AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC MEDIA FOR THE AT-HOME LEARNING INITIATIVE TO EXPAND STUDENT LEARNING EXPERIENCES IN RESPONSE TO THE IMPACTS OF COVID-19.
Directs the State Controller to transfer $1,932,758 from the Corornavirus Relief Reserve to the Coronavirus Relief Fund (both established in SL 2020-4) for the 2019-20 fiscal year; appropriates the nonrecurring funds to the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) for the 2019-20 fiscal year to be allocated to UNC Center for Public Media (UNC-TV) for the second and third phases of the At-Home Learning Initiative (AHL), a three phase response to the impact of COVID-19 on student learning in collaboration with the Department of Public Instruction. Allocates $907,758 for the second phase of AHL to customize the content for all students and to meet State educational requirements through remediation blocks and qualifying instruction, with localized programming. Allocates $1,025,000 for phase three of AHL to fortify all statewide services and broaden the focus to include workforce development, as specified, expand distance learning initiatives (including augmented reality field trips), and investigating specialized content for students with specific learning challenges.
Requires UNC-TV to report on the progress of the use of funds to the specified NCGA committee by September 15, 2020.
Restricts the use of funds to necessary eligible expenditures incurred during the period beginning March 1, 2020, and ending December 1, 2020. Provides for the funds to remain available until December 30, 2020.
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