House Bill 902 (Education and Workforce Innovation Act)
House Bill 902 is a bipartisan bill to link K-12 schools with businesses and institutions of higher learning, getting buy-in from the entire community. The bill would provide funding to schools that meet specific standards for new ways to help students graduate prepared to enter college or directly into the workforce.
To accomplish this, the bill would create the NC Education and Workforce Innovation Commission, which would be the entity responsible for awarding grants to qualifying schools. To apply for a grant, schools would have to form a partnership, for the purposes of the grant, with either a public or private university or a community college, regional businesses and business leaders, and demonstrate sustainability of the innovation after grant funding ends.
Schools would also have to meet all of 10 criteria. Among them: leveraging technology efficiently and effectively for the benefit of online course offerings for students and requiring schools to prepare students to enter high-growth jobs in their region of the state.
Funding would be provided from three sources. The state would provide half the grant money, local businesses would provide 25 percent, and 25 percent would come from businesses across the state.