Registration Open for 2018 Candidate Education Policy Briefings

All candidates for office and current elected officials in North Carolina are invited to join the Public School Forum for one of four Candidate Education Policy Briefings held across the state for a balanced discussion of the background and research…

New Tool to Support LEAs to Include Early Learning in ESSA Plans

We have a new tool to support North Carolina Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to incorporate early learning in their district plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The tool includes screenshots of information required in the online system (CCIP)…

Communities Keep Saying Yes to Fund Early Learning

Eighty-three percent of Portland, Oregon voters recently reauthorized a property tax increase to support programs to address the achievement gap for children of color.   That’s just the headline in a case study we published about the Portland Children’s Levy.  The…

Permanent Tax Cap Would Limit Future Investment in Early Childhood

A constitutional amendment passed by the NC Senate and currently being considered by the NC House would restrict future state revenue, limiting the funding available for investments in the state, including in early childhood. The amendment—to cap the income tax…

Proposed Bill Would Go Big for Early Childhood

A bill proposed in the NC General Assembly this session would provide a consistent, increased base of funding for North Carolina’s birth-through-eight early learning system. Senate Bill 726, entitled Go Big for Early Childhood, would substantially increase the state’s investment…

New Law Encourages NC Districts to Focus on Attendance

The NC General Assembly passed a bill last week encouraging school districts to adopt student attendance recognition programs to “promote student attendance in school and participation in class as an integral part of academic achievement and the learning process.”  The…

myFuture NC: Start early to finish strong

By Cyndi Soter-O’Neil My children are still in elementary and middle school, but we’ve been discussing college plans with them since they were old enough to hold a board book in their chubby little hands. While it may sound ridiculous…