Wells and state education superintendent Mark Johnson announced the plan during a Wednesday press briefing.
Supporters of the bill said the money would come from $40 million in funding that in past years has not been spent properly by local school districts.
Details of the bill include:
- Of the funds appropriated by the General Assembly for public school instructional supplies and allotted to school districts, $400 per eligible classroom teacher will be transferred to a fund for this program each year
- The program will allow teachers to purchase classroom supplies through an electronic account (ClassWallet) or be reimbursed for purchases made locally
- Unused funds in teacher accounts will expire at the end of the fiscal year and revert to the general fund
- The new program will start Aug. 31, 2019
A companion bill is under consideration by the NC House.
ABC11 has reached out to Wake County school authorities for their reaction to the proposed legislation.