Wake Ed

Wake County school board to get update on General Assembly

Wake County school board members will get updated Monday on how North Carolina’s largest school system could be impacted by a new state budget and other legislation being considered by the General Assembly.

The agenda for the school board’s government relations committee includes an update on the development of the new state budget, which will in turn affect Wake’s budget. The $22.22 billion state House budget adopted last week goes to the Senate, where negotiations will take place to work out a final plan that’s acceptable to both bodies.

The House budget includes raises of up to 5 percent for some teachers. Teachers with less than five years experience, who have gotten raises the past few years, would get a a $1,000 bonus this year that would count toward their retirement instead of a raise.

The school board’s budget doesn’t request money from the Wake County Board of Commissioners for teacher raises this year. Instead, the district built its budget around a projected 3-percent increase in state raises for teachers.

The committee will also get an update on the education-related bills that are before both chambers. Unlike most smaller districts, Wake pays for a lobbyist to promote its agenda to the General Assembly.

While not officially part of the agenda, there might be discussion about House Bill 2 and how the federal and state lawsuits over school bathroom access for transgender students could affect the district.

At the last committee meeting in March, board members asked about the potential impact of the Obama Administration withholding federal funding over HB2. Staff responded then that they’d monitor the situation. The situation has escalated since then with the Obama Administration demanding that the state repeal HB2.

Neighboring districts like Durham and Chapel Hill-Carrboro have both passed resolutions opposing HB2, The Wake school board hasn’t taken a position on the legislation.