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84 - Importance of Principal Leadership
Dec 7 • 24 min
Education research has shown the single most important school-based factor student’s academic success is the classroom teacher. But research also shows that perhaps the next most important factor is the school principal. Most teachers will tell you that…
83 - Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Nov 30 • 24 min
Satana Deberry campaigned to become Durham County’s next District Attorney advocating for reforms in the criminal justice system, including how students are treated. She’s now one of several new District Attorneys and Sheriffs elected in November in North…
82 - The New State Board of Education
Nov 16 • 24 min
The NC General Assembly may have stripped the North Carolina State Board of Education of much of its power, but a new chairman and several new Board Members appointed by Governor Roy Cooper are charting their own path and priorities for education in our…
81 - How will the election affect education in NC?
Nov 2 • 24 min
North Carolinians began casting ballots on October 17th at early-voting sites across the state and Election Day is next week. This year’s election in North Carolina is being called a “blue-moon” election because it’s a rare cycle when there’s no statewide…
80 - Community Fights School Takeover
Oct 26 • 24 min
Carver Heights Elementary School in Wayne County has been picked by the Innovative School District to become the 2nd NC school to be taken over by the state-run program created by the General Assembly in 2016. That takeover will not happen if district…
79 - The Color of Law
Oct 19 • 24 min
Our guest this week is best-selling author Richard Rothstein. He’s a Senior Fellow at the Haas Institute at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law and a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute. His research focuses primarily…
78 - Students and Race
Oct 12 • 24 min
“America To Me” is a new documentary series currently airing on the Starz cable network that was screened this week at events in Durham and Charlotte. Directed by the award-winning director of “Hoop Dreams” Steve James, the series follows a diverse group…
77 - Interview with New York Times Magazine’s Nikole Hannah-Jones
Oct 4 • 24 min
Nikole Hannah-Jones is one of the country’s most respected and influential voices on issues of race and education. She was named a 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow (one of only 24 people chosen globally) for “reshaping national conversations around…
76 - Is NC providing access to quality public education?
Sep 14 • 24 min
In 1997, the NC Supreme Court held unanimously in the landmark Leandro case that North Carolina public school students are entitled under the state constitution to the “opportunity to receive a sound basic education” and therefore the state’s…
75 - One-on-One with State Superintendent Mark Johnson
Sep 8 • 25 min
Mark Johnson was elected nearly two years ago as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. For much of his tenure he was engaged in a power struggle with the State Board of Education over who’s in charge of public education. Now that the NC Supreme…
74 - Back to School
Sep 1 • 24 min
This week 1.4 million North Carolina children returned to class for the start of a new school year. The new year begins just a little over three months after an estimated 20,000 teachers marched in Raleigh asking the General Assembly for more support for…
73 - Work-Based Learning
Aug 23 • 24 min
Employers across the U.S. and here in North Carolina report they have more jobs available than the number of qualified applicants to fill them. Work-based learning opportunities have been expanding here for both students and educators to give them greater…
72 - Youth Suicide
Aug 17 • 25 min
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Losing a child for any reason is devastating, but when it’s suicide, family and friends are not only grieving the unexpected loss, they often find themselves confused and guilt-ridden wondering why they were unable to…
71 - Should Schools Scrap Letter Grades?
