Bill Summary for H 17 (2023-2024)
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AN ACT TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF NORTH CAROLINA TO ELECT MEMBERS OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, TO MAKE THE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION THE CHAIR OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AS AN EX OFFICIO MEMBER, AND TO REQUIRE THAT VACANCY APPOINTMENTS BE FILLED AS PROVIDED BY LAW.Intro. by Blackwell, Torbett, Hardister, Willis.
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Effective January 1, 2026, and subject to voter approval at the November 2024 general election, amends Section 4, Article IX of the NC Constitution to revise membership of the State Board of Education (SBE) as follows. Designates the Superintendent of Public Instruction as SBE's chair, rather than secretary, and includes the Superintendent among SBE members listed. Replaces existing provisions that call for the appointment of eleven members by the Governor to serve eight year terms from legislatively divided districts. Instead, provides for a number of members equal to the membership of the US House of Representative apportioned to the State, to be elected to four-year terms by district voters from districts established by the NCGA in a manner prescribed by law. Requires vacancies for elected members to be filled in a manner prescribed by law by the NCGA (current law requires vacancies of appointed members to be filled by the Governor without legislative confirmation). Applies to terms of office beginning January 1, 2027.