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Ep. 156 Color of Education
Oct 17 • 24 min
Joining us to discuss the Color of Education are speakers and organizers of the event Guests: Dr. William “Sandy Darity, Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Professor of African and African American Studies, Professor of Economics, Duke…
ep. 155 Color of Education
Oct 10 • 24 min
We kicked off our third annual Color of Education Summit virtually this week, spotlighting the intersection of race, equity, and education. Joining us to discuss this are speakers and organizers of the event. Guests: Dr. Keisha Bentley-Edwards, Associate…
Ep. 154A Discussion with the Candidates for State Superintendent
Oct 3 • 24 min
On today’s show we have a range of topics to discuss with two special guests, Dr. Jen Mangrum, Democratic Candidate for State Superintendent, and Catherine Truitt, Republican Candidate for State Superintendent. I’d like to thank them both for their…
ep. 153 Broadband and Digital Learning
Sep 26 • 24 min
For more than 200,000 homes with students across NC, Broadband access is limited or non-existent. Even when Broadband is available, other barriers to adoption and usage prevent many of our households from being connected. During this pandemic, many…
ep. 152 STEM Engagement
Sep 19 • 24 min
In last week’s episode, we were able to discuss the need for ongoing STEM investments and exposure to high-quality STEM content, as early as Kindergarten. These discussions bring awareness to the need for collective strategies and intentional…
ep. 151 STEM Funders, Business, and Industry
Sep 12 • 24 min
The world around us is constantly changing and so is the workforce. It is imperative that youth are afforded opportunities to learn by doing, build skills, connect with mentors and prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. Today, STEM jobs are driving global…
ep. 150 School Budgets: Short- and Long-term Impacts on Our Public Schools
Aug 29 • 24 min
COVID-19 has created changes to the school budget landscape across our state. From creating access to broadband to in-person learning costs, there are new and different short and long-term impacts on the budget. Guests: Cathy Moore, Superintendent, Wake…
Ep. 149 School Culture in the World of COVID-19
Aug 22 • 24 min
We are now two weeks into the new school year in NC; and educators, students, and families alike are adjusting to a new normal in either a remote or hybrid setting. We will have the opportunity to hear from a Superintendent, principal, and two students on…
Ep. 148 Student Voices and COVID-19
Aug 15 • 24 min
This week, K-12 students across North Carolina are going back to school. Our public school students are beginning school under what have become known as Plans B and C — and in most districts, that is either a hybrid or a fully remote learning schedule. As…
Ep. 147 Synergy and Afterschool Programming
Aug 8 • 23 min
As families and school districts work to provide academic, social, and emotional learning opportunities and support for their students, afterschool, before school, and summer programs are key pieces for many children. As an integral part of the learning…
ep. 146 Supporting and Lifting Up Teachers in the World of COVID-19
Aug 1 • 24 min
Supporting and Lifting Up Teachers in the World of COVID-19 While this time of year always seems to involve a great deal of back-to-school talk, this year it is even more so with every conversation involving school plans, district or parent decisions, and…
Ep. 145 Supporting Families with Students in Hybrid and Remote Learning Environments
Jul 25 • 24 min
While schools and districts are struggling to know what to do and how to best meet the needs of our students, the shift to hybrid or remote learning plans have had a dramatic impact on our families and students. During this episode we will meet with four…
144-COVID-19’s Impact on Public School Funding
Jul 18 • 24 min
This week, our Governor provided more guidance for schools and districts as they plan for the beginning of a school year like none other. As families make complex and sometimes heart-wrenching decisions to meet the needs of their children, today we will…
Ep. 143 Safely Starting the 2020-21 School Year
Jul 11 • 24 min
As North Carolina continues to develop plans for safely beginning the 2020-21 school year, we take a look at the possibilities surrounding what next year could bring and what that means for both large and small school districts across our state. Joining…
Ep. 142 NC Businesses Supporting Public Schools and Introducing Dr. Mary Ann Wolf
Jul 4 • 24 min
During COVID-19 and the new remote learning environment that North Carolina’s students are grappling with, our state’s business community has stepped up to bridge the digital divide, forming partnerships with local school districts to provide technology…
Ep. 141 Leandro: Moving from Planning to Action
Jun 27 • 23 min
