2024 Legislative Agenda

Student learning at school
  • Our Legislative Agenda highlights key areas that must be addressed in the current legislative session to help our children succeed.

    The Wake County Board of Education supports the guiding principles of the NC School Boards Association's Legislative Agenda with a particular emphasis on the following:

High-Quality Workforce

  • We ask lawmakers to improve student outcomes by ensuring all student have high-quality educators and high-quality support staff in their schools. 

    Improve recruitment and retention by: 

    Providing competitive salaries and benefits for all employees, including advanced degree pay and retiree health coverage, and preventing salary compression by ensuring continuous step increases for all years, including veteran teachers. 

    WHY?  Funding is needed to ease the current staffing shortage and slow the pace of staff attrition that plagues our schools and impedes the learning and growth of our children.

    Fund full-time, permanent substitute teachers

    WHY?  Building substitutes ensure learning continuity for students by easing the burden of teachers who use their planning time to cover teacher vacancies, shortages, and absences.

    Continued growth of the Teaching Fellows Program

    WHY?  The Teaching Fellows Program is a proven tactic to recruit new teachers to the profession. Expanding the program to more HBCUs creates pathways for teachers of color to enter teaching. Research shows that students of color with at least one teacher of color do better on tests and are less likely to have disciplinary issues.  

    Expansion of lateral entry opportunities

    WHY? Allowing school districts more flexibility and innovation in alternative teacher licensing and certification can help manage staffing shortages. 

Student Well-Being

  • We ask lawmakers to improve student outcomes by supporting programs that improve student disposition and well-being.

    Increase investments in support personnel

    WHY?  Students burdened by a barrage of social, emotional, and mental health issues need support to access learning. We need to bring the state closer to the recommended ratios for school counselors, psychologists, social workers, and nurses to improve student well-being, support student behavior, and improve academic performance. 

    Increase School Safety Funding

    WHY?  We call for flexible funding to institute increased safety measures in schools and support school violence prevention efforts. 

    Support gun safety legislation

    WHY?  We call for lawmakers to pass a state statute requiring safe storage of firearms.  

Student Outcomes

  • We ask lawmakers to improve student outcomes by filling the funding gaps to ensure all children can access learning.

    Reform funding for Academically and Intellectually Gifted Students

    WHY?  Examining the formula for AIG staffing and funding ratios will allow all gifted students to be identified, have their gifts nurtured, and ultimately excel in their intellectual and academic pursuits.

    Fund learning opportunities outside of the classroom

    WHY?  Students need additional instruction and support to recover from the interrupted learning of the pandemic. Flexible state funding for schools will provide summer learning and high dosage tutoring. 

    Fund broadband and technology support professionals

    WHY?  Effective use of technology leverages the teacher's capacity, expands the classroom's physical boundaries to the world, and engages students in ways that other instructional tools cannot.

    Schools and families need funding to improve broadband infrastructure and connectivity. Schools need funding to improve the technician-to-device ratio to ensure students and staff are not interrupted in learning and teaching.

Governance and Accountability

  • We ask lawmakers to support legislation that provides public schools with effective governance to best serve students.

    Grant NCDPI fast-track authority

    WHY?  Providing NCDPI with fast track authority to review and modify plans for Comprehensive Innovative High Schools when there is a crisis can prevent potential school closures and ensure more stability for students. 

    Improve K-12 accountability system

    WHY?  Modifying the state's calculation of school performance grades, such as changes recommended by NCDPI to include additional factors measuring growth, graduation rates, and career credentials, will help accurately measure student readiness, identify challenges, and provide more uniform comparison to other states that give more weight to growth and improvement.