Public Education Action Team

Public Education Action Team

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What's New I Resources I Organizations I Background Information

Team Leaders and Mission

 
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.
 

Meetings

Monthly Meeting: The Education Action Team meets the first Monday of every month from 1:00pm - 2:30pm. Check the website Calendar for date and location of our meetings. New members are welcome.  
 

Watch the video of the March 15, 2020 Facebook Live Forum: The Future of Public Education in NC and the Impact of the Leandro Report

The Leandro Case, decided by the NC Supreme Court in 1997 sought equal per-pupil public education funding.  The Court held that the state constitution's right to education “is a right to a sound basic education.” The 2019 WestEd report is a step toward implementation of the Leandro Decision.  The report by an independent consultant for the judge, who now presides over the case, makes recommendations for how NC can meet the mandates of the Leandro case.
 
 

What's New in NC Education News

Election for NC Superintendent of Public Instruction, Nov 3

The Election for Superintendent of Public Instruction for NC will take place as part of the general election on Nov. 3.  There are two candidates. Some links to information about each is provided below.  Please pay attention to their priorities and qualifications and VOTE on Nov 3.

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Links to Media

  • EdNC As we cope with the effects of school closures due to the Covid_19 pandemic, jorunalists at EdNC provide current news and perspectives on education in North Carolina 

Recent Resources and Documents

Articles about Public Education Issues

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Resource Information and Materials

Offical NC Publication

Local Public School Districts

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ORGANIZATIONS

    • 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.
    • The 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.
    • 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 Organization 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.

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Background Information

League to which this content belongs: 
Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties, Inc.