Category: "Campaign Updates"

General Assembly Update – September 24, 2015

Here’s Rep. Jordan’s  General Assembly Update for the week of September 24, 2015.

In this issue:

  • The centennial of West Jefferson is recognized
  • Links to the status bills

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General Assembly Update – September 3, 2015

Here’s Rep. Jordan’s General Assembly Newsletter for September 3, 2015. In this edition, Rep. Jordan gives an update on the budget negotiations.

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General Assembly Newsletter – Monday, August 10, 2015

Here’s Rep. Jonathan Jordan’s General Assembly Newsletter for the week of August, 10, 2015.

In this edition:

  • House bond proposal has $79.5 million for a new building for App State
  • update on budget conference
  • Ashe Hospital added to the National Historic Register
  • links to current legislation

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Legislative Update – July 30, 2015

Here’s Rep. Jordan’s General Assembly Newsletter for July 30, 2015.

In this edition, Rep. Jordan wins a Sunshine Award, a budget conference update, and Watauga County in the news…

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Legislative Update – August 6th, 2015

Here’s Rep. Jonathan Jordan’s Legislative Newsletter for August 6th, 2015.

In this issue: Rep. Jordan is presented the Sunshine Award; an update on the budget conference, where differences between the House and Senate are worked out; and Ashe Hospital is added to the National Historic Register.

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North Carolina House Legislative Partners Thanks Rep. Jordan for Supporting Teacher Assistants

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Rep. Jordan Speaking at MADD North Carolina Press Conference

Here’s video from State Rep. Jonathan Jordan s press conference with MADD and how he’s pushing legislation mandating use of the Interlock device for first time drunk driving offenders and how it helps protect us from drunk drivers.

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Legislative Update – July 16, 2015


Here’s Rep. Jordan’s Newsletter for the week of July 16, 2015.

In this issue:

  • a bill to streamline the legal process regarding expert witnesses heads to the Governor for signature
  • Ashe County’s best kept secrets
  • Rep. Jordan appointed to the Legislature’s Budget Conference Committee
  • status updates on bills in the Legislature

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Legislative Update – July 2, 2015

Here’s Rep. Jordan’s Legislative Newsletter for Thursday, July 2nd, 2015.

In this edition: Rep. Jordan joins MADD at a press conference to promote Interlock for first-time drunk driving offenders, Rep. Jordan wins a Sunshine Reward for “superior” disclosure reports, and the current status of bills in the legislature.

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June 26, 2015 Budget Update – A Look at the Senate and House Education Budgets

This information is provided verbatim from the Public School Forum of North Carolina


Last week, the Senate passed their version of the 2015-17 budget. On Tuesday of this week, the House formally rejected the Senate’s version and the two chambers will now head to conference committee to seek a compromise budget.

In this article, we highlight several of the differences in the education portions of the House and Senate budgets. Some of the largest differences include total spending on education, teacher salaries, teacher assistants and driver’s education.

Overall Budget

The Senate budget provides a 2 percent spending increase, with the entire budget totaling $21.47 billion for 2015-16. In contrast, the House budget provides a 5 percent spending increase, with the entire budget totaling $22.2 billion.

K-12 Education Budget

The Senate budget increases K-12 spending by $176.4 million, or 2.2 percent, over the current fiscal year. The House would increase the K-12 budget by $268.8 million, or 3.3 percent, over the current year, although $31.6 million of that is nonrecurring funding. Funding statewide enrollment growth accounts for $100 million of the K-12 increase in both the House and Senate budgets.

Teacher Assistants

The House would keep teacher assistant staffing at this year’s levels. The Senate budget would reduce money for teacher assistants by $57.5 million next year and $166 million the year after. In addition, $113 million would be eliminated from state lottery profits for the assistants. This would do away with approximately 8,500 teacher assistant positions over the next two years. Instead of funding teacher assistants, Senate Republicans want to spend $273 million more through mid-2017 ($80 million in 2015-16 and $193 million the following year) to reduce class size in grades K-3. The Senate plan would reduce kindergarten class size to a 1:17 ratio and grades 1-3 to a 1:15 ratio, resulting in a need to hire more than 4,000 additional teachers.

Teacher Salary

Both the House and Senate budgets provide salary increases for teachers, but their specifics differ.

The House budget provides a 2 percent across-the-board pay increase for teachers, state employees and retirees. The budget would also raise the salary of starting teachers to $35,000 per year and would pay for teachers to move from one salary step to the next.

Senate leaders say they provide an average 4 percent raise for all teachers, although the specific amount depends on how long a teacher has served and where they are in the series of salary steps. Like the House, the Senate budget raises starting teacher salaries to $35,000 per year, but it does not fund an across-the-board pay raise for teachers or state employees or a cost-of-living increase for retirees. Under the Senate’s plan, most of that extra money would go toward teachers with less than 15 years of experience. Those with 25+ years of experience would not see any increases to their current base salary from the state.

Under both House and Senate proposals, teachers going into their fifth year of teaching would receive the biggest boost. With the Senate plan, they’d go from $35,000 to $38,250; under the House, they’d receive $37,230.

Driver’s Education

In contrast to the House budget, the Senate would not provide funding for driver’s education. Instead, it would allow local boards of education to charge students the full cost of the program. Currently, local boards of education can only require students to pay up to $65 for the classes. With the cap lifted, that cost could go up to $300 or more depending on the county. In 2016-17, the Senate budget would move driver’s education from NC DPI to the community college system.

Textbooks & Digital Learning

The Senate would spend less than the House on textbooks, increasing the allocation by $29 million annually compared to $43 million increases each year in the House plan. The House also provides an additional $4.8 million in non-reoccurring funds for textbooks for 2015-16.


Both the House and Senate budgets expand the Opportunity Scholarship program by $6.8 million each year, bringing the total cost of the program to $17.6 million each year of the biennium. However, unlike the House, the Senate allotted the funds to be recurring going forward. The NC Supreme Court has yet to rule on the constitutionality of the program. Senate and House leaders have petitioned the court to allow the program to disperse funds while the ruling is pending.

Master’s Pay Supplement

The Senate budget provides no funding going forward to pay teachers a salary supplement for obtaining new master’s degrees. The House proposal would continue to provide a pay bump to those who obtain new master’s degrees in the disciplines in which they teach.

Additional Items of Note in the Senate Budget

  • Directs schools and districts to develop school improvement plans for schools receiving a D or F under the school grading system, with the exception of D or F schools that exceed academic growth. No additional funding is attached to this directive.
  • Reduces the Department of Public Instructions funding by $4.8 million, a ten percent cut
  • Moves educator licensure from a section at NC DPI to a newly created Office of Educator Licensure which would report directly to the State Board of Education
  • Proposes eliminating retirement health care benefit coverage for new teachers and any other state employee hired after January 1, 2016
  • Gives the State Board of Education ability to consolidate contiguous Local Education Agencies
  •  Senate budget does not appropriate funding for a new teacher recruitment and scholarship program, a school leadership development initiative, differential roles and pay for teachers pilot or the state’s new digital learning efforts, all of which were included in the House budget

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