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: The New NC Teaching Fellows Program The original NC Teaching Fellows Program was eliminated by the General Assembly in 2011. This year legislators created a new version of the forgivable loan program targeting STEM and special education teachers. We talk with...read more
Topic: Childhood Trauma & Learning Studies show that children who regularly experience trauma score lower than their peers on standardized tests are more likely to fail a grade, are placed in special education more frequently and are more likely to be suspended and...read more
Topic: Voucher School Controversy Trinity Christian School in Fayetteville has received more taxpayer dollars via the state’s private school voucher program than any other school in the state. It’s also home to an embezzlement scandal involving a teacher who runs the...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 1276
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 8:30 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.”