Judge Lee’s Consent Order of January 21, 2020, it directed the State Defendants (SBE/Gov/DOJ representing the State to submit a status report setting out the “Specific actions that the State Defendants must implement in 2020 to begin to address the issues…
Ep. 140 Spotlight on the Class of 2020 and Reopening our Schools This Fall
Jun 20 • 25 min
As COVID-19 continues to present our state and nation with so many challenges with regard to children’s schooling, joining us on the show today is the chair of the North Carolina State Board of Education, Eric Davis, and the Chief Deputy Secretary of the…
Ep. 139Supporting the Social and Emotional Well-Being of School Communities During COVID-19
Jun 13 • 25 min
At a time when COVID-19 still presents a significant public health threat, education leaders are working hard to develop plans to keep students physically safe through a variety of remote and in-person learning options for the upcoming school year. But we…
138 Planning for Reopening Schools Safely During Covid-19
Jun 6 • 24 min
As the school year ends, planning begins. With the new school year approaching, we look to district and state leaders to decide what guidelines will be in place to keep our students and staff safe. This week we discuss backgrounds, options, and factors…
137Remote Learning Without Access: Workarounds From Rural Communities Part 2
May 30 • 23 min
Through community efforts, partnerships, and new funding, many students without broadband access have been provided loaned devices, wifi-hot spots, and community hot spot access in order to complete school work and continue learning. Today we catch up…
Ep.136 Remote Learning Without Internet Access: Workarounds From Rural Communities
May 23 • 24 min
Recently, in response to COVID-19, much needed additional state and federal funding has been allocated to North Carolina’s public schools. With the use of these funds, combined with state and local partnerships, more efforts are being made to connect…
Ep. 135: COVID-19 Budget and State Decisions Update
May 9 • 24 min
On May second, the North Carolina general assembly approved a pandemic relief package nearing one point six billion dollars in two bills. After compromising, votes in the house and the senate were unanimous in passing the COVID-19 relief package. Here to…
Ep 134:From Breakfast to Broadband and Back: Parents Insight to Navigating Remote Learning
May 2 • 24 min
Governor Cooper announced last Friday that our school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of this academic year. and this week, our general assembly members returned to Raleigh to consider Coronavirus related legislation, including a number of…
133 Access and Accessibility to Broadband
Apr 25 • 24 min
Over and over we have been hearing from North Carolina teachers saying that they have not been able to reach some of their students during this stay at home order, one major reason being the lack of access to broadband. In areas across the state,…
Ep. 132-Covid-19 update and Special-Population Students
Apr 18 • 24 min
Today on the show we are going to provide an update on educating during Covid-19 and discuss meeting the needs of exceptional children and English language learners during this challenging time. here to discuss are three education professionals coming…
131-Educator Self-Care and Wellness
Apr 11 • 25 min
During covid-19, educator self care is more important now than it has ever been. This week on education matters we’re here to discuss staff wellness from teacher, district, and state wide perspectives and how we are supporting those on the front lines of…
130-Social Emotional Learning During Covid-19
Apr 4 • 25 min
While students are staying home, Social Emotional Learning is especially important now more than ever. Today we look at the mental health needs that many kids may be facing at home right now and ways to support social emotional learning from a distance.…
128-North Carolina Education Leaders Respond to Coronavirus
Mar 21 • 24 min
Right now, the world faces something practically unimaginable-a global pandemic- and its impacts are being felt right here in North Carolina. The Coronavirus is affecting not only our health and business sectors, but it’s also impacting our youth. From…
Education Matters Ep. 127 Connecting Student Data Systems to Improve Educational Outcomes
Mar 6 • 24 min
In an era when our ability to collect data is better than ever, policymakers believe it’s critical that to improve our students’ academic success, we must leverage that data in new and innovative ways. So how do we get there? State education leaders…
124-Keeping Our Students Safe
Feb 29 • 24 min
Anonymous reporting, safety apps, school resource officers. Do you know how your children are staying safe while in school? Today we continue our series looking at how to make our schools safer. Joining us to discuss this important topic is Robert Trumbo,…
Education Matters Ep. 126 Eggs And Issues and Leandro
Feb 22 • 24 min
