Bill Summary for S 866 (2021)

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May 27 2022

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Senate Bill 866 (Public) Filed Thursday, May 26, 2022
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS AND SOCIAL WORKERS IN PUBLIC SCHOOL UNITS.
Intro. by Chaudhuri, Mohammed.

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Amends GS 115C-316.5, which authorizes the State Board of Education (State Board) to adopt rules for the allocation of school psychologist positions, to set the allocation of positions on the basis of average daily membership (ADM) at a rate of one psychologist per 700 students. Establishes a schedule for appropriations from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to be allocated to the school psychologist allotment, with amounts necessary to employ the specified percentage of the ratio of school psychologists to students, beginning with 2023-24 at 30%, and increasing to 100% in 2028-29. Directs the State Budget to include the appropriated amount for each fiscal year identified in the schedule. Provides that allotted funds are supplemental.

Appropriates $18,835,270 in recurring funds from the General Fund to DPI for 2022-23 to be allocated to the school psychologist allotment pursuant to GS 115C-316.5, as amended.

Enacts GS 115C-316.7, directing the State Board to establish a funding allotment for school social worker roles. Authorizes the State Board to adopt rules for the allocation of the positions, with the basis of ADM at a rate of one school social worker per 400 students. Establishes a schedule for appropriations from the General Fund to DPI to be allocated to the school social worker allotment, with amounts necessary to employ the specified percentage of the ratio of school social workers to students, beginning with 2023-24 at 30%, and increasing to 100% in 2028-29. Directs the State Budget to include the appropriated amount for each fiscal year identified in the schedule. Provides that allotted funds are supplemental.

Appropriates $24,216,890 in recurring funds from the General Fund to DPI for 2022-23 to be allocated to the school social worker allotment pursuant to GS 115C-316.7, as enacted.