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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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Parental school choice, the past is prologue

Earlier this month, applications opened for two of North Carolina’s three private school scholarship programs. Parents of thousands of low-income...

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What I learned: The importance of connections beyond the classroom

The first few years of my teaching career were spent teaching next door to a Kenan Fellow. Anytime I was...

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Getting help for children with complex needs

Many children with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) also have mental health disorders. Studies show that more than two-thirds of...

 

myFutureNC to host statewide listening sessions

Raleigh, NC – February 27, 2018 – myFutureNC, a statewide education commission focusing on educational attainment for all North Carolinians,...

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Introducing: myFutureNC blog series

Most North Carolinians would likely agree that, in our 21st century economy, postsecondary education is essential to landing a job...

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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mCLASS: The case for consistency

Over the span of our collective years in education, we have heard many times that it takes a minimum of...

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Educator preparation commission updates

Changes are on the horizon for K-12 teacher licensing and preparation in North Carolina as the new Professional Educator Preparation...

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Pitt County students compete in robotics competitions

Sunday afternoons for the students of Pitt County Robotics are anything but lazy. Walk into the workshop attached to C.M....

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What I learned: When teachers become leaders, education wins

As a member of the current cohort of Kenan Fellows, the door to new leadership possibilities has been opened for...

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Monday, February 26, 2018

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The role of community colleges in North Carolina education

—  North Carolina has 58 community colleges — About 60 percent of degree-seeking students in community colleges are women —...

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools report shows links between race, poverty, and student achievement

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is ready to “draw a line in the sand” to address gaps in equity, as a new report...

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What I learned: What it takes to be a teacher leader in North Carolina

Much can be said about the value of professional development, regardless of the profession. One of the most dynamic aspects...

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An open letter to North Carolina’s school safety committee

My first year teaching was the same year the Sandy Hook massacre occurred. I was teaching in a public elementary...

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Education Matters – Technology and personalized learning

This week we visit two elementary schools – Rogers Lane Elementary in Wake County and Perry Harrison Elementary in Chatham...

 

Future Now announces 18 North Carolina candidates, legislators have signed groundbreaking “America’s Goals’ pledge

RALEIGH, NC – February 23, 2018 – Today, Future Now is announcing the 18 legislators and candidates in North Carolina...

 

Earthwatch: Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge

Last summer, a group of six teachers from across the country participated in the Earthwatch Expedition: Climate Change at the Arctic’s...

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Advising leads to more engaged community college students

Over the last four months, our Reach NC Voices team traveled the state with the goal of visiting all 58 community...

 

Agreement reached to address discriminatory discipline in Durham Public Schools

DURHAM | Feb. 22, 2018 – Federal officials in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will monitor...

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Friday, February 23, 2018

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Our need for goals, governance, accountability…and coffee

By my count, we have more than 10 state-level commissions working on education issues: myFutureNC, the Governor’s Commission on providing...

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Recognizing journalism: EdNC wins NC Press Association awards

When I made the career move from law to journalism, more than a few people questioned the wisdom of my...

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Grappling with teachers’ roles in an era of shootings

Two days after the Valentine’s Day/Ash Wednesday shootings that left 14 students and three adults dead in a Florida public...

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Finance reform task force talks charter funding

The balance between flexibility and accountability is part of a statewide debate around funding, oversight, and autonomy for charter and...

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Finding inspiration again through teacher leadership

As a young child I was always taught the famous proverb: If you love your job, you will never work...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Who’s ready to Spring into STEM for 2018?

Twice a month the NC STEM Center provides an e-update on what’s happening in STEM, and their latest edition is now available.

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Three opportunities for NC legislators from the 2018 Child Health Report Card

We’ve covered the good news and the failing grades in this week’s blog series on the Child Health Report Card—now we report on the opportunities for...

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

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History, hospitality, and humor in Bahrain

History. Hospitality. Humor. Three words that describe the Kingdom of Bahrain. An archipelago off of Saudi Arabia, the country is...

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Commission under way to study splitting up school districts

At the request of the legislature, a study is underway on whether larger local school districts across the state should...

 

myFutureNC: Northwest Region

EducationNC is teaming up with the myFutureNC Commission, and we want to hear from you! The commission is a new,...

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Hundreds of Triangle students and adults march for gun control

Cary High School sophomore Isabel Boston discovered political activism in English class. Boston said her teacher, Gail Stevens, inspired her...

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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The Belk Foundation brings leaders together, fostering civic dialogue and innovation

Last night, The Belk Foundation convened education leaders in Raleigh from school districts, nonprofits, state government, and philanthropy to think...

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Governor’s education commission looks at school funding

Orange County spends more per student locally than the seven counties that spend the least per-student in the state combined,...

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The state of education in North Carolina and the nation

  Jeremy Anderson with the Education Commission of the States says there are some great things happening in education in...

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Truly open education will require sweeping changes

For too long, we’ve relied on standardization to produce results. An open education system would make us think differently. It...

 

Speaker names school safety committee members

Shelby, N.C. – Appointments to the state House Select Committee on School Safety were announced by Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) Tuesday...