Guests: Mr. Alan Duncan, Vice Chairman, NC State Board of Education Ms. Ann McColl, Co-Founder and President of The Innovation Project Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of the Vance County Schools Mr. Thomas B. Oxholm, Vice President of Finance and…
Eggs & Issues Features Leandro & How to Ensure All NC Children Receive a Sound Basic Education
Feb 21 • 24 min
The Public School Forum’s annual Eggs and Issues event included a live taping of the Forum’s weekly television show, Education Matters. We were joined by four panelists who discussed this year’s Top Education Issue, which focused on the school funding…
125-Digital Citizenship and State Superintendent Series Wrap Up
Feb 7 • 24 min
Today we will dive into digital citizenship and what schools are doing to promote safe and responsible use of the internet with the Assistant Superintendent of Edgecombe County, Abbey Futrell. But first, we close our series of interviewing those who have…
122 - Race For State Superintendent
Jan 24 • 24 min
This year, North Carolinians will elect a new State Superintendent of Public Instruction, as the current State Superintendent, Mark Johnson, has announced he will run for Lieutenant Governor. Today we continue our series of interviewing those who have…
Ep 123: Making Our Students And Schools Safer
Jan 17 • 24 min
Research tells us our schools can be safer places when we cultivate healthy environments in which our students feel they are able to address bullying and the potential for violence before they result in serious consequences. Today we’ll hear from a…
Ep. 121: A Recap Of The Year In NC Education
Dec 20, 2019 • 24 min
From the controversy around reading assessment tools to the release of a court-ordered report on school funding, 2019 has been quite the busy year for education in North Carolina. Today we’ll hear from defendant and plaintiff representatives of the…
Ep 120 Improving Teacher Diversity In North Carolina
Dec 13, 2019 • 24 min
Research says students experience significant academic and emotional benefits from having teachers of color, yet in North Carolina the educator workforce comprises a disproportionately low percentage of teachers of color. At a summit hosted this week by…
- 119 Addressing the Teacher Pay Stalemate
Nov 22, 2019 • 24 min
Lawmakers recently adjourned their legislative session without reaching a compromise with Governor Cooper on teacher salaries, leaving educators to head into the holidays without pay raises for the 2019-20 school year. On today’s show, we’ll hear from two…
118: Fair and Equitable Funding for All of North Carolina’s Schools
Nov 15, 2019 • 23 min
Nearly a quarter century after a state Supreme Court ruling known as Leandro reaffirmed North Carolina’s constitutional duty to ensure all children — including those who are at-risk or from rural and underserved communities — have the opportunity to…
Addressing Racial Equity in North Carolina’s Schools
Nov 8, 2019 • 24 min
Last month, the Public School Forum of North Carolina, along with the Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity and the Policy Bridge at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University hosted their second annual Color of Education summit, which…
116 - Addressing the Unique Rural Education Strengths and Challenges in North Carolina
Nov 1, 2019 • 24 min
Did you know that North Carolina is home to 568,000 rural students, the second largest rural student population in the United States after Texas? This fall, the Public School forum will convene its seventeenth study group to better understand the unique…
115 - North Carolina is a Leader in Global Education
Oct 25, 2019 • 24 min
In 2011, the North Carolina State Board of Education formed a Task Force on Global Education to assess the state’s effort to produce “globally competitive” graduates ready to live, work, and contribute in an interconnected world. Thanks to their work, the…
Education Matters Ep 114 - The Impacts of Afterschool Programs on North Carolina’s Youth
Oct 18, 2019 • 24 min
Every day, youth attend afterschool, before school and summer learning programs across North Carolina, engaging in activities like STEM, physical fitness, literacy, and civic education, to name a few. This week, we will take a look at the impact that…
113 - State Budget Veto Override
Sep 20, 2019 • 24 min
In a stunning move last week that sent shockwaves across the political landscape here in North Carolina and nationally, the Republican majority in the NC House overrode Governor Cooper’s veto of the state budget with nearly half of the 120 House members…
112 - When “A” Means Affluent
Sep 13, 2019 • 24 min
Last week the NC Department of Public Instruction released its annual A-F School Performance Grades for the state’s public schools and they continue to reflect a clear relationship between poverty and student test scores. This week on the show we discuss…
Education Matters Show - Are NC Schools Prepared for the Next Hurricane?