Aug 10 • 24 min
Carroll Middle School in Raleigh is scrapping letter grades for a new approach that is gaining traction nationally known as competency based learning and grading. We talk to the school’s principal Elizabeth MacWilliams on why they are making the switch.…
70 - Teens, Social Media and Fake News
Aug 3 • 24 min
The phrase “fake news” was declared the official Collins Dictionary Word of the Year for 2017. Nearly 1 in 4 Americans visited a fake news site in the month leading up to the 2016 presidential election. With technology and social media becoming nearly a…
69 - Leadership Conversations
Jul 27 • 24 min
Cathy Moore was named Superintendent of Wake County Public Schools in May. It’s the largest school system in the state and the 15th largest in the country. She is the first woman and first Hispanic to hold the district’s top job and we talk to her on this…
68 - Hits & Misses: A Legislative Recap
Jul 13 • 24 min
The General Assembly just wrapped up its short session for 2018 with a return date of November 27th after the fall election. This week we take a look at what happened in the short session in terms of education by talking to some key stakeholders. We’ll…
67 - Newsmakers & Newsbreakers
Jun 29 • 24 min
Education has been a mainstay in the headlines in recent years here in North Carolina. This week we talk to one of the education newsmakers, Judge Bob Orr. He’s a former NC Supreme Court Justice who recently represented the State Board of Education in its…
66 - Tax Cap Amendment and Education
Jun 22 • 24 min
The General Assembly is considering a Constitutional amendment to permanently cap income tax rates in North Carolina. If approved, it would appear on the November ballot along with other Constitutional amendments being proposed this week. With education…
65 - Examining NC’s Private School Voucher Program
Jun 15 • 24 min
Two new reports are out exploring our state’s Opportunity Scholarship or private school voucher program. One study looks at the academic achievement of students who left public schools to attend private schools using state-funded vouchers. The other…
64 - NC’s School Building Needs
Jun 1 • 24 min
North Carolina public schools have about $8 billion dollars in construction, renovation and repair needs. Cracked walls, outdated inefficient heating and cooling systems and school grounds that look like trailer parks due to the number of mobile classroom…
63 - Principal Pay
May 25 • 24 min
Last year the average pay for a principal in North Carolina ranked 50th nationally. The General Assembly responded with new investments and a new plan for how principals are paid. That plan has drawn a lot of criticism because, if unchanged, it will…
62 - Setting an agenda for education
Apr 27 • 24 min
A new commission created last year – My Future NC – wants to develop a broad-based education agenda for North Carolina aimed at making the state more competitive. The cross sector group representing business, education, government, nonprofits and…
61 - Overhauling Public School Funding
Apr 13 • 25 min
A legislative task force created by the General Assembly in 2017 is considering overhauling the way North Carolina funds public schools. This week we talk with the co-chairs of that task force, Senator Michael Lee from New Hanover County and…
60 - Should NC Break Up Large School Districts?
Apr 6 • 24 min
The General Assembly is exploring breaking up the state’s largest school districts. At the same time a bill introduced last year would allow two communities outside Charlotte to create a system of separate public charter schools for their residents. This…
59 - Spotlight on NC School of Science & Mathematics and NC Lab Schools
Mar 30 • 24 min
One is a brand new partnership between our state university teacher prep programs and K-12 public schools, while the other started in 1980 in Durham, but is now expanding to Western NC. This week we explore NC Lab Schools and the NC School of Science &…
58 - Racial Disparity in School Discipline
Mar 23 • 24 min
Black students are being suspended at rates three to four times higher than other students in school districts across North Carolina. Why is this happening and what can be done to address it? Guests: • Keith Sutton, Wake County Board of Education • Dr.…
57 - Schools and Mass Shootings: Policy Implications
Mar 16 • 24 min
New laws are being considered nationally and here in North Carolina in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. What is happening next in NC and can new policies help protect our children? Guests: •…
56 - Mass Shootings in Schools: How can we protect our children?
Mar 8 • 24 min
The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has sparked a national debate about guns and how best to protect students. This week in the first of two shows, we talk with a teacher, a school psychologist and students for their…
55 - One-on one with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest
Mar 2 • 24 min
North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest discusses top education issues including school safety & arming teachers, digital learning, school choice and state of public education. Guest: • Lt. Gov. Dan Forest
54 - Technology and Personalized Learning
Feb 24 • 24 min
This week we visit two elementary schools – Rogers Lane Elementary in Wake County and Perry Harrison Elementary in Chatham County – to learn more about how these schools are using technology to personalize learning for students. Guests: • Shane Barham,…
53 - Investing Early in Our Future
Feb 10 • 24 min
We talk with leaders from across North Carolina who gathered in Raleigh this week for the 2018 Emerging Issues Forum. This year’s Forum focused on investing early in our children’s education and health and the impact it has on our state’s economy. Guests:…
52 - Future of Education in the American South
Feb 2 • 24 min
A new report out this week says that while North Carolina and other Southern states made major advances in education in recent decades, achievement gaps between more affluent students and historically disadvantaged classmates have widened. Are voters…
51 - Top 10 Education Issues for 2018
Jan 26 • 27 min
The Public School Forum of NC unveiled its Top 10 Education Issues for 2018 this week. A panel of legislative, education and business leaders discuss before a live audience in Raleigh at the 2018 Eggs & Issues Breakfast. Guests: • Sen. Valerie Foushee…
50 - Is a Class Size Fix Coming?
