Bill Summary for S 816 (2019-2020)

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Jun 22 2020

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
Senate Bill 816 (Public) Filed Tuesday, May 19, 2020
AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR ENROLLMENT GROWTH AT NORTH CAROLINA'S COMMUNITY COLLEGES, TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR ADDITIONAL COOPERATIVE INNOVATIVE HIGH SCHOOLS, TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TO REPORT ON THE FUNDING FOR COOPERATIVE INNOVATIVE HIGH SCHOOLS BY DEVELOPMENT TIER AREA LOCATION, TO PLACE A MORATORIUM ON NEW COOPERATIVE INNOVATIVE HIGH SCHOOLS FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR, TO LIMIT APPROVALS FOR CERTAIN NEW COOPERATIVE INNOVATIVE HIGH SCHOOLS, AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND TO BE USED TO OFFSET GENERAL FUND APPROPRIATIONS ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT FOR ALLOWABLE EXPENDITURES.
Intro. by Brown, Harrington, B. Jackson.

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Conference report makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.

Adds the following content.

Section 5

Requires the Department of Public Instruction to report to the specified NCGA committee with specified information concerning approved cooperative innovative high schools relating to development tier designations used in allocating funding, including projected adjustments for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

Section 6

Bars the State Board of Education (State Board) from approving any new applications for cooperative innovative high schools to open for the 2021-22 school year.

Section 7

Amends GS 115C-238.51A placing limitations on the Board's approval of cooperative innovative high schools. Permits the Board to conditionally approve up to three applications that request additional funds to open in a school year. Allows applicants not approved due to the new limitation to revise the application with no additional funding requested. Authorizes the Board to prioritize conditional approval of applications for schools located in local administrative units that do not already operate a school. Applies beginning with applications to open a cooperative innovative high school for the 2022-23 school year and subsequent years. 

Section 8

States legislative findings regarding authorized uses of federal CARES Act funds.

Directs transfer of $645,400,000 in nonrecurring funds from the Coronavirus Relief Reserve to the Coronavirus Relief Fund (both established in SL 2020-4, 2020 COVID-19 Recovery Act). Appropriates the transferred funds to the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) for 2020-21 to offset General Fund appropriations across State government for allowable expenditures from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Creates the Statewide Reserve for Appropriations (Reserve) in the General Fund with this amount as the beginning balance. Requires the Reserve to have a $0 balance by December 30, 2020. Prohibits use of the funds to increase requirements for State entities. Makes the general provisions of Part I of SL 2020-4 applicable to the funds and requires OSBM to include the funds in the report required under Section 1.7 of SL 2020-4.

Maintains the act's effective date of July 1, 2020. Changes the act's titles.

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