HB 159 – Education Law Changes

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. John Torbett (R-Gaston); Rep. Hugh Blackwell (R-Burke)


This bill seeks to make numerous changes to education laws as recommended by the Department of Public Instruction including the following:

  • Provide a one-time bonus to every teacher employed as a teacher in a school for students with visual and hearing impairments.
  • Allows teachers to elect to be paid in 12 monthly installments even if not employed in a year-round school.
  • Gives the State Board of Education an additional year to report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee regarding unpaid meal charges.
  • Prohibits public school units which provide school nutrition services to assess indirect costs to a school nutrition program unless the program has an operating balance of at least 3 months.
  • Require public school units to report information related to the total number of school resource officers to the Center for Safer Schools.


Filed 2/24/2021