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  • Summary date: Apr 15 2019 - View Summary

    Enacts new GS 115C-105.59 requiring the Superintendent of Public Instruction (Superintendent) to establish the Students in Crisis Grant Program to improve safety in public school units by providing grants for services for students in crisis. Requires the grant application to include an assessment of the need for improving school safety within the public school unit that would receive the funding and requires the application to identify current and ongoing needs and associated costs. Requires criteria and guidelines for administering and using the grants to be developed by August 1, 2019. Requires the Superintendent to consider the following when assessing applications: (1) the level of resources available to the public school unit that would receive the funding or services, (2) whether the public school unit has received other grants of funding for school safety, and (3) the overall impact on student safety in the public school unit if the identified needs are funded.

    Requires the Superintendent, in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services, to award grants to community partners to provide or pay for any of the following services: (1) crisis respite services for parents or guardians of an individual student to prevent more intensive or costly levels of care; (2) training and expanded services for therapeutic foster care families and licensed child placement agencies that provide services to students who need support to manage their health, welfare, and safety and have cognitive or behavioral problems, developmental delays, or aggressive behavior; (3) evidence-based therapy services aligned with targeted training for students and their parents or guardians; or (4) any other crisis service, including peer-to-peer mentoring, that is likely to increase school safety. Prohibits using more than 10% of the funds allocated to the Superintendent for grants for these services.

    Allows awarding up to $1 million each year to community partners working with at-risk youth to provide tutoring in reading, writing, and math, and to improve post-secondary preparedness. Allows up to $100,000 to be used each year for administrative costs. 

    Requires the superintendent to report annually, beginning April 1, 2020, to the specified NCGA committees, commissions, and division, on the grants.

    Appropriates $2.5 million in recurring funds for 2019-20 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction to implement the grants.

    Effective July 1, 2019.