Public Education Action Team
Team Leaders and Mission
Education Team Leaders: Ruth Ann Groh and Zena Alman. If you have any questions contact: PublicEducation@lwvodc.org
The League of Women Voters (LWV) believes strongly that high quality public education for all children is necessary to sustain our democratic way of life and the economic health of our state and the people. Having studied education issues at the national, state and local levels for many decades, the LWV concludes that adequate funding is essential to the ability of the state to provide and sustain such an education.
Members interested in advocacy on behalf of public education are invited to join the LWVODC Public Education Action Team.
Monthly Meeting: The Education Action Team meets the first Monday of every month at 1 pm.New members are welcome. Check the website Calendar to find the location of the meeting. Join us to discuss upcoming plans and educational issues.Calendar to find the location of the meeting. Join us to discuss upcoming plans and educational issues. Contact PublicEducation@lwvodc.org for more information.
What's new in NC Education news:
Recent Resources and Documents
Links to Media
About the March 3, 2020 Primary Election:
Among the state offices on the general election ballot in November 2020 is the Superintendent of Public Instruction(DPI). The NC Superintendent of Public Instruction is a member of the Council of State in the executive branch of North Carolina State Government. He or she oversees the Department of Public Instruction and is elected for a 4 year term. Several candidates have expressed an intention to run for this office. The incumbent, Mark Johnson, is not seeking re-election. The filing deadline for this election is December 20, 2019. Party primaries will be held on March 3, 2020.
Links to articles on the DPI candidates and their policy preferences:
Links to articles about other Public Education issues
- 5/10/19 Expansion of Vouchers and Virtual Charter Schools continues with no evidence they are performing well. Public School Forum of NC, by Lindsay Wagner
- 6/26/19 "A compromise budget that fails to ensure a sound basic education for every child"<+>https://www.ncforum.org/a-compromise-budget-that-fails-to-ensure-a-sound-basic-education-for-every-child/. Public School Forum of NC
- 9/06/19 "NC School Performance Grades need a redesign. "A still stands for Affluent. Public School Forum of NC, by Linsay Wagner
- 9/12/19 Durham school fights take over by the state (Innovative School District) and wins. A tale of two schools: One, taken over by the state, struggles. Another, controlled by locals, rebounds. NC Policy Watch, by Greg Childress
- 10/10/19 Why charter schools need government oversight. Forbes, by Peter Greene
- 10/13/19 Upcoming Supreme Court Decision (Espinoza vs Montana Dept of Revenue) could allow more government money to flow to private religious schools. The Atlantic, by Emma Green
- 10/15/19 Supporters of Public Schools met in Raleigh to make their case against the empty promises of the state's privatization movement. NC Policy Watch, by Rob Schofield
- 11/19/19 After years of academic struggles, Durham schools celebrate new success. WRAL, by Kelly Hinchcliff and Lena Tillett
- 10/23/19 After nearly 9 months of deliberation still no budget that appropriately funds 1.5 million children in NC Schools. NC Watch, by Billy Ball
- 05/01/18 LWV Lower Cape Fear Voucher Study Press Release
Resource Information and Materials
NC FUNDING & SCHOOL BUDGET INFORMATION
Offical NC Publications
North Carolina Budget Highlights 2017-2019
Local Public School Districts:
- Americans United for Separation of Church and State
- Public schools are a unifying force in our society. They are open to all students regardless of race, ability or religion.
- No students should feel excluded in their own school because of their beliefs, and no parent should have to worry that their children are being given religious instruction in a public school. It is also wrong for anyone's tax dollars to be used to support religious education through private school vouchers.
- Americans United fights to ensure that all public schools are inclusive and that taxpayer dollars are not diverted to private schools. We do this by opposing vouchers, school-sponsored prayer and religious instruction.
- NC Council of Churches
- he Council of Churches is a statewide ecumenical organization promoting Christian unity and working towards a more just society.
- The Council of Churches is a statewide ecumenical organization promoting Christian unity and working towards a more just society.
- The Council enables denominations, congregations, and people of faith to impact our state on issues such as economic justice and development, human well-being, equality, compassion and peace, following the example and mission of Jesus Christ.
- NC Council of Churches policy statement on Public Schools
- Public Schools First
- Supports public schools through information, education and engagement.
- Sends legislative updates, provides information on the status of bills and how they would affect public schools in North Carolina. Sign up for email updates.
- NC Chatham Education Foundation Orgainization Chatham Education Foundation strengthens communities in Chatham County, NC by partnering with community residents, businesses, and foundations to improve education opportunities for public school students. Their mission is to open doors to educational and personal growth for all students in Chatham County Schools (CCS). Their vision is to maximize community investment in the CCS district to support the success of self-sustaining graduates committed to both life-long learning and to their community.
- North Carolina Justice Center
The NC Justice Center is a multi-issue organization. One of those issues is Financing Education in North Carolina.
Its Home Page states: "The North Carolina Justice Center is the state's leading research and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming North Carolina's prosperity into opportunity for all. Our mission is to eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household in the state has access to the resources, services and fair treatment it needs in order to enjoy economic security. © 2016 The NC Justice Center"
- NC Policy Watch Education
News and commentary on public policies in NC.
- Communities in Schools North Carolina
CISNC is an independently incorporated not-for-profit organization whose mission is: To champion the connection of needed community resources with schools and other sites to help young people successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life.
- North Carolina Association of Educators
Association of more than 70,000 active and retired educators whose mission is: maximize the effectiveness of the public school system in educating all children.
- North Carolina Association of School Administrators
NCASA is an umbrella organization for school administrators with the mission: insuring quality-learning experiences for all students through visionary and effective leadership.
- North Carolina Business Committee For Education
Partnered with Governor Easley's Center for 21st Century Skills, the NCBCE is an organization committed to: changing North Carolina's education system to ensure that students leave school better prepared to succeed in the global economy.
- North Carolina PTA
The North Carolina PTA is an organization for parents and teachers whose mission is to: support and speak on the behalf of children in the schools, help parents develop skills to raise and protect their children, and to encourage parent and public involvement.
- North Carolina School Boards Association
The mission of the North Carolina School Boards Association, as an advocate for public school education, is to provide leadership and services that enable local boards of education to govern effectively.
- Public School Forum of North Carolina
For those looking for a resource that is comprehensive in presenting and analyzing past, current and emergent issues in public education, we recommend you begin with the Public School Forum of North Carolina website.
As noted in their overview, since 1986, the Forum has served as a nonpartisan advocate for better schools, bringing together people from business, education and government to study education issues, develop ideas, seek consensus and ultimately inform and shape education policy.
The work of the Forum is highly respected and includes promoting sound research and analysis, framing ideas and issues, providing policy options, and finding nonpartisan common ground for consensus-based education policy making. The site is robust and includes a range of publications, access to weekly briefs, program information and helpful links. For those seeking to understand current issues, we direct you toward: Policy Briefs and Research Publications, Top Ten Educational Issues, Policymakers' Education Prime and Local School Finance Study among just a few of available resources.