develop the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan to continue and accelerate North Carolina's progress towards personalized digital-age education. The attached June 2014 Policy Brief sets the stage for the overall effort as the initial deliverable. Questions regarding the brief may be directed to Jeni Corn, director of Evaluation Programs, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation College of Education, NC State University, at or 919/513-8527.

Finance Officers' Newsletter Online

The June 4 edition of the Finance Officers' newsletter is online and contains the following items: 2014 Year-End Salary Reminders, FY 2014 Close Out Deadlines (LEAs and Charter Schools), FY 2014 Close Out Reminders (LEAs only), State PRC 008 – Dollar Allotments for K-3 Teachers (LEAs) and 2013-14 Replacement School Buses. To read more, please go to the NCDPI's Financial and Business Services Web site at and click on Resources, then Newsletters.