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Small Business Endorses Jonathan Jordan in District 93 Race

RALEIGH, September 27, 2018-The NFIB North Carolina PAC has endorsed Jonathan Jordan in the 93rd District House race. The political action committee is comprised exclusively of NFIB members.

“Jonathan Jordan is the clear choice for small business,” NFIB State Director Gregg Thompson said.

“Small business is the engine that drives North Carolina’s economy,” Thompson said. “Jonathan Jordan understands the challenges facing small businesses and will do everything possible to help them grow and create jobs.”

The NFIB North Carolina PAC’s endorsement is critical to the Jordan campaign. Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. The PAC’s support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on small business issues.

NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business association. To learn more about NFIB in North Carolina, visit NFIB.com/NC and follow @NFIB_NC on Twitter.

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N.C. has nearly doubled early voting hours under GOP

N.C. has nearly doubled early voting hours under GOP

New data from the State Board of Elections (and conveniently distributed by Gerry Cohen) shows that overall early voting hours have nearly doubled since 2010, the last election before Republicans took their majority.

Even compared with 2016 and 2012 — presidential election years that usually have more early voting hours — the 2018 plan goes far above and beyond.

Opponents claimed that the new law would force mass numbers of site closures and dramatically limited weekend voting hours. That clearly didn’t happen.

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Education – Beyond the Funding

Education – Beyond the Funding

July 26, 2018

The educational assessment used in this country to be able to compare states to each other is called the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) – commonly referred to as the nation’s report card. It covers reading and math for eighth-grade and fourth-grade students across the nation. The test is widely regarded as a credible gauge of student performance in specific grades. The latest available data comes from the 2017 version of NAEP.

Changes from last test: North Carolina’s results show very little, if any progress, from the last test. Eighth-grade reading and math scores were up 1 and 2 points respectively – essentially no change from the 2015 scores. More concerning were fourth-grade test results, which declined by 2 points in reading and 3 points in math.

NC Scores vs. National Scores: The fourth-grade reading scores, while down year over year, remained three points higher than the national average (221) while 16 states had better fourth-grade reading scores than North Carolina. Regarding fourth-grade math, North Carolina students scored 241, down three points from the previous year, but not statistically different from the national average score of 239. Again, 15 states had higher fourth-grade math scores than North Carolina.

Results: The decline in fourth-grade reading scores is alarming. Only 39 percent of fourth-graders and 33 percent of eighth-graders were rated “proficient” on NAEP reading exams. Students performing at or above the “proficient” level on NAEP assessments demonstrate solid academic performance and competency over challenging subject matter. It should be noted that the NAEP “proficient” achievement level does not represent grade level proficiency as determined by other assessment standards such as state or district assessments. North Carolina’s latest scores are slightly above the national average. Unfortunately, because scores are directly comparable within a state year-by-year, North Carolina’s lower scores since the 2015 NAEP exam, demonstrate our actual progress level to be down.

For the past 15 years, trend lines for math and reading scores have seen no significant improvements at the state or federal level. They have been essentially flat. Over the past 15 years North Carolina state government has provided the public schools more than $108 billion in funding and included a raft of initiatives to boost student achievement and help those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Despite the influx of dollars, there has been very little variation in NAEP scores. Moreover, achievement gaps remain as intractable as ever.

Let’s move past the simplistic argument about how much money we spend on education – because it’s more complicated than that – and get to the real issue: Are our students performing at higher levels of achievement or not?

Source: See https://www.nccivitas.org/2018/naep-scores-beyond-government-spin/

North Carolina Education Budget Highlights 2017

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina’s 2017-2019 education budget includes a net increase of more than $818 million dollars and a fourth consecutive teacher salary increase by the state General Assembly.

2017-2018 2018-2019 

Education Net Appropriation $13.1 billion $13.5 billion 

Net Increase from FY 2016-17 $418,345,587 $818,345,587 

K-12 Education 

Every current teacher will see an increase in their pay, and starting teacher pay is $35,000. 

Teachers in North Carolina will receive salary increases averaging almost 10% by 2019 after the fourth consecutive teacher pay raise from the Republican-led General Assembly since 2014. 

