Elementary students take over senator’s office to push for more funding

State Sen. Chad Barefoot, a Wake County Republican, had his office flooded with Durham elementary school kids on Wednesday, according to an article from the Raleigh News & Observer. Malcolm Goff, an art teacher at E.K. Powe Elementary School in Durham, spoke with legislative staffers about his desire to have the state increase per-pupil spending. He also held a classroom-style lesson inside Barefoot’s office with third graders. In a video, Goff asked a Barefoot staffer if the senator would be available to meet with him. The staffer replied Barefoot is in a meeting and unable to immediately talk.

House Bill 13 was signed into law last week to reduced kindergarten through third-grade class sizes from 24 students to between 19 and 21 students. After school districts complained that meeting the new class-size limits took away their flexibility to fund elementary school arts and physical education classes, the Senate modified the bill to delay the class-size changes to the 2018-19 school year. Senate leaders have pledged to consider funding arts but did not include a funding guarantee in the bill.

Bill introduced to allow concealed carry guns on college campuses

North Carolina lawmakers filed House Bill 251 on Thursday, which would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry their handguns on UNC-system universities and state community college, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

The bill’s proponents say it will make campuses safer, but gun control proponents have concerns about guns in colleges. Becky Ceartas, executive director of the Durham-based North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, told the News & Observer he felt the legislation was “very dangerous.”

Earlier this session, 10 Republican legislators introduced House Bill 69. WNCN reports people the bill would enable people to put their pistols in pockets or purses without a permit.