Topic: Inequity in School Funding

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 wealth counties to fund local supplemental pay to attract and retain teachers. We talk to the study’s lead, plus two NC school superintendents, about how funding affects educational opportunity in their communities.

Guests:

Lauren Fox, Senior Director of Policy, Public School Forum of NC

Dr. Tim Markley, Superintendent, New Hanover County Schools

Dr. Valerie Bridges, Superintendent, Edgecombe County Public Schools

RESOURCES

EdLines

Million going unspent in NC voucher program
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/education/article225933910.html

New push for school calendar flexibility
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article226277690.html

Lawmakers seek more SROs, increased mental health funding
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article226258480.html

Interview Segments

2019 Local School Finance Study
http://www.ncforum.org/download/29096/

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