Amid all of the hullabaloo on the state budget Tuesday, a pair of bills of interest to Wake County were passed by the state Senate.
On Tuesday, the Senate passed by 32-15 the high school accreditation bill. It mirrored the earlier House vote that went along largely partisan lines in which Republicans supported the bill and Democrats voted on.
Also on Tuesday, the Senate approved by a voice vote the bill allowing the chair of the Wake school board to vote on all issues. It's in contrast to the largely partisan House vote which saw Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition.
The accreditation bill goes to Gov. Bev Perdue's desk. The school board chair bill now goes into law,
The Wake legislators who sponsored the accreditation bill defended the legislation in a letter to the editor that was published Tuesday.
State Reps. Paul Stam, Nelson Dollar and Marilyn Avila called AdvancED "just a big bully."
They also make the case in the letter that it won't cost school districts extra money to get state accreditation because the money could come from what was spent paying AdvancED.
The question for Wake would be whether it would drop AdvancED. Parents of students going to school out of state might not be satisfied with only getting accreditation from the state Board of Education.
Another question is whether Perdue would veto the accreditation bill. The state House had enough votes on second reading to override her but fell short on the third reading.
The local legislation granting the Wake school board chair the ability to vote on any issue doesn't require Gov. Perdue's approval. It automatically goes into law.