Assistant principal salaries will increase an average of 13% and principal salaries will increase an average of 9% by 2019. 

 Teachers with 25+ years of experience will receive a bonus of $385 in both 2017-18 and 2018-19. 

North Carolina had the fastest rising teacher pay in the nation since 2014. 

 North Carolina’s state-funded average teacher pay is increasing by 7.2% over the next biennium compared to the national average 2% increase. 

Non-certified and central office personnel will get a pay raise of $1,000 in the budget biennium. 

Funds teacher bonus, recruitment and retention programs: 

 Third Grade Read to Achieve Teacher Bonuses, AP/IB/Cambridge AICE Teacher Bonuses, Career and Technical Education Teacher Bonuses, Math & Reading Performance Bonuses, Teacher Assistant Tuition Reimbursement Program, Initial Teacher Licensing Fee Reimbursement, Teach for America, Salary Supplements for Highly Qualified Graduates and the N.C. Teaching Fellows program. 

The 2017-2019 budget adds $11.2 million of additional funds for textbooks and digital resources, and $2.4 million for the state’s digital learning plan. 

Streamlines spending to classrooms by reducing N.C. Department of Public Instruction costs 6.2% and 13.9% over the next 2 years, and reducing central office administration by 7.4% in first year and 11.6% in the second. 

Gives the Superintendent of Public Instruction $1,000,000 to audit his department and funds 10 new positions within his office. 

Establishes three competitive grant programs: 

 Provides $4.9 million to expand Career Technical Education programs to 6th and 7th grade students in select school systems. 

 Funds $6 million of the At Risk Allotment each year to support extended learning and integrated student support services for at-risk students. 

Provides over $6 million to raise the funding cap for students with disabilities. 

 Creates an Education Savings Account program for students with disabilities to receive up to $9,000 in scholarships. 

 Appropriates additional $30 million to Opportunity Scholarships for low-income students. 

 Provides all Cooperative and Innovative High Schools with supplemental funding. 

 Adds 3,525 additional Pre-K slots. 

 Changes the Achievement School District’s name to the Innovative School District (ISD). 

Adds $3 million to expand the NC Works Career Coaches Program to help high schools partner with local community colleges 

 Creates Joint Legislative Task Force on education funding reform, to complete a report with proposed legislation by Oct. 1, 2018, and forms a task force to study additional school choice accountability. 

 Funds the New Teacher Support Program and the Future Teachers of NC to provide professional development to new teachers and high school educators. 

Increases the net appropriation for NC Promise by $11 million to support additional enrollment at participating universities offering $500/semester tuition in North Carolina. 

University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings called the budget “a good day for the University” that “signals greater investment in 

and strong support for the University and furthers many of the goals of the UNC Strategic Plan – including accessibility, affordability, efficiency, and student success.” 

“And by increasing salaries for our faculty and staff and making a greater investment in our Faculty Retention Fund, we will be able to reward and retain the top talent so critical to our enterprise,” Spellings continued. 

 Transfers North Carolina’s apprenticeship program to the community college system to promote career technical education and job placement. 

 Reserves $46.6 million to meet UNC system enrollment growth this fall. 

 Pays for 800 additional full-time equivalent students in the state community college system this fiscal year: $4.9 million. 

Provides the UNC system with $10 million to support modernized data collection and integration projects that support student success, accessibility, retention and graduation rates. 

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N.C. House Fulfills Job Growth Agenda, Adjourns

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina House of Representatives adjourned the 2017 long legislative session of the state General Assembly on Friday after enacting a historic state budget, providing more middle class tax relief and fulfilling a job growth agenda that has produced record savings, revenue surpluses and rapid economic growth. 

“We’re here to help North Carolina’s economy grow by being good stewards of public dollars, offering students an excellent education system and providing middle class tax relief wherever we can,” said House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland). “The House agenda is focused on the prosperity of our people – North Carolina natives and new arrivals alike – and making the tough choices and key reforms necessary to improve state government and secure a successful future for our citizens.” 

