State Superintendent Mark Johnson Announces “Read to Achieve” Funds for K-3 Teachers
On March 8, 2018, the NC State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mark Johnson, announced that the Department of Public Instruction is making almost $5 million available to school districts and charter schools in North Carolina to be used for additional K-3 literacy support. Every district and charter school with early elementary grades will receive $200 for each K-3 reading teacher to purchase literacy materials.
The funding, part of the Read to Achieve state funding, totals $4.8 million and represents $200 each for the 24,000 K-3 teachers and their 479,000 students across the state.
“Early-grade teachers are working extremely hard to get students reading on track by the end of third grade, and we are very pleased to be able to support them with these resources. Rather than make the decisions for them in Raleigh, we want districts and principals to partner with their K-3 reading teachers to decide what materials they need for their students and classrooms.
“Preparing our youngest students to read successfully in school will prepare them for success in life.”
The funds can be used for literacy instruction and parental engagement, either in the classroom or at home. Funds can be used for literacy materials including:
- Books to send home with students to support and encourage reading over the summer
- Books for classrooms
- Online subscriptions for digital or downloadable books and instructional materials
- Hands-on resources for individual students, small groups, or work-stations — especially materials to support students at risk of being reading retained
- Equipment, instructional tools, and supplies to aid teachers in whole class, small group, or individual instruction
Districts and charter schools will receive the funds this month. When classrooms will receive books and supplies will vary by district.
Ed. Note: Emphasis added. The funding works out to about $10 per student, roughly, if each teacher has approximately 20 students (per numbers provided above).