Aug 30, 2019 • 24 min
While the official Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1st through November 30th, September historically has been the most active month for hurricanes affecting North Carolina, with 35 percent of all hurricanes striking the state in that month including…
110 - Trauma-Informed Schools
Aug 16, 2019 • 24 min
We know that Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs can lead to long-term health issues as adults, but we’re just beginning to understand the impact trauma has on a child’s ability to learn during the critical early years in school. The good news is…
109 - Innovative Public Schools
Aug 8, 2019 • 24 min
While school choice and education privatization efforts grab headlines and generate a great deal of activity at the NC General Assembly, a wide array of innovative and transformative efforts are quietly underway in public school systems all across North…
108 - One-on-One with Governor Roy Cooper
Aug 2, 2019 • 24 min
Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the budget passed by the NC General Assembly on June 28th and offered up a counter proposal a week later. Now more than a month has passed and the General Assembly has yet to bring a veto override vote to the floor and publicly…
107 - State Health Plan Standoff
Jul 26, 2019 • 25 min
The North Carolina State Health Plan is managed by the State Treasurer of North Carolina Dale Folwell. His office has been engaged in a bitter battle with the state’s hospitals and healthcare networks over pricing and the contract dispute has more than…
106 - Wake Students Chronicle Lynching History
Jul 19, 2019 • 24 min
Last year, students from Wake County’s Middle Creek High School, along with students from two other local schools, worked with the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative to document the only confirmed lynching case in Wake County. Following this…
105 - State Budget Showdown
Jul 12, 2019 • 24 min
Just one day after the General Assembly passed a new state budget, Governor Roy Cooper announced he was vetoing it, citing lack of investment in public education and failure to expand Medicaid to provide health coverage for low income North Carolinians.…
104 - Early College High Schools on the Chopping Block
Jun 21, 2019 • 24 min
Some of North Carolina’s top rated high schools are what are commonly referred to as early college high schools. These schools allow students to earn college credits while working towards graduation and are typically paired with a local community college…
103 - North Carolina Rock Star Teachers
Jun 13, 2019 • 24 min
The State of North Carolina is fortunate to be home to thousands of exceptional public school teachers. In fact North Carolina leads the nation in the percentage of Nationally Board Certified teachers, the gold standard for professional excellence in…
102 - The E-Cigarette Epidemic and Students
May 24, 2019 • 24 min
E-cigarettes, Vaping. Juuling. Whatever you know it by, their use is skyrocketing among students. Last week North Carolina became the first state in the country to file a lawsuit against popular e-cigarette maker Juul Labs alleging the company is…
101 - Teacher Rally Recap and Exploring the House Budget
May 10, 2019 • 24 min
The school year may be nearing an end, but education policymaking is heating up in Raleigh. For the second year in a row, thousands of teachers marched and rallied outside the General Assembly. At the very same time House lawmakers were passing their…
100 -How Do We Keep Our Children Safe?
