RALEIGH NC (August 11, 2016) – The Public School Forum of North Carolina is launching a new weekly television program beginning October 2, 2016 on WRAL-TV, the NBC affiliate in the Raleigh-Durham/Fayetteville market. The program, Education Matters, aims to provide the public with real facts about the state of public education in North Carolina. The weekly television show will explore everything from the history of public education to the impact of legislation and policy decisions on our public schools.

Education Matters will premiere Sunday, October 2nd at 11:30 AM on WRAL-TV. The program will move to its permanent time slot, Saturdays at 7:30 PM, beginning November 26, 2016, where it will follow established WRAL-TV franchise On the Record with David Crabtree. The program will also be available online on http://www.wral.com/ and https://www.ncforum.org/. The program will be hosted by Keith Poston, President & Executive Director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina

With this show we want 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 and ethnic 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.”

Vice President and General Manager of WRAL-TV and FOX 50, Steven D. Hammel added, “The mission of Education Matters is critical to this community, this state, and as such, to our viewers.  We hope by airing Education Matters, the program will raise the level of discourse to help students all across the state of North Carolina.”

WRAL-TV is in the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville Designated Market Area (DMA), the 25th largest DMA in the nation and the 2nd largest DMA in North Carolina. Raleigh-Durham is home to over 2.7 million residents and more than 1.1 million TV households.

About the Public School Forum of North Carolina

Since 1986, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has been an indispensable and nonpartisan champion of better schools and the most trusted source in the state for research and analysis on vital education issues. We bring together leaders from business, education and government to study education issues, develop ideas, seek consensus, and ultimately inform and shape education policy. We do that through research, policy work, innovative programs, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers. Follow us on Twitter @theNCForum and visit our website at https://www.ncforum.org/


Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TVWRAL DigitalWRAZ-TVWRAZ DigitalWRAL-FM,WRAL-HD2WCMC-FMWCMC-HD1,WDNC-AMWCMC-HD2WCMC-HD3,WCLY-AMWCMC-HD4MicrospaceCBC New Media Group and Wolfpack Sports Properties (a joint venture with Learfield Sports) in Raleigh, NC; WILM-TV and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC; The Durham Bulls Baseball Club in Durham, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Project and Diamond View office buildings in Durham, NC.



For More Information:

Keith Poston
Public School Forum of NC
919-781-6833 x105                        

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