During this week and next, as state lawmakers return to Raleigh for the 2018 legislative session, we hope you will continue reading our special series “Policy Prescriptions” researched and written by A. J. Fletcher Foundation Fellow Samone Oates-Bullock. Prescription #1 addressed food insecurity in North Carolina. Prescription #2 took on the issue of early childhood investments.
This is from today’s installment, “Show us the money: Funding schools fairly and adequately.”
“While money alone is not enough to solve the issues of adequacy and equity in education, it still plays a critical role in moving the needle. Today, there remain huge gaps in public school funding between North Carolina’s wealthiest and most vulnerable counties. As a result, children attending schools in wealthier counties often have access to better facilities and instructional materials, more experienced teachers, and a variety of other critical resources. Addressing funding disparities would be another big step in improving educational outcomes for all of North Carolina’s students….”