Apr 26, 2019 • 26 min
The rate of teen suicide in North Carolina has doubled in the last 10 years. Self-harm among 10- to 14-year-old girls in the U.S. has nearly tripled since 2009. Nearly one in seven U.S. children and adolescents has a mental health condition and half go…
99 - NC Teachers Marching Again
Apr 19, 2019 • 24 min
On May 16th last year, nearly 20,000 North Carolina teachers descended on Raleigh for a march and rally outside the NC General Assembly asking for more support for public schools and respect for the teaching profession. Teachers are planning another rally…
98 - Expanding NC’s Teacher Pipeline
Apr 12, 2019 • 24 min
Our state’s public schools are facing critical teacher shortages and longer term teaching vacancies. At the same time, enrollment in the state’s teacher preparation programs continue to lag. In response, state leaders have been looking at ways to expand…
97 - Talking Testing with Teacher Legislators
Apr 5, 2019 • 24 min
There appears to be a growing bipartisan consensus that we’re over-testing our state’s public school students. There’s also increasing scrutiny over how those standardized tests are being used to assign A-F letter grades to schools and to set pay for…
96 - One-on-One with NC Governor Roy Cooper
Mar 29, 2019 • 24 min
Two years ago, Roy Cooper was elected Governor of North Carolina as a champion for teachers and public schools. He’s just unveiled his proposed state budget to a more balanced General Assembly than the Republican supermajority of his first two years, but…
95 - Newsmakers
Mar 22, 2019 • 24 min
This week on Education Matters we welcome two educators who are making news. First up is Leigh Kokenes. She’s a School Psychologist in the Wake County Public Schools System and was recently named the National School Psychologist of the Year. We’ll talk to…
94 - One-On-One with State Superintendent Mark Johnson
Mar 8, 2019 • 24 min
It’s been more than two years since Mark Johnson was elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction. He’s just unveiled a new initiative that aims to make North Carolina the best place to learn and teach by the year 2030. Superintendent Johnson joins…
93 - Documenting Historically Segregated Black Schools
Mar 1, 2019 • 24 min
The history of school desegregation includes many important stories of courageous African American families and their children who were the first to attend previously whites-only schools. But there’s another history that often goes untold. That one is…
92 - Inequity in School Funding
Feb 22, 2019 • 24 min
A study released this week by the Public School Forum of NC shows a growing gap in public school funding between the highest and lowest-wealth counties in the state. These funding disparities have a real impact on education, including the ability of lower…
91 - Exploring Rural-Urban North Carolina
Feb 15, 2019 • 24 min
According to the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State, people in North Carolina are feeling more disconnected than ever and they want to do something about it. So IEI launched a three-year initiative called ReCONNECT NC and this week hundreds of…
90 - Newsmaker Conversations
Feb 8, 2019 • 24 min
The State Treasurer of North Carolina has broad responsibilities over the finances of the state that have big implications for public education including state employee retirement and pension plans, the State Health Plan and how the state finances school…
89 - Diversity in Teaching
Feb 1, 2019 • 24 min
North Carolina’s public schools are becoming increasingly diverse with students of color now making up more than 50 percent of total enrollment. The state’s teaching workforce, however, does not reflect that diversity, with about 80 percent of teachers…
88 - Top Education Issues for 2019
Jan 25, 2019 • 24 min
This week’s show was recorded live at the Public School Forum of North Carolina’s Eggs & Issues Breakfast. A panel of award winning educators and students discuss the top education issues facing the state in 2019. Guests: • Beth Embree, 2018-19 NC School…
87 - Freshman Year
Jan 18, 2019 • 24 min
When the new NC General Assembly was sworn in last week, about 1/4 of the 50-member Senate were new faces. On the House side, 26 brand new members joined, about 20 percent of the 120-member chamber. That group included 17 Democrats who helped end the…
86 - Legislative Preview
Jan 11, 2019 • 24 min
As a new NC General Assembly returns to Raleigh without a Republican supermajority for the first time since 2012, we’re joined by three respected journalists to discuss what to expect in 2019 in terms of education policy and how the new balance of power…
85 - One-on-One with NC Community College System President Peter Hans
Jan 4, 2019 • 24 min
Peter Hans became the ninth president of the NC Community College System in May. He now oversees 58 community colleges that educate more than 700,000 students every year, the 3rd largest community college system in the country. This week we talk with…
84 - Importance of Principal Leadership
Dec 7, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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…