Mitch Kokai, senior political analyst at the John Locke Foundation, told WCNC Charlotte the study will look at educator preparation programs already established within North Carolina and in other states. The Department of Instruction would use comparisons to build off.
"Results of this study, that come from this bill could have a major impact down the road," Kokai shared.
The study could lead to eventual recommendations on how to increase numbers and establish new statewide programs.
Kokai explained that despite the ongoing discussion about school vouchers, this shows that lawmakers understand the importance of well-functioning public schools.
House Bill 833 appropriates $150,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Instruction for a year. This was not in Gov. Roy Cooper's initial proposed budget, but WCNC Charlotte will watch to see if it could end up in the final budget.
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