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WCPTA News

3/3/2019

 
The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research invites you to join the People's Session — a new project, launched today, that allows you to weigh in on policy issues and share your own priorities for our state.

In two weeks, the People's Session will end, and we will surface the top education priorities of North Carolinians. Then, we will publish those priorities and share them with our legislators.


Register Now to Attend NCPTA PTA Day

The annual PTA Lobby Day is Tuesday, March 26. This is a great opportunity to build legislative support for our schools and showcase PTAs across 
the state. Join your fellow PTA members and partners for PTA Day.

Training Session
Join us on Monday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. for a webinar-based training and information session to help you get prepared for PTA Day. During the training session, you’ll hear about NCPTA’s legislative priorities for all of North Carolina’s children and their families. You’ll learn about the details and agenda for PTA Day, and get to ask questions that will help you get comfortable with our day at the North Carolina General Assembly.

Whether you’re new to advocacy, or you’ve done it before, this webinar-based training will provide you with all of the information you need to get prepared and feel empowered.

Restoration of Master’s Pay
A bipartisan group of legislators in the Senate filed S28, primary sponsors Senators Britt and Horner, would restore Master’s Pay for teachers with certain Master’s degrees. This bill requires that teachers who spend at least 70% of their work time teaching a subject related to their Master’s degree would receive a supplement to their current salary. The Master’s Pay supplement was previously removed in 2013.

School Calendar Debate and Discussion
The school calendar flexibility bills continue to be filed every day in both chambers. The House K-12 Education Committee held a discussion-only meeting around the topic of school calendar flexibility, and NewFrame, our NCPTA lobbyists attended.

Funding Priorities from WCPSS Superintendant's Office
Members of the school board's Finance Committee recently held a discussion about the development of our upcoming 2019-2020 budget. Unlike in past years, we are sharing information about some items before the superintendent's proposed budget is presented to the Board of Education in the coming weeks.

One of the most important items we must face in the 2019-2020 budget is our approach to long-term funding in several key areas. For example:

K-3 Class Size: There are costs associated with the state's new K-3 class size legislation -- primarily adding hundreds of new classrooms and teachers -- that will require a funding plan spanning several years.

Social-Emotional Needs: A cost of nearly $30 million to add enough counselors, psychologists and social workers to reach national standards will require a multi-year plan. That plan will also be affected by the state initiatives in this area.

Deferred maintenance and staffing: Catching up with deferred maintenance in our schools -- and adding an adequate number of staff members to deliver those services -- has reached a point where only a multi-year plan can help us meet staff and facility needs.

Salaries: Salaries for non-teaching and non-certified positions have not kept pace with inflation in the past decade. While we cannot address that gap in a single year, we must start now to simply attract and retain the employees we need. Additionally, we must continue to address the salaries of our certified staff.

Growth: In addition, we will be separating the costs of new schools and special education from overall growth. While overall growth has slowed, new schools are still needed in our fastest-growing areas of the county and many of our schools still depend on trailers to accommodate students. The nature of special education students is also changing in a way that requires more funding for the same number of special needs children.
We hope this approach will help make our needs -- both current and future -- more transparent to those who support the Wake County Public School System. More details will be released in the coming weeks as we work toward a final budget document for 2019-2020.

​Upcoming Events
 

Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6 - 10, 2019


2019 National PTA Convention and Expo
Columbus, Ohio
June 20 - 23, 2019
Join us the 2019 National PTA Convention and Expo June 20 – 23, 2019 in Columbus, OH! 

ADVOCACY

As the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the nation, National PTA is the conscience of the country for children and youth issues. Through advocacy, as well as family and community education, National PTA has established programs and called for legislation that improves our children’s lives, such as:
  • Creation of Kindergarten classes
  • Child labor laws
  • Public health service
  • Hot and healthy lunch programs
  • Juvenile justice system
  • Mandatory immunization
  • Arts in Education
  • School Safety
On the local level, there are many ways you can be involved in advocacy efforts.  You probably know that there are bi-monthly school board meetings, but there are also BAC's (Board Advisory Council Meetings).  Board Advisory Council meetings are made up of citizen members, school administrators and other staff to provide feedback and consultation to each board member by district. Find all School Board related meeting on their calendar.

For more informationemail Lisa Mead at Advocacy@wakepta.org.
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