Jan 19 • 25 min
Last week, hundreds of parents, teachers and students descended on Raleigh calling on the General Assembly to address the K-3 class size mandate they say is creating chaos in schools across the state. Now that legislators have adjourned again without…
49 - NC’s School Funding Divide
Jan 11 • 24 min
At a time of intense focus by state leaders on how schools are funded in North Carolina, a new study out this week show a stark and growing gap between the highest and lowest-wealth counties in the state, particularly urban and rural school districts. We…
48 - Legislative Preview and the Class Size Mandate
Jan 4 • 24 min
The General Assembly will re-convene next week for a special continuation of the 2017 regular session. Will the class size mandate or principal pay be addressed? What else should be on the legislative agenda for education? We’ll discuss with our panel.…
47 - Conversation with Governor Jim Hunt
Dec 15, 2017 • 24 min
A one-on-one conversation with the original “Education Governor”, four-term North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. We discuss how he made education a priority for the state and what he sees as the challenges and opportunities to bring people together…
46 - The New NC Teaching Fellows Program
Dec 1, 2017 • 24 min
The original NC Teaching Fellows Program was eliminated by the General Assembly in 2011. This year legislators created a new version of the forgivable loan program targeting STEM and special education teachers. We talk with Deans from two of the Schools…
45 - Childhood Trauma & Learning
Nov 24, 2017 • 24 min
Studies show that children who regularly experience trauma score lower than their peers on standardized tests are more likely to fail a grade, are placed in special education more frequently and are more likely to be suspended and expelled. Research has…
44 - Voucher School Controversy
Nov 9, 2017 • 24 min
Trinity Christian School in Fayetteville has received more taxpayer dollars via the state’s private school voucher program than any other school in the state. It’s also home to an embezzlement scandal involving a teacher who runs the school’s elite…
43 - Black Teachers Matter
Oct 13, 2017 • 24 min
Does having at least one black teacher make it less likely a black student will drop out of school and more likely to go to college? New research on North Carolina students says yes. We also discuss discipline disparities for students of color and meet…
42 - School Takeover Plan Meets Resistance
Oct 6, 2017 • 24 min
The NC Innovative School District, created by the General Assembly in 2016, is set to begin taking over some low-performing schools across the state and turn them over to charter school operators. However, the plan is getting serious pushback from some…
41 - Principal Pay
Sep 29, 2017 • 24 min
Last year average pay for principals in North Carolina ranked 50th nationally. The General Assembly responded with $35 million in pay raises for school-based administrators and a new principal pay plan. That plan is now generating concerns that many…
40 - Meet the 2017 NC Teacher of the Year + NAACP Education Forum Preview
Sep 22, 2017 • 24 min
This week we meet Lisa Godwin, the 2017 NC Teacher of the Year from Onslow County. Plus we preview the upcoming NAACP Education Forum with NC NAACP Executive Director Dr. Terrance Ruth and retired educator Dr. Dudley Flood. Guests: • Lisa Godwin, 2017 NC…
39 - Class Size Mandate
Sep 15, 2017 • 24 min
We discuss new K-3 class size mandates from the General Assembly and the dramatic impact they are already having on schools this year, as well as what it may look like next year without legislative action. Guests: • Jazzmone Sutton, Music Teacher, Wake…
38 - One-on-One with UNC President Margaret Spellings
Aug 25, 2017 • 24 min
UNC President Margaret Spellings discusses Charlottesville and Silent Sam, her first year on the job, college affordability, UNC’s state support, teacher preparation and more… Guest: • Margaret Spellings, President, University of North Carolina
37 - A Closer Look at the NC Innovative School District & New Teacher Pay Pilots
Aug 11, 2017 • 24 min
The new – and controversial – NC Innovative School District, formerly known as the Achievement School District, is slated to begin taking over some of the state’s lowest performing public schools. We talk with Innovative School District Superintendent Dr.…
36 - A New Direction for Leandro Case
Aug 4, 2017 • 24 min
The now 20-year old landmark Leandro case on education quality and equity in North Carolina’s public schools just took a surprising new turn. We talk with Melanie Black Dubis, lead counsel for the plaintiff school districts. We also meet Dr. Nicole Hurd,…
35 - Should Large NC School Districts Be Broken Up?
