Senate Bill 14, Acad. Standards/Rules Review/Coal Ash/Funds., was filed at the North Carolina General Assembly and referred to the committee on appropriations/base budget the same day.
The bill handles funding for three separate items, one of them being the Common Core Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC).
It has been a battle for the commission to get the funding they need to operate properly and are now approaching their 7th meeting on the 16th of this month.
The final version of SB 812, which was signed into law, does not specifically list where the funding for the ASRC was to come from. One could argue that it is implied in that final version that the funding would be footed by the Department of Administration, as it was given the task to provide meeting rooms, telephones, office space, equipment, and supplies.
SB 14 assigns the transfer of $275k in funding for the ASRC from the Department of Public Instruction to the Department of Administration. In an earlier version of SB 812, funding was suggested at $250k. [Read: The Money For The Academic Standards Review Commission]
Relevant text of SB 14 (Edition 1):
SECTION 2. Of the funds appropriated to the Department of Public Instruction for the 2014‑2015 fiscal year for current operations of the Department, the Department shall transfer the sum of two hundred seventy‑five thousand dollars ($275,000) to the Department of Administration to support the operations of the Academic Standards Review Commission established in S.L. 2014‑78. From these funds, an amount equal to the total of all costs incurred by the Department of Administration prior to the enactment of this act to support the operations of the Commission shall be credited to the Department. Expenditure of the remainder of these funds shall be made upon authorization by the Commission, only for the following:
(1) Administrative assistance, including professional and clerical staff and any contracts for professional, clerical, and consultant services. Consultant services may include contracts with qualified experts on academic standards that may be used as an alternative to the Common Core Standards, including other state academic standards.
(2) Technical assistance, including meeting rooms, telephones, office space, equipment, and supplies provided by the Department of Administration in accordance with Section 2(f) of S.L. 2014‑78.
(3) Per diem, subsistence, and travel allowances provided to Commission members in accordance with G.S. 138‑5, 138‑6, or 120‑3.1, as appropriate.
SECTION 3. The funds transferred to the Department of Administration in Section 2 of this act shall not revert at the end of the 2014‑2015 fiscal year but shall remain available for expenditure in accordance with that section until the Commission terminates on December 31, 2015, or upon the filing of its final report, whichever occurs first. Any unexpended, unencumbered balance of these funds shall revert to the General Fund on June 30, 2016.