How does race affects student outcomes in North Carolina? Does race correlate with educational opportunity in ways that diminish the likelihood of success for students of color? We explore this week with three experts.


Donovan Livingston
PhD Candidate and Asst. Director for Tutoring Services

James E. Ford
Program Director
Public School Forum of NC

Dr. Rodney Trice
Assistant Superintendent for Equity Affairs
Wake County Public School System



Experts weigh in on principal pay

NC allows 19 struggling schools to operate more like charters

Dr. June Atkinson farewell

Interview segments

Donovan Livingston’s Complete Harvard Commencement Address

Public School Forum 16th Study Group on Expanding Educational Opportunity Committee on Racial Equity


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Education Matters – Black Teachers Matter

Topic: Black Teachers Matter Does having at least one black teacher make it less likely a black student will drop out of school and more likely to go to college? New research on North Carolina students says yes. We also discuss discipline disparities for students of...

Education Matters – School Takeover Plan Meets Resistance

Topic: School Takeover Plan Meets Resistance The NC Innovative School District, created by the General Assembly in 2016, is set to begin taking over some low-performing schools across the state and turn them over to charter school operators. However, the plan is...

Education Matters – Principal Pay

Topic: Principal Pay Last year average pay for principals in North Carolina ranked 50th nationally. The General Assembly responded with $35 million in pay raises for school-based administrators and a new principal pay plan. That plan is now generating concerns that...

Education Matters – Meet the 2017 NC Teacher of the Year + NAACP Education Forum Preview

This week we meet Lisa Godwin, the 2017 NC Teacher of the Year from Onslow County. Plus we preview the upcoming NAACP Education Forum with NC NAACP Executive Director Dr. Terrance Ruth and retired educator Dr. Dudley Flood. Guests Include: Lisa Godwin, 2017 NC Teacher...

Education Matters – Class Size Mandate

Topic:  Class Size Mandate We discuss new K-3 class size mandates from the General Assembly and the dramatic impact they are already having on schools this year, as well as what it may look like next year without legislative action. Guests: Jazzmone Sutton, Music...

Education Matters – One-on-One with UNC President Margaret Spellings

Topic:  One-on-one with UNC President Margaret Spellings UNC President Margaret Spellings discusses Charlottesville and Silent Sam, her first year on the job, college affordability, UNC’s state support, teacher preparation and more Guests include: Margaret Spellings,...

Education Matters – A Closer Look at the NC Innovative School District & New Teacher Pay Pilots

Topic:  Closer Look: NC Innovative School District & New Teacher Pay Pilots The new – and controversial – NC Innovative School District, formerly known as the Achievement School District, is slated to begin taking over some of the state’s lowest performing public...

Education Matters – A New Direction for Leandro Case

Topic:  A New Direction for Leandro Case The now 20-year old landmark Leandro case on education quality and equity in North Carolina’s public schools just took a surprising new turn. We talk with Melanie Black Dubis, lead counsel for the plaintiff school districts. We...

Education Matters – Should Large NC School Districts Be Broken Up?

House Bill 704 passed by the NC General Assembly in June sets up a study committee to explore breaking up large school districts -- Wake and Mecklenburg are the state’s two largest ones. Critics of the bill say it could lead to re-segregation of our public schools. We...

Education Matters – Retiree Health Benefits Elimination

The budget just passed by the NC General Assembly eliminates retiree health benefits for teachers and all state employees hired after January 2021. What will be the impact of this major change in state employee benefits? Guests: Richard Rogers, Executive Director, NC...
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