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Wake County school board to discuss 2016 legislative agenda

Sherese Lingard, 16, looks behind the car before reversing during the the behind-the-wheel portion of driver's education program run by Jordan Driving School, Aug. 19, 2015 in Raleigh, N.C. The Wake County school board may lobby state lawmakers to continue funding driver’s education past the 2016-17 fiscal year.
Sherese Lingard, 16, looks behind the car before reversing during the the behind-the-wheel portion of driver's education program run by Jordan Driving School, Aug. 19, 2015 in Raleigh, N.C. The Wake County school board may lobby state lawmakers to continue funding driver’s education past the 2016-17 fiscal year. jhknight@newsobserver.com

Wake County school board members will try to develop Monday their plan for what to lobby for when the General Assembly returns to Raleigh on April 25.

The sole item on the meeting agenda for the board’s government relations committee is discussion of the legislative priorities for the 2016 short session. It won’t be easy getting much of what the Democratic-led school board wants adopted by the Republican-led General Assembly.

For instance, Wake didn’t have much luck with 2015 legislative items such as abolishing the A-F grading of schools, school calendar flexibility and authorization to operate its own charter schools.

But Wake had better luck on other items in the long session. For instance, while the General Assembly didn’t restore language about continuing to fund growth and driver’s ed, money was provided for both in the state budget.

Among the items for the 2016 agenda, Wake could urge lawmakers to find a way to fund driver’s education past the 2016-17 fiscal year.

As North Carolina’s largest school system, Wake school leaders have said they hope that their views would have weight with state lawmakers. The school system is continuing to use Courtney Crowder as its lobbyist at the General Assembly.

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