A Weekly Look at the Real Stories and Real People in Education Across North Carolina
Nominate a Leader to be Featured in Education Matters
Do you know a leader in your community supporting our schools and making a difference in the lives of children both in and out of school? We are seeking nominations for individuals to be highlighted in our Leadership Spotlight segment. Nominees could be principals, superintendents, teachers, teacher assistants, guidance counselors, parents, students, business leaders, community volunteers, afterschool providers, and more.
Previously on Education Matters
Topic: Overhauling Public School Funding A legislative task force created by the General Assembly in 2017 is considering overhauling the way North Carolina funds public schools. This week we talk with the co-chairs of that task force, Senator Michael Lee from New...read more
Topic: Should NC break up large school districts? The General Assembly is exploring breaking up the state’s largest school districts. At the same time, a bill introduced last year would allow two communities outside Charlotte to create a system of separate public...read more
Topic: Spotlight on NC School of Science & Mathematics and NC Lab Schools One is a brand new partnership between our state university teacher prep programs and K-12 public schools, while the other started in 1980 in Durham, but is now expanding to Western NC. This...read more
How to Watch Education Matters
- Saturday at 7:30 PM, WRAL-TV (Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville)
- Sunday at 8:00 AM, FOX 50 (Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville)
- Sunday at 6:30 AM and Wednesday at 9:30 AM, UNC-TV’s North Carolina Channel (Statewide).
- The North Carolina Channel can be found on Time Warner Cable/Spectrum Channel 1277
You can now also listen to Education Matters as a Podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, PodBean, Overcast and Google Play Music.
Become a Show Sponsor
Education Matters is hosted by Public School Forum President & Executive Director Keith Poston. The 30-minute program will air about 40 times each year on:
- WRAL-TV – Saturdays at 7:30 pm. The program follows established WRAL franchise On the Record with David Crabtree.
- UNC-TV’s NC Channel – Sundays at 6:30 am and Wednesdays at 9:30 am
- FOX 50 – Sundays at 8:00 AM
On each episode of Education Matters, there are two types of sponsorship opportunities – commercials and in-show segment sponsorships. As commitments are received, sponsors and spots will be added to the show schedule. Every effort will be made to accommodate air date preferences. Prices range from $200 – $10,000, with custom sponsorship opportunities available.
About Education Matters
“The very issue of education, as well as, the teaching profession, rarely receive the coverage deserved and this show is an attempt to move the issue to the forefront. Our schools, our students, our teachers, our legislators, and communities can all benefit from your efforts. As a retiree as well as fourth generation NC educator I send you my sincerest thanks. Keep up the good work.”
Education Matters aims to provide the public with real facts about the state of public education in North Carolina. The weekly television show explores everything from the history of public education to the impact of legislation and policy decisions on our public schools. The program is hosted by Keith Poston, President and Executive Director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.
“With this show we try to get away from a traditional he said/she said format, having two pundits on either side of an issue highlighting opposing extremes,” said Poston. “Education Matters will be an opportunity for viewers to hear directly from subject-matter experts and real front-line educators as they navigate everything from funding challenges, teacher recruitment, and the impact of poverty on student learning, to testing, academic standards, and the major racial shifts in the student population.”
“One of our primary goals is to help the public understand how education policy plays out in our schools, and what kind of impact these policies are having on our students and teachers,” said Poston. “Education Matters” will provide a window into the classroom that is often lacking from typical media coverage or political debates.”