Statewide School Construction Bond
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: NC schools face over $8.1 billion of school capital needs. School building conditions affect student performance.
RECOMMENDATION: Allow referendum for bond of at least $1.9 billion
COST: If passed by voters, state debt service payments of between $2.7 million to $8.7 million could begin in FY 20-21
Test for and Remove Lead in All Schools
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Unlike about half of states, NC lacks any laws or policies requiring testing of lead in public schools. Low levels of lead exposure can seriously impair child development, and many schools have tested positive in past year.
RECOMMENDATION: Test for lead and remediate identified problems at every public school and child care facility
COST: $4-$5 million