More North Carolina students will have access to computer science classes, special needs programs and career training opportunities after the 2018-19 amended state budget became law today. The budget will take effect on July 1.
Education highlights in the new state budget include:
- A $3 million increase to the Children with Disabilities Scholarship program. This will allow nearly 400 additional families to join this successful program that provides private school tuition and other services that help ensure children with special needs receive a quality education.
- Additional flexibility for families enrolled in the new $3 million Personal Education Savings Accounts (ESA) program for students with special needs, which launches this fall.
- A $500,000 increase to create more opportunities for computer science education in the state. As the state and national economies continue to rapidly evolve, this training is critical to ensure North Carolina’s students are prepared for successful and rewarding careers.
- A $650,000 increase for the AP Partnership program, which creates more opportunities for students to complete rigorous Advanced Placement courses that prepare them for success in college and the workforce.
- Codification of nearly $23 million in bonuses for top-performing fourth- and fifth-grade reading teachers and fourth- through eighth-grade math teachers.
- Improvements to the state’s “Read to Achieve” early literacy framework which focuses on ensuring all students are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.
“North Carolina has been a national leader in pursuing innovative, student-centered initiatives that help families and students achieve success in school and in life. By investing in programs that expand educational opportunities and develop critical career skills, North Carolina’s students will be better prepared for the 21st-century workforce.
“We appreciate the support of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, House Speaker Tim Moore, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson and many other policymakers. We also thank our partners, including Business for Educational Success and Transformation (BEST NC), Code.org, the College Board, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), Project Lead the Way and TechNet.”
Patricia Levesque, CEO, ExcelinEd