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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N.C. State’s acclaimed principal program assesses candidate character

Walking the halls of Clayton High School on a Saturday in January was a young man in a janitor’s uniform,...

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The fiscal externalities of charter schools: Evidence from North Carolina

A significant criticism of the charter school movement is that funding for charter schools diverts money away from traditional public...

 

myFutureNC: Triad Region

EducationNC is teaming up with the myFutureNC Commission, and we want to hear from you! The commission is a new,...

 

Kenan Fellows Program Teacher Leadership Journal announces new submission guidelines

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 19, 2018) ― The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership is pleased to announce it has revised its...

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An open letter reflecting on school violence

I stood in my local grocery store counting copies of The Charlotte Observer. “One to send my parents in Florida,”...

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Monday, February 19, 2018

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Changes could speed up teacher licensing

The State Department of Education is trying to make it easier—and faster—for teachers to receive their licenses to work in...

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Why I stayed: Lessons from one teacher’s journey on beginning teacher retention

In my seven years as a teacher, I have considered leaving the profession on numerous occasions. My recent 30th birthday...

 

Register for Research Triangle High School personalized learning showcase workshops

School Leaders and Teachers, Would you and your teachers like to understand Personalized Learning and learn how to implement it...

 

NC Superintendent statement on school safety

School leaders: Columbine, Virginia Tech, others – and now Parkland, Fla. As a society, we must find long-term solutions. As...

 

Governor Cooper names early childhood advisory council

RALEIGH: Governor Cooper reaffirmed his commitment to making quality early learning and development a priority today by naming experts to...

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Class size relief is welcome, but tough choices still loom

The class size reduction compromise passed by the General Assembly this week is a mixed bag for local school districts....

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Friday, February 16, 2018

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No Kid Hungry frames school meals as instructional intervention

For the almost 400,000 students across North Carolina who eat school breakfast, it is far more than a meal; it provides...

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Post-recession dynamics reshape the Tar Heel state

As my family prepared to move to North Carolina in 1972, I read the standard analyses of the state that...

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What is the right number of school nurses for North Carolina?

Principal Traci Horton, from Burlington’s Grove Park Elementary School, used to work in a school that only had a half-time...

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myFutureNC continues its work: Changes will drive change

UNC System President Margaret Spellings posed this question to the members of the My Future NC commission: “What changes do...

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State Board of Education makes its case to be let out of Leandro lawsuit

Judge David Lee heard arguments from attorneys for the State Board of Education on why they think they should no...

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BEST NC releases report, video on transforming principal preparation

School principals are critical to student success. A full quarter of a school’s impact on student learning can be directly...

 

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina announces departure of founding President Darrell Allison

Raleigh (February 15, 2018) – Today, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) announced that founding President Darrell Allison will...

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

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More NC school districts must take steps to embrace teacher voice

“Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented” said Elie Wiesel in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, referring to the consequences...

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Governor Cooper will let class size bill become law

Governor Roy Cooper announced at a press conference this afternoon that he will allow to become law the bill that...

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Education’s newest ‘innovation’ in poor schools is just moving chairs on the Titanic

It didn’t work in Louisiana, Tennessee, or Michigan – taking local control from low-performing school districts and creating special “turnaround”...

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On WFAE’s Charlotte Talks: Reporter Liz Bell joins CMS reporters for education update

EducationNC reporter Liz Bell on Tuesday joined Charlotte Observer reporter Ann Doss Helms, WBTV reporter Dedrick Russell, and WFAE reporter...

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Class size fix passes House

The state House voted to approve a bill solving the class size crisis that has been the focus of controversy, conflict,...

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Wake County teachers dance their way through drop-off

Watch as teachers at Willow Springs Elementary School dance their way through the carpool line.  Credit: Wake County Public Schools

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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EdNC hosts conversation on racial equity and education in Charlotte

On Monday night, teachers, administrators and other community members gathered at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte...

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District C connects businesses to high schoolers, hopes to create talent pipeline across state

“What is the problem that we think is most critical in education right now?” Dan Gonzalez asks. “It’s that we’re...

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Education Matters — Investing early in our future

We talk with leaders from across North Carolina who gathered in Raleigh this week for the 2018 Emerging Issues Forum....

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Monday, February 12, 2018

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NC teacher Bobbie Cavnar wins national award for teaching, leading, fighting for students

Bobbie Cavnar teaches English at South Point High School in Belmont. In 2016-17, he was the North Carolina Teacher of...

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Do North Carolina schools have enough nurses?

In this episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with Rose Hoban, founder and reporter for North Carolina Health News....

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Class size proposal passes Senate

A Republican proposal to fix the class-size mandates that have put some districts on edge passed the full Senate 37-5...

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Friday, February 9, 2018

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NC is No. 1 in top teachers, but it needs more of them

This is the time of year when North Carolinians pay a lot of attention to national rankings – especially in...

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Tale of two West Side stories: West Mecklenburg High underappreciated

When you Google the school where I teach, you’ll be met with negative headlines that make you wonder what exactly...

