School districts will now be able to use lottery funds to buy technology devices and wire schools thanks to a bill that cleared the House Education Committee Tuesday.
Under current law, school systems receive a portion of proceeds from the lottery that are set aside for just school construction. The bill would allow schools to shift that funding to "digital learning needs such as school connectivity, digital textbooks and instructional resources, or digital devices."
Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union, called the measure "a flexibility bill" designed to give local school systems more control over their budget.
"It's not new money," Horn said. "It's just allowing LEAs to use the money in a more flexible manner."
Republican Gov. Pat McCrory mentioned the idea behind the bill in his State of the State speech, and giving local school systems more flexibility has been a key education talking point of his administration.