Every classroom deserves equal access to resources that support teaching, learning and growth. All Mentoring Minds resources qualify for Title I, III, and V Part D funding, and additional funding options are available for many products.
Given the impact COVID-19 has made on the funds available to schools, we’ve compiled a quick list of funding and other relevant updates for K–12 districts located in North Carolina.
North Carolina Funding Sources
- Your state received $17,632,125 of $180M funding provided in Rethink K–12 Education Models Grant.
- In North Carolina, the grant will fund a three-year initiative called “Light the Way,” which will combine remote and in-person learning, according to a statement. It will be aimed at improving student achievement and better preparing teachers for remote instruction.
- Gov. Roy Cooper directed $95.6 million in new funding to help support K–12 and postsecondary students most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic during the upcoming school year. The funding is North Carolina’s share of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, a part of the federal CARES Act. The GEER funds are intended to provide emergency support to school districts, postsecondary institutions, or other education-related entities for addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- For more information about NC DPI’s funding and grant opportunities, please click here.
North Carolina Relief Updates
- According to data from North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction, leaders of districts and charter schools that teach two-thirds of the 1.5 million public school students chose to implement full-remote learning for now.
- North Carolina public school students could still be required to come to school to take standardized tests. The state Department of Public Instruction is recommending testing students whenever they return to campus or letting school districts bring students into schools for the exams.
- North Carolina’s public school leaders predict that they may be facing student enrollment declines of up to 20% for the 2020–21 school year due to COVID-19. Fewer students translates into potentially significant reductions to school budgets that are already substantially underfunded, and could result in teacher and staff layoffs this school year.
Whether your campus is remote, hybrid or in-person this school year, we have resources available to support you.
- CARES Act Funding Guidance
- ThinkUp! Lesson Plan Guides (asynchronous, distance and hybrid instruction)
- New and Improved Support Portal
We hope that these updates help to inform decision making amidst the chaos of the pandemic. If you have any questions about leveraging the resources available to you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.