PUBLIC NOTICES 2013-14 :: MARCH 24, 2014


In accordance with the North Carolina Office of Economic Recovery & Investment policy regarding contracts utilizing Race to the Top funding, the Purchasing & Contracts Section of the NC Department of Public Instruction will be posting a "Notice of Intent" to award a contract to the North Carolina State University Friday Institute. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction intends to award a contract utilizing Race to the Top (RttT) funding, as provided by the United States Department of Education, to the Friday Institute, for Education Innovation of North Carolina State University. This portion of the NC RttT award is for the development of: (1) a plan to transition from funding for textbooks, both traditional and digital, to funding for digital materials, including textbooks and instructional resources; (2) a plan to provide educational resources that remain current, are aligned with curriculum, and effective for all learners by 2017; and (3) an inventory of the infrastructure needed to support robust digital learning in public schools.

This planning endeavor for digital learning is a logical extension of the projects providing applications, communications, and other technical and educational resources being developed and implemented per the RttT initiative. That effort, called Home Base, focuses primarily on providing technical and instructional facilities and capabilities for teachers (in support of classroom instruction) to improve dramatically student performance and educational outcomes. The Friday Institute has been instrumental in planning for and accomplishing significant work efforts involved in Home Base and its associated projects. A "Notice of Intent" for this award will be posted on the NC Department of Administration, Division of Purchase and Contract's Interactive Purchasing System (IPS) on Monday, March 24, 2014. Questions resulting from this public notice may be directed to Janet Byrd, Purchasing & Contracts Section, 919.807.3662; or

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.