Bill Summary for H 923 (2021-2022)

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May 10 2021

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House Bill 923 (Public) Filed Monday, May 10, 2021
Intro. by Ball, Hardister, Gillespie, Reives.

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Includes whereas clauses. Directs the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to establish the Kindergarten Social and Emotional Learning Pilot Program (Program) for 2021-23. States the purpose of the program is to support and promote the expansion of the existing social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum from the NC Preschool Pyramid Model (Model) used in preschool classrooms into kindergarten classrooms. Sets forth defined terms. Directs DPI to develop an application progress for the Program by August 1, 2021. Limits participation to local school administrative units identified as low performing for the 2018-19, 2019-20, or 2020-21 school year, with applications due by October 1, 2021. Requires DPI to select units that are geographically and culturally diverse to participate in the program by December 1, 2021, with priority to units that receive low-wealth supplemental funding. Requires allocation of at least $5,000 to each unit for necessary classroom materials for the Program. Requires implementation by units in six kindergarten classrooms. Requires DPI to provide necessary training to six kindergarten teachers, two administrators, and two coaches (who must be employees of the unit) from each unit, and requires each unit to establish a District Implementation Leadership Team (DILT), pursuant to the Model, to lead the Program's implementation. Details Program implementation, including the following deadlines: adaptation of the SLE Preschool Pyramid Model by December 31, 2021; required training between January 1, 2022, and June 1, 2022; DPI reporting to the specified NCGA committee on the Program's progress by July 15, 2022; implementation of the SLE Preschool Pyramid Model in six kindergarten classrooms of each unit for the 2022-23 school year; and a final report by DPI to the specified NCGA committee by July 15, 2023. 

Appropriates $292,758 for 2021-22 and $248,657 for 2022-23 from the General Fund to DPI to implement the Program.

Effective July 1, 2021.