USA/ 11 May, 2021/ Source/ https://www.charlotteobserver.com/
North Carolina parents could see another round of money from their government this year.
A preliminary House bill draft obtained by The News & Observer shows a plan to give North Carolina parents $1,000 to $3,000 to spend on future costs to help their school-age kids avoid learning loss as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The bill draft labeled “Student Success Program” states that the General Assembly would direct the Department of Public Instruction “to contract with the State Education Assistance Authority to establish and administer a program that allows parents of eligible children to use federal funds intended to mitigate the negative impacts COVID-19 towards allowable educational uses of their choice to address student learning loss, provide summer learning or enrichment, and provide comprehensive after-school programs.”
Here’s what the draft — which could change before it becomes a formal bill — says about possible grants to parents this year:
How much: Grants would be $1,000 per eligible child with a maximum grant of $3,000 per household.
When: The money would be available no later than Aug. 16. The time frame to spend the money would be by Sept. 1, 2022.
Who gets it: An “eligible child” means a child of elementary, middle or high school age who lives in North Carolina and is eligible to attend a North Carolina public school.
What for: The bill draft proposes that money could be directly spent on participation in summer enrichment programs, tutoring, textbooks, therapies for students with disabilities and fees for assessments and exams.
Funding: The program would use $170 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds. That’s the bill Congress passed in March that also included $1,400 stimulus checks.