House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition:
Adds North Carolina New Schools to a list of organizations and institutions that the North Carolina Digital Learning Initiative (NCDLI) should leverage in order to further the effective use of digital learning in K-12 schools.
Clarifies that one of the NCDLI's responsibilities is to direct the Department of Public Instruction in management and disbursement of funds.
Makes a technical change to the reporting requirement for NCDLI.
Bill H 660 (2015-2016)Summary date: Apr 23 2015 - View summary
Bill H 660 (2015-2016)Summary date: Apr 13 2015 - View summary
Furthers the transition in all of North Carolina's K-12 public schools to personalized digital learning as the title indicates. Includes a sequence of "whereas" clauses that set out the policy rationale and educational goals and purposes of the transition to personalized digital learning in the state's K-12 schools.
Declares that it is the intent of this act to create programs to advance and accelerate the transition to and implementation of digital learning statewide. Acknowledges that the transition to the use of digital tools in the education system will impact all aspects of education, including (1) course content, (2) teaching methods, (3) where and when learning takes place, (4) the resources required, and (5) defining and measuring success.
Directs the State Board of Education (SBE) to take the following steps to accomplish the transition to digital learning in the state's K-12 schools: (1) expand the School Connectivity Initiative, (2) establish a collaborative procurement service, (3) expand access to Digital Learning resources, (4) support and provide professional development for education leaders, and (5) establish a grant program to support the development and dissemination of model digital learning innovations.
Section 7 of this act directs the SBE to contract with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, as part of North Carolina State University, to establish the North Carolina Digital Learning Initiative (NCDLI). Requires the NCDLI to report to the SBE, Special Committee on Digital Learning, by January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter on the activities set forth in Section 7.
Declares that the provisions of this act are subject to the availability of funds for these purposes.