Goals 2000, the national Educate America Act, was passed in 1994. States can receive funds for schools for their participation; however, the Gun Free Schools Act section conflicts with two North Carolina statute provisions.
For public construction projects the General Assembly requires cities, towns, and the state to use multi-prime contracting (separate bids for heating, plumbing, etc.) or single-prime (one bid for all construction work).
School children who are sexually abused by school employees may sue in both state and federal courts not only the employee who abused them but also school officials responsible for employee supervision, including principals and superintendents.
From 1981 to 1993, over $3 billion was spent on public school construction and other capital needs. With costs projected for the next decade at $5.6 billion, school systems and counties are being scrutinized over their past spending toward stated needs.
Statewide public school enrollment will rise over the next ten years, but the enrollment growth rate will decline. Forty-five percent of school systems will have ten percent or more growth with the rest experiencing modest growth or decline.
A number of school bills were passed by the 1995 General Assembly. The laws reorganized the Department of Public Instruction, gave more local control to school districts, authorized criminal records checks, and promoted health education.
The N.C. Workers' Compensation Act, the American's with Disabilities Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act have distinct purposes. Employers must give careful attention to each when dealing with an employee affected by them.
In 1993, the General Assembly passed a law replacing tenure for school administrators with contracts, but because of many ambiguities, a 1995 law, General Statute 115C-287.1, was passed to clarify the legislation.
Public school enrollment throughout the state will continue rising over the next decade, 1994-95 to 2004-05. A table of projected changes in the average daily membership of the state's 119 school units is included.
In a defamation suit, it is important to decide whether school personnel, including superintendents and principals, should be considered public officials and therefore held to a higher standard of proof then the average citizen.
Students who are nineteen or who have more than eight semesters in high school are usually denied athletic eligibility. However, some students with disabilities are exceptions to this rule, and their cases require special handling.
Public school enrollment in the state has increased 11 percent since 1990 and is projected to increase by 14.4 percent from 1995-96 to 2000-06. A table of projected changes in average daily membership of the state's 117 school units is included.