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What’s in Senate and House Budget Proposals for Young Children?

Posted June 5, 2017 in News

Both bodies of the North Carolina General Assembly have passed budget proposals. The bills will now head to a Conference Committee. Although details and amounts of funding may differ, areas of general agreement on select birth-through-eight provisions include:

  • Expanded funding for NC Pre-K,
  • Expanded funding for Smart Start for early literacy programs,
  • Subsidy child care market rate increase,
  • Development of a case management system for child welfare,
  • Funding to implement the child welfare program improvement plan,
  • Funding to support aligning state blood lead standard with the federal standard,
  • Expanded funding for home visiting,
  • Pay increase for principals and assistant principals,
  • Pay increase for teachers,
  • Pay increase for Local Education Agency employees,
  • Funding to continue teacher bonus programs,
  • Funding to support positions in the State Superintendent’s office,
  • Requirement that the State Board of Education develop, adopt and provide to Local Education Agencies three options of developmentally-appropriate reading assessments for kindergarten, first, second and third grades, and
  • Expanded funding for textbooks and digital resources.

A detailed comparison of the proposals is outlined in the below chart.