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Year in Review: 2013 policy updates affect Charlotte preschoolers

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New policies affecting Charlotte preschool participants were introduced or passed in 2013. These new policies came shortly after the December 2012 Connecticut school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary and included gun legislation, 3 year background checks for preschool staff, Kilah’s Law, and Strong Start for America’s children, in line with President Barack Obama’s (D) State of the Union Address in February 2013 and supported by NAEYC.

Gun Legislation
Gun legislation in North Carolina was revised in August 2013 and can be reviewed here. To be brief, page 23 of the legislation states that concealed weapons are illegal in North Carolina, also in cars. They must be visible when being transported. Most importantly, guns are prohibited from being on educational property in North Carolina. It is also a felony to encourage anyone under the age of 18 to carry a weapon on educational property. There are exceptions to the rule and they can be viewed at the link above.

Government Shutdown
The background checks and childcare subsidy payments were halted in October during the government shutdown .

Kilah’s Law
Governor McCrory signed into law on April 24, 2013, Kilah’s Law, mandating stronger sentences for child abusers. Information on making this law nationwide can be found here .

Budget
In July, NC Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed an education budget into law, which upset many educators, due to the possibility that many teacher assistant positions could be cut. Find NC education laws here.

Another move that NC Governor Pat McCrory made was tax changes, which would add a tax to entertainment events, such as movies that preschool participants attend.

These policy changes stemmed from Governor McCrory’s State of the State Address in February, 2013.

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