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  • Summary date: Apr 10 2023 - View Summary

    Amends GS 115C-47(29a), pertaining to the responsibilities of a local board of education (“local boards”) to require display of certain items at public schools as follows. Requires local boards to require that each school prominently display inside each school building’s main entrance, the following quote from the State constitution: "Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools, libraries, and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." Also specifies that the schools should provide age appropriate instruction on the US and State constitutions, in addition to the other matters listed in GS 115C-47(29a). Requires the State Board of Education (GS 115C-12), charter schools (GS 115C-218.80), regional schools (GS 115C-238.66), the NC School of the Arts (GS 116-69.1), the NC School of Science and Mathematics (GS 116-235), and nonpublic schools operating under Article 39 of GS 115C (GS 115C-567) to adopt policies to implement GS 155C-47(29a). Makes technical, conforming, and organizational changes.

    Appropriates from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction $25,000 in nonrecurring funds for the 2023-2024 fiscal year to implement the requirements of the act, including to fund the purchase of supplies for students to create displays or to fund the purchase of mounted plaques. Effective July 1, 2023, and applies beginning with the 2024-2025 school year.