“Thanks to the hard work of the Republican-led General Assembly, North Carolina families can have confidence that they live in one of 

the best states to build a high quality of life – one with sound financial footing, low taxes and record savings that prepare us for emergencies. Republicans’ pro-growth tax relief, education investments and economic reforms allow small businesses to invest with the assurance that North Carolina offers a well-trained workforce and top-tier opportunities for job creation.” 

“I appreciate the hard work of every House member this session, all the legislative staff and each citizen of North Carolina who we are so proud to serve statewide.” 

In 2017 North Carolina House Republicans: 

 Directed disaster relief funds to regions hit by Hurricane Matthew, tropical storms and wildfires. 

 Cut taxes for low-income and middle class families by increasing the zero tax bracket and lowering the income tax rate for every North Carolinian, removing 95,000 working people from any state income tax liability. 

 Passed opioid crisis legislation and appropriated $10 million toward statewide programs for substance abuse treatment and recovery programs. 

 Saved energy ratepayers millions through comprehensive energy solutions legislation that encourages diverse power sources while protecting consumers through competition and free market reforms. 

 Passed a fourth consecutive teacher pay raise that provides an average 9.6 percent increase over two years, and raised principal pay as well. 

 Saved a record $1.8 billion rainy day reserve fund, the highest total dollar amount and percentage of the state budget in North Carolina history. 

 Provided state employee raises and bonuses and funded a cost-of-living adjustment for state retirees. 

 Increased public education spending by $700 million over two years, fully funded classroom enrollment growth, supported new school construction and provided incentives to attract teachers through a new N.C. Teaching Fellows program, Teach for America, Salary Supplements for Highly Qualified Graduates and a Teacher Assistant Tuition Reimbursement Program. 

 Increased funding for the Strategic Transportation Investments Program (STIP) by over $320 million over two years, generating 100 new highway projects over a 10-year period, and appropriating $241 million for structurally deficient bridges, $100 million for immediate construction needs and millions more to reduce congestion, increase road mobility and ensure safety. 

 Guaranteed $500 tuition per semester at three North Carolina universities through the N.C. Promise Program, making higher education more affordable and accessible to thousands of in-state students. 

 Continued reforming bad regulations by simplifying, consolidating and eliminating unnecessary rules and reporting requirements on local governments, agencies, businesses and individuals to cut through red tape and encourage job creation and economic expansion. 

 Added more than 3,500 Pre-K slots and eliminated 75 percent of the waitlist for at-risk children. 

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2017 Legislative Overview

House Bill 608 – Family/Child Protection and Accountability Act. Representative Jordan, Chairman of the House Homelessness, Foster Care and Dependency Committee, along with House Rules Chairman Lewis, Speaker Pro Tempore Stevens, Senior Appropriations Chairman Dollar introduced House Bill 608 the Family/Child Protection and Accountability Act.

The current child welfare system is insufficient and cannot meet its responsibilities because there is no consistent model of care across a fragmented system of 100 county social services agencies, complicating state oversight.

House Bill 39 – Amend Appointments/UNC Bd of Governors. The North Carolina House of Representatives passed House Bill 39, a bill spearheaded by Representative Jordan, to improve the state’s higher education system by streamlining the UNC Board of Governors’ oversight of services for students and faculty.

Jonathan C Jordan 2017 Legislative Bill Update

Notable House Bills and Recent Updates:

North Carolina’s Teacher Salaries Rising Faster than Any State Since 2014. North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore noted that North Carolina’s teacher income is rising faster than any state in the country since 2014, according to available data.

Over the combined period of 2014, 2015 and 2016 budget years, North Carolina gave the largest percentage salary increase to teachers in the United States, according to the data currently available.

House Bill 450 – Future Ready Student Act. The legislation allows high school students to receive academic credit for pursuing career certifications and/or credentials required by either an industry or the state. Currently, high school students can only receive academic credit towards a career technical education certificate or diploma.

House Bill 243 – Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP Act). Key provisions of the STOP Act require prescribers to check the Controlled Substance Reporting System (CSRS), limit the initial quantity of opioid prescriptions for acute pain, and reduce the diversion of drugs by tightening oversight of supervising prescribers.

