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A welcome new contributor to the debate

Public Schools FirstThere’s some excellent news this morning on the public education front in North Carolina: the emergence of a new and powerful voice for public schools.  Public Schools First NC, a new statewide, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy group committed to high-quality public schools for North Carolina, has formed out of deep concern about the growing threat to privatize and weaken North Carolina’s public schools. Despite the fact that most North Carolinians regard public education as the foundation of North Carolina’s economic future and our best investment, public school funding has declined year after year and our children are bearing the brunt.

Public Schools First NC supports:

• Adequate, equitable funding reflecting at least the national average for each of North Carolina’s 115 school districts.

• Increased funding for pre-school, because research demonstrates that high quality, early childhood education is a wise investment for communities and has lifelong, positive results for children.

• Excellent educational environments that are partnerships between schools, families, teachers and the community.

• Programs that encourage the retention of professional experienced teachers.

• A limited number of truly innovative charter schools designed to work with local school districts, managed with careful local and state oversight.

• A broad education—including literature, mathematics, the arts, history, civics, science, foreign languages, physical education, vocational education and new technological innovations—that allows students to thrive in a challenging, changing, and competitive global economy.

Public Schools First NC opposes:

• Vouchers, tax credits, education savings accounts or other similar plans that take resources from our public schools—with little public oversight and even less evidence of success for students.

• Overuse and misuse of high stakes testing. Time and resources should be spent on hands on learning, creative problem solving, and a holistic curriculum. Test scores should not be used to punitively grade schools or evaluate teachers but as one of many tools that inform instruction.

• Educational “strategies” that ignore the impact of poverty on student success and blame teachers and schools. We will hold our elected officials accountable for addressing the growing rates of childhood poverty in North Carolina.

Public Schools First NC (PSFNC) is a group of citizens, parents, teachers, businesses and organizations joining together to advocate for a first-rate public education system for all North Carolinians. To learn more visit: publicschoolsfirstnc.org or call (919-576-0655).

3 Comments

  1. Doug

    February 4, 2013 at 9:03 am

    And this group is non-partisan how. These positions are just the same old same old taht has gotten us into the mess we are in now. I am particularly disturbed that they oppose the online learning resources that are out there. This is the future of education, especially in the rurual areas like I grew up in where it is impossible to get more advanced classes since there are a limited number of students that would be in advanced classes. And of course they oppose any measure of how the student or teacher is progressing. Of course the educrat lobby wants no responsibility but ever increasing dollars that go to failed programs or more administrators. This organization is just more of the same old same old views that come from the established admininstrators in the government schools.

    Now there is one thing I aree with in their supported policies. The broad education policy is the one sound thing to support. We need to have a track for people to be trained for a vocation. This is what is lacking in our schools now….not everyone needs to take the SAT and go on a college track, why waste time on that if it is not going to be used? Get the basics of math, reading, writing, add in a vocational track, and add in some classes on personal finance so the people know how to balance a checkbook and save or spend wisely.

  2. love my state

    February 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Hooray!! Let’s hope they can turn the tide. It’s shameful the way the republicans have been treating education in this state.

  3. david esmay

    February 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Doug if what you assert is true, then why do states in the upper mid-west like Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, states with large rural populations consistently rank among the best educational systems in the country? The reason is funding for public education is important in these states. I went to a very rural school in a county with a population of about 10,000. We had a well funded, excellent educational program. 80% of my class of 44 went on to college.