Bill Summaries: S870 FLAGS AT EVERY SCHOOL.

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  • Summary date: May 3 2024 - View Summary

    Amends GS 115C-47 to require local boards of education to adopt policies for the display of the US and State flags on school grounds near the main entrance to each school and in each classroom (was, in only in each classroom when available). Makes those same changes to: GS 115C-150.12C (applicable to schools for the deaf and blind); GS 115C-218.80 (applicable to charter schools); GS 116-69.1 (applicable to the UNC School of the Arts); and GS 116-235 (applicable to the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics—further amends the statute to specify that instruction in the meaning and history of the flag and pledge must be age-appropriate).

    Amends GS 115C-238.66 and GS 116-239.8 to require regional schools and laboratory schools to display the US and NC flags on school grounds near the man entrance to the school and in each classroom; recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily; and provide age-appropriate instruction on the meaning and origins of the flag and pledge. Prohibits a compelling a person to stand, salute the flag, or recite the pledge.

    Appropriates $1 million in nonrecurring funds for 2024-25 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction and $100,000 in recurring funds for 2025-26 to allocate to public schools for the purchase of flags.

    Appropriates $1,000 in recurring funds for 2024-25 from the General Fund to the UNC Board of Governors to be allocated to the secondary schools it controls for the purchase of flags.

    Applies beginning with the 2024-25 school year.