North Carolina Digital Learning Initiative

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction


Legislative Actions By Year


The transition to digital learning requires updating legislation and policies to foster educational innovations, restructuring budgets for sustainable initiatives, and ensuring that all students have access to digital-age learning opportunities. North Carolina has already made important progress — outlined below are key legislative actions since 2013 that advance digital-age learning.

2013

S.L. 2013-12 (H44/S121) (pdf/html)
This act states the intent of the General Assembly to transition from funding textbooks to funding digital learning in the public schools.
G.S. 115C-284 (c3) re-written as a result of S.L. 2013-11 (html/rtf)
This re-written statute directs the State Board of Education to develop and implement digital teaching and learning standards for teachers and school administrators.
G.S. 115C-296 (b) re-written as a result of S.L. 2013-11 & S.L. 2013-226 (html/rtf)
This re-written statute directs the State Board of Education to develop and implement digital teaching and learning standards for teachers and school administrators.

2016

S.L. 2016-94 §8.23 (H1030) (pdf/html)
This 2016 Appropriations Act included funding to support continued implementation of the Digital Learning Plan in North Carolina public schools by the State Board of Education in collaboration with the Friday Institute.

2017

S.L. 2017-57 §7.23A & §7.23K (S257) (pdf/html)
This 2017 Appropriations Act included funding to expand the School Connectivity Initiative client network engineering to include cybersecurity and risk management services. As a part of continuing the implementation of the Digital Learning Plan, funding also supports teacher professional development on the use of technology and digital resources as well as kindergarten through eighth grade student digital literacy instruction in the most economically distressed schools.