Monday, Feb. 11, 200810 a.m.
The North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force meets, 1228/1327 LB.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008
10 a.m. The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee meets, 643 LOB.
The agenda for this meeting will begin with a presentation on The Collaborative Project: A 21st Century Initiative of the North Carolina General Assembly. This will be followed by a presentation on Collaborative Leadership for Global Competitiveness. Included in this presentation is a presentation by Learn and Earn Online and the iSchool at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. The afternoon session will continue discussing school connectivity and the day will end with a discussion regarding business education technology.
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 20089 a.m.
The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee meets, 643 LOB.
This will agenda for this meeting includes Professional Development Funding, Centralization of Professional Development, Teacher Academy and Development offering of the community college system.
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008
10 a.m. The Joint Legislative Study Committee on Public School Funding Formulas meets, 643 LOB.
The agenda for this meeting includes presentations by National Education Experts including Kati Haycock, President-Education Trust, Greg Greicius, Senior Vice President-Educational Initiatives Turnaround for Children, and Michael Griffith-School Finance Analyst-Education Commission of the States.
During the last meeting of this committee, many members expressed concerns regarding the numerous formulas used to allocate funding to our school system.
Key House leadership introduced legislation on February 7 to provide a temporary increase in the Medicaid federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP), or federal matching rate, to states. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), Chairman of the Committee on House Energy and Commerce, and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, joined by Republicans Peter King (R-NY) and Thomas Reynolds (R-NY), introduced the bill to assist states facing potential declines in tax revenue as a result of the economic slump. This bipartisan legislation would provide:
· a temporary increase of the Medicaid FMAP of 2.95 percent for five quarters - April 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009;
· a similar temporary increase of the Medicaid FMAP of 5.9 percent for the territories;
· protection for States against a decline in their Medicaid FMAP during the same five quarters of the 2008 and 2009 fiscal years;
· a requirement for States to maintain their Medicaid eligibility at current levels in order to receive the 2.95 percent temporary increase in the Medicaid FMAP; and
· a requirement for States to adjust payments by localities and counties to account for additional federal funding.
FY 2009 Budget
On Thursday, the Senate Budget Committee, chaired by Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), will hold a hearing on the Administration’s FY 2009 budget.
President Bush has already threatened a veto for any appropriations bill that goes over his target funding.