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School nurses’ new roles reflect complex health needs of state’s students

This story originally appeared in North Carolina Health News and is shared by EdNC through a content-sharing agreement with nonprofit news organizations...

 

Equity to Education: Durham Audience response

On February 7th, EducationNC held a film screening and conversation around racial equity in education in Durham. We asked those...

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Fix for K-3 class size issue heading to House and Senate floors

Updated: 6:36 p.m. Lawmakers passed a bill that includes a plan to fix the state’s K-3 class-size issue at today’s...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Girls Go CyberStart coming to North Carolina

Twice a month the NC STEM Center provides an e-update on what’s happening in STEM, and their latest edition is now available.

 

Regional Wells Fargo Principals of the Year named

Eight outstanding public school principals have been selected as regional Wells Fargo North Carolina Principals of the Year and will...

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

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The class size debate: 5 important findings from research

Teachers, parents, and district leaders are passionate about mandated class size reductions slated to take effect next school year. Reducing class sizes is...

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The story of this Charlotte high school tells a larger tale

Pamela Grundy’s Color & Character: West Charlotte High and the American Struggle over Educational Equality illustrates how complex national issues and deeply entrenched...

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State Supreme Court hears arguments in State Board battle against Superintendent

North Carolina is one step closer to a decision about who is ultimately in charge of the public education of...

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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NC Supreme Court to hear battle for control of public education today

Today the state Supreme Court will hear from lawyers for the state, the State Board of Education and Superintendent Mark...

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When teachers leave midyear, instructional teacher-leadership keeps classes strong

MCL Whelan: Is there a specific part of the Opportunity Culture model that stands out to you? Principal Jordan-Thomas: I...

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Faith leaders discuss role in early childhood education at IEI’s faith leaders event

Five years ago, the leadership of Jackie Whitefield’s church in Concord closed a 40-year-old preschool. In September, she recalled, the...

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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Political, nonprofit, and business leaders discuss early childhood development at IEI forum

For Heather Bain, the phrases “whole child” and “skills gap” are more than education policy jargon. As a coach for...

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NC Schools in limbo between textbook shortages and promises of a digital future

Inside a fifth grade class at Wiley Elementary in Greensboro, Scott Van Newkirk is leading a lightning round of questions about a...

 

Equity Meets Education: Durham leaders share on-the-ground work

As part of the short film series Equity Meets Education, EducationNC spoke with leaders in the educational equity space. In...

 

Can nudges improve our education system?

My most recent energy bill left me feeling smug. Duke Energy told me I used less energy last month than...

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Education Matters — Future of education in the American South

A new report out this week says that while North Carolina and other Southern states made major advances in education...

 

Finding us on Facebook

Thank you for being with us for more than three years. We appreciate you tuning in and engaging with our...

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The fate of education in the South

New report calls for increased commitment from Southern states for improving education 74 percent of Southern voters see differences in...

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Education and the professional glass ceiling

I remember when I got my first full-time job as a teacher and the feeling I felt when I knew...

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Lessons from across the state: Life happens, be brave

One of the privileges of working with EducationNC is the opportunity to travel across the state to meet our fellow...

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Monday, February 5, 2018

 

The benefits of afterschool programs: A conversation with Deborah Lowe Vandell

Deborah Lowe Vandell is a prolific researcher and advocate for investing in children. So far, she has published more than...

 

New mascot, student contest launch summer nutrition programs

Members of the State Board of Education were treated to a debut appearance today by “Ray,” a mascot designed by...

 

State Board OKs new grant effort for digital teaching and learning

Digital teaching and learning in North Carolina’s public schools will benefit from a second round of competitive grants approved Thursday...

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Perspective

Teacher pay debate deserves more than a flare-up

On the scale of political controversies, the recent squabble over the pay of teachers rates as a standard-issue state capital...

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The teacher wars: a history of America’s most embattled profession

President Theodore Roosevelt is credited with saying, “The more you know about the past the better prepared you are for...

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State Board anticipates budget cuts, talks ESSA plan and teacher licensure

The State Board of Education emerged from its monthly meeting with an array of tasks: a Department of Public Instruction...

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EdNC’s Laura Lee selected for ONA’s 2018 Women’s Leadership Accelerator

EdNC’s Content Director and Managing Editor Laura Lee is one of 25 women selected for the Online News Association’s Women’s...

 

‘Equity Meets Education’ Charlotte screening and conversation on Feb. 12

EducationNC is hosting a screening of the short film series ‘Equity Meets Education’ on Monday, Feb. 12 at the Levine...

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Filings in Leandro: Plaintiffs respond to State Board’s motion for relief

Plaintiffs and intervenors in the landmark Leandro v. State case filed motions this week in opposition to the State Board’s...

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

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Superintendent Mark Johnson sends out message to teachers, seeks input on post-secondary options

Superintendent Mark Johnson sent out a new video message to state teachers this week. In it, he identifies his goals...

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Teaching for America: Life in the struggle for ‘one day’

Teaching, at its best, is the most noble of all professions. While all teachers aren’t made of the same stuff...

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Local, state education leaders make the case for more flexibility

Local and state education leaders lobbied Wednesday the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform for more flexibility on...