Jul 28, 2017 • 24 min
House Bill 704 passed by the NC General Assembly in June sets up a study committee to explore breaking up large school districts — Wake and Mecklenburg are the state’s two largest ones. Critics of the bill say it could lead to re-segregation of our public…
34 - Retiree Health Benefits Elimination
Jul 14, 2017 • 24 min
The budget just passed by the NC General Assembly eliminates retiree health benefits for teachers and all state employees hired after January 2021. What will be the impact of this major change in state employee benefits? Guests: • Richard Rogers,…
33 - Child Well-Being in North Carolina
Jul 7, 2017 • 24 min
How does North Carolina stack up compared to other states when it comes to child well-being? The short answer – not great. This week we explore the key indicators of child well-being and what the state can do to improve the lives of NC children. Guests: •…
32 - State Budget Focus
Jun 23, 2017 • 24 min
With an actual budget in hand with votes this week, we talk with key education advocates for their take on the budget as well as two journalists who’ve been covering the budget process about how this came together and what’s next. Guests: • Mark Jewell,…
31 - The Latest on the State Budget
Jun 16, 2017 • 24 min
This week on Education Matters, two leading NC House members, Rep. Hugh Blackwell (R-Burke) and Rep. Graig Meyer (D-Durham, Orange), will discuss the state of the budget process and key education issues being debated. Guests: • Rep. Hugh Blackwell…
30 - State Board Chair Bill Cobey + Focus on Charter School Policy
Jun 2, 2017 • 24 min
State Board of Education Chairman Bill Cobey discusses proposed cuts at DPI and the ongoing power struggle with the State Superintendent and General Assembly. In the second segment, NC Charter School Advisory Board Chairman Alex Quigley and Research…
29 - NC Senate Budget + Focus on Leadership in Education
May 25, 2017 • 24 min
This week’s show looks at the budget passed by the NC Senate, including the key education provisions and a controversial amendment passed at 3 am that appeared to target only Democratic districts for cuts. We talk with Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram whose…
28 - Conversation with State Superintendent Mark Johnson & Importance of Early Learning
Apr 28, 2017 • 24 min
This week on Education Matters, State Superintendent Mark Johnson talks HB13 class size debate, the State Board lawsuit, his listening tour and why he’s focusing on early literacy. This week’s show also includes a discussion with PNC Bank Regional…
27 - Race: Are We So Different?
Apr 21, 2017 • 24 min
This week we have two segments focused on the issue of race. First is a preview of an exciting new exhibition opening this week at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh called Race: Are We So Different? The second segment is a story about a group…
26 - Teaching Fellows 2.0
Apr 14, 2017 • 24 min
A look at the proposal to re-establish a NC Teaching Fellows Program to recruit new teachers into our state’s classrooms. Guests: • Rep. Craig Horn (R-Union) • Sen. Chad Barefoot (R-Franklin, Wake) • Dr. Mary Ann Danowitz, Dean, NC State College of…
25 - School Building Needs and State Employee Benefits
Apr 7, 2017 • 24 min
This week we discuss state employee and retiree benefits with guest State Treasurer Dale Folwell and we talk about the state’s critical school building needs and how to cover the $8 billion dollar price tag. Guests: • Dale Folwell, North Carolina State…
24 - How Your Zip Code Drives School Funding
Mar 31, 2017 • 24 min
A new report out by the Public School Forum spotlights stark gaps in school funding across the state. Guests: • Lauren Bock, Research Director, Public School Forum of NC • Aaron J. Beaulieu, Chief Financial Officer, Durham Public Schools • Rep. Kevin…
23 - Private School Vouchers: A National Perspective
Mar 24, 2017 • 24 min
A leading national expert discusses the push toward privatization in K-12 education and its impact on public education and society as a whole. Guest: Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation
22 - Focus on School Funding
Mar 17, 2017 • 24 min
This week we focus on two key issues in school funding. We talk to school leaders about the impact of the K-3 class size mandate and a search for a solution. We then examine a new report that looks at overall school finance reform efforts for North…
21 - Newsmakers and Newsbreakers
Mar 10, 2017 • 24 min
State Budget Director Charlie Perusse talks about Gov. Roy Cooper’s first budget and its focus on education investments in the first half of the show, followed by a discussion with key reporters who cover the ins and outs of education in North Carolina.…
20 - Preparing the Next Generation of School Leaders
Mar 3, 2017 • 24 min
This week we focus on principal preparation and development. Why is principal development important, what are we doing well, what else do we need to be doing and what are the gaps and challenges in North Carolina? Guests: • Lisa Stewart, Principal, Grays…
19 - Our Vulnerable Students
Feb 22, 2017 • 24 min
All young people deal with their own unique sets of pressure and stress in their lives that just come from growing up, but certainly two groups of students today are feeling it acutely –children of immigrants and LGBT youth. This week we talk with experts…
18 - North Carolina’s Private School Voucher Program
Feb 16, 2017 • 24 min
