RALEIGH, NC (August 7, 2014) – The Public School Forum of North Carolina is pleased to announce it has received $555,000 in new grant funding, as well as $64,000 of in-kind support, to support the group’s education research and policy work aimed at shaping world-class public schools in North Carolina.

The new grants include:

• Burroughs Wellcome Fund               $450,000
• Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation       $80,000
• IBM                                                              $64,000 (in-kind)
• GSK Corporation                                   $25,000

“These investments will support our efforts to connect people from business, education and government, drive consensus-based education policy and shape world-class public schools in North Carolina,” said Keith Poston, President and Executive Director, Public School Forum of North Carolina. “We are extremely grateful to receive this support from these organizations, true public education champions in their own right, particularly at a time when finding nonpartisan common ground in education policy is more important than ever before.”

About the Public School Forum of North Carolina
For nearly 30 years, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has worked to shape world-class public schools that inspire and support all children and drive a vibrant North Carolina economy through research, policy work, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers. Our focus areas are teaching and school leadership; expanded learning through programs after-school and beyond the classroom; educational achievement and innovation; and school finance. The Forum also leads the Institute for Educational Policymakers, which focuses on developing passionate education leaders and promoting sound education policy through continuous learning and issue forums for elected officials and candidates for state and local offices. For more information, follow us on Twitter @theNCForum and visit our web site at http://www.ncforum.org/

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