Senate Bill 131 – Regulatory Reform Act of 2016-17. Among other deregulation, SB 131 would streamline mortgage notice requirements, allow agencies to fulfill public records requests online, eliminate redundant reports from North Carolina’s bureaucracy, exempt basic landscaping materials from stringent stormwater control regulations and seek flexibility for the state from excessive stream mitigation requirements.

North Carolina House Elects Six Members to UNC Board of Governors.

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Jordan Reapplies for NC House District 93 –Ashe/Watauga Counties

A Proud Record of Service to the High Country

JEFFERSON, NC: On Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Republican Jonathan C. Jordan filed his application for a fifth term as the NC House Representative for District 93, which includes all of Ashe and Watauga Counties.

A local attorney, Jordan has been a strong advocate for all the citizens of the district during his time in office. During this past session he served as Chair of House Judiciary III Committee, Chair of the House Committee on Education – Universities, and Chair of the House Committee on Homelessness, Foster Care, and Dependency. He was also named by the Speaker of the House to serve another term as Chair of the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee, which reviews state regulatory rulemaking.

“I am once again reapplying for the job of State Representative for the High Country based on my record, and I am pleased to compare my record to any challenger,” Jordan stated. “For example, I am proud that under our legislative leadership North Carolina has reduced the sales tax, income tax, and corporate tax rates imposed on North Carolina families and businesses, helping propel our state into the top ranks of economic success across the nation.”

“And please don’t believe the perennial negatives thrown at our legislative record regarding education funding: Funding for public education has increased by nearly $2 billion since 2011. Average teacher pay has increased by approximately 13 percent, with starting teachers making more than ever before, and other ranks receiving well-deserved increases and bonuses,” Rep. Jordan stated.

House Speaker Tim Moore strongly supports Rep. Jordan’s re-election bid. “Jonathan Jordan is one of the most dedicated and hardest working members of the House of Representatives. He works tirelessly to improve the lives of the families and small businesses of his district while protecting taxpayers’ hard-earned money,” Speaker Moore stated. “I look forward to his re-election and continuing to work with him to keep our State on the path to prosperity for all.”

During the past Long Session, six bills on which Rep. Jordan was primary sponsor passed into law, with another 12 passing the House and eligible in the Senate this upcoming Short Session. Two of the most important passing into law include H527: Preserve & Restore Campus Free Speech, which will impact Appalachian State University, and H384: Increase Penalties/Organized Retail Theft, which will provide additional protections to all retail job-creators in our community, small and large.

“I have tried to focus on issues that were important to our local area as well as to the state as a whole, and to champion many whose voices arenʼt often heard,” said Rep. Jordan.

Rep. Jordan was recognized as a “2015 Legislative Champion” by the anti-drunk driving group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), one of only 70 lawmakers nationwide, and only five in North Carolina, working across party lines with current House Democrat Leader Darren Jackson and now Attorney General Josh Stein. “While we cannot prevent every death and injury on our roads and highways, those caused by driving while impaired can be prevented. Our citizens can be safer. Requiring interlocks for all offenders will do something that our current efforts cannot – keep impaired drivers from operating vehicles,” said Rep. Jordan. He was also recognized as a “2013 Legislative Champion” by MADD.

Rep. Jordan has also been recognized for many years by the American Conservative Union (ACU) for his support of the ideals articulated in the US Constitution: limited and transparent government, individual rights, personal responsibility, and a healthy culture. Rep. Jordan has maintained this conservative standing since the ACU first began rating state legislators in 2011.

Finally, Rep. Jordan is well known for his support of law enforcement and small business. He has been endorsed for most of his time in office by the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nationʼs largest alliance of small businesses.

Jordan practices law in the High Country serving our citizens with a primary focus on real estate, wills and trusts, and estate administration. He has also served as a Guardian ad Litem Attorney Advocate, representing abused and neglected children in Department of Social Services cases. Jordan previously served on the board of the Ashe County Home Builders Association, the Ashe County Free Medical Clinic, the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce, and the Ashe County Pregnancy Care Center. His office is located in Jefferson and his children attend the Ashe County Public Schools.