The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education has shined a spotlight on programs like NC’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides state funding for children to attend private, mostly religious, K-12 schools. This week we explore…
17 - The School Calendar Question
Feb 9, 2017 • 24 min
You may think education is largely a local issue, but when it comes to the calendar, NC school districts have very little say in when their school year starts, ends or even how many teacher work days they can have. A diverse coalition of stakeholders is…
16 - Teacher of the Year: A New Documentary Film
Feb 3, 2017 • 24 min
Teacher of the Year is a new documentary film that reveals the complex reality of teaching in the 21st century and explores the forces that influence a teacher’s performance for the competing needs of audiences made up of students, parents,…
15 - Talking Education with Gov. Roy Cooper
Jan 27, 2017 • 24 min
Newly elected Governor Roy Cooper sits down with Education Matters host Keith Poston for the full half hour in a one-on-one discussion about key education issues facing North Carolina. The interview was taped before a live audiences at the 3rd Annual Eggs…
14 - Digital Learning
Jan 20, 2017 • 24 min
K-12 education is being transformed nationally and here in North Carolina, as schools move quickly to take advantage of improved internet connectivity and new digital tools to enhance learning. We’ll talk about the state of digital learning in North…
13 - State Board of Education vs. NC General Assembly
Jan 12, 2017 • 24 min
HB 17 was passed in a surprise special session of the NC General Assembly in December. The bill, signed into law by former Gov. Pat McCrory, strips much of the power from the State Board of Education and gives it to the newly elected Superintendent of…
12 -Voices from Our Schools
Jan 5, 2017 • 23 min
This week we hear from key voices from our public schools – school administrators and teachers. We discuss some of the key issues on the minds of both groups of educators and what they hope to see happen in 2017 in North Carolina. Guests: • Katherine…
11 - North Carolina School Funding Plans
Dec 14, 2016 • 24 min
We’ll examine the new report from the General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division on how schools are funded today in North Carolina. Are big changes on the horizon? We talk to the study’s lead author, as well as the chairman of the House Committee on…
10 - Race & Education
Dec 9, 2016 • 24 min
How does race affect student outcomes in North Carolina? Does race correlate with educational opportunity in ways that diminish the likelihood of success for students of color? We explore this week with three experts. Guests: • Donovan Livingston, Ph.D.…
9 - The Benefits Of Early Childhood Education
Dec 2, 2016 • 24 min
A new study out of Duke University has found the benefits of early childhood education are significant and last up through the fifth grade, contradicting earlier studies that suggested the benefits of pre-k may fade. We talk to the study’s author, as well…
8 - Principals And Principal Pay
Nov 24, 2016 • 24 min
North Carolina’s average pay for principals ranks 50th out of all states and the District of Columbia. The NC General Assembly is expected to focus more attention on principals including pay next session. We talk to the experts including the NC Principal…
7 - Election 2016
Nov 17, 2016 • 24 min
With all the votes cast, what will Election 2016 mean for education policy in North Carolina? We explore with a panel of experts. Guests: • Rick Glazier, Executive Director, NC Justice Center • Dr. Terry Stoops, Director of Education Studies, John Locke…
6 - After The Floods
Nov 10, 2016 • 24 min
Three weeks after Hurricane Matthew devastated parts of Eastern NC with historic flooding, Robeson County students returned to class, the last school system to reopen. We visit Lumberton this week and talk with school leaders about the impact, response…
5 - School Finance Across North Carolina
Nov 3, 2016 • 24 min
North Carolina’s poorest counties continue to fall further behind our wealthier counties in terms of resources available to their local schools. What is the impact and what we can do to ensure all schools have the resources they need to serve every child?…
4 - Teacher Pay In North Carolina
Oct 28, 2016 • 24 min
There’s probably no subject that has generated more headlines and more debate over the last few years than teacher pay. How much should teachers earn? Where do we rank? Will teachers really make on average $50,000 next year? We explore this week on…
3 - Expanding Educational Opportunity In North Carolina
Oct 21, 2016 • 24 min
“Expanding Educational Opportunity in North Carolina” is the title of the just released report and action plan from the Public School Forum of North Carolina and the topic of this week’s show. Looking at the challenges effective teachers and leaders face…
2 - School Resources
Oct 14, 2016 • 24 min
Across our state, public schools are being asked to do more with less. Eight years after a crippling recession forced significant cuts in state spending, including in public education, many key funding areas still remain below pre-recession levels. We’ll…
1 - Teacher Pipeline
Sep 30, 2016 • 22 min
With increasing retirements and higher turnover in our teacher workforce — along with steep declines in our teacher preparation programs — how will we ensure we have the teachers our children need? Guests: • Dr. Mary Ann Danowitz, Dean, School of…