AN ACT TO ADDRESS K-12 PANDEMIC LEARNING LOSS THROUGH HIGH-IMPACT TUTORING.
Directs the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to establish a High-Impact Tutoring Grant Program (program) for the 2022-23 school year to provide grants to public school units to be used to hire or contract for tutors to address learning loss resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Requires DPI to develop an application process for units to apply to the program, and details required application criteria, including a high-impact tutoring plan (plan). Sets 11 goals of a plan and requires each applicant to explain how the unit would accomplish, or the reasoning the unit could not accomplish, each goal, such as tutoring in small groups of four or fewer students and ensuring students have the same tutor throughout the school year. Directs DPI to prioritize applicants that demonstrate financial need to address learning loss and unfinished learning resulting from the pandemic; enrollment of a high percentage of low-income or underserved students; or having one or more schools located in a rural area that could not otherwise afford a tutoring program. Provides for DPI to determine the amount and duration of grants subject to fund availability. Lists four authorized uses of grant funds, including hiring or contracting tutors, stipends or other incentives to described professionals to provide tutoring services, costs for physical space for tutoring, and administrative expenses, in addition to other purposes approved by DPI that increase the effectiveness of the program. Allows participating schools to use up to 36 hours of tutoring time towards the instructional hours required for the school calendar pursuant to State law. Requires DPI to create, and participant schools to distribute to tutors, uniform materials regarding potential pathways for tutors into the teaching profession. Requires hired tutors to comply with State and federal laws relating to health, safety, and antidiscrimination. Directs DPI to annually report to the specified NCGA committee, every year funds are made available, ten listed data points of the program.
Appropriates $8.8 million from the General Fund to DPI for 2022-23 for the program.
Effective July 1, 2022.