As noted in today's article by Michael Biesecker, the bill would prohibit North Carolina-run universities, colleges and community colleges from using school accreditation to make admissions, scholarship and loan decisions unless applicants come from high schools accredited by a state agency. It also would require the state Board of Education to begin accrediting North Carolina public high schools at the request - and expense - of the school districts.
The driving force for the bill were Republican legislators from Wake and Burke counties, where both school districts have found themselves facing sanctions from AdvancED. Democrats pointed out that funding for the state BOE would be slashed in the budget the GOP-controlled legislature approved last week, and asked whether the agency could properly administer any new duties.
The bill now moves to the state Senate.