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BEST NC delivers a little guide, chock-full of education data

The following is a press release from BEST NC

Cary, NC — BEST NC is proud to announce the latest edition of a powerful little guide that provides in-depth coverage of the most relevant education facts, from cradle through career. BEST NC’s 3rd edition of Facts & Figures: Education in North Carolina has hundreds of data points and graphics, giving education stakeholders – from parents to politicians – the most readable education data resource in North Carolina.

“Found at, the 2017 Facts & Figures guide presents critical and digestible information on students, schools, programs, and educators along with robust trend data in school finance and student achievement,” says Brenda Berg, President, and CEO of BEST NC. “The breadth and depth of this information helps education advocates focus on new ideas, instead of spending time trying to uncover basic facts.”

According to Julie Kowal, BEST NC Vice President of Policy & Research, “one of BEST NC’s core commitments is to develop and advocate for policy solutions based on a solid foundation of data and research. Facts & Figures captures a lot of that analysis, and we hope it will empower other education stakeholders to do the same. By sharing this data widely with other individuals who truly care about education, we hold true to the fact that sharing knowledge will allow for greater innovative thinking for transformative change in North Carolina.”

The 2017 edition of our Facts & Figures guide has updated and new data from the 2016 guide. “We started asking for input last summer, and the new book includes dozens of improvements that were recommended by educators and leaders from across North Carolina. We are proud of the inclusive approach we took to compiling this information,” says BEST NC Policy Analyst, Alex Modestou.

Check out BEST NC’s 2017 Facts & Figures guide at and get continuous education coverage by following @BESTNCorg page. Like us on Facebook.

Click here to check out select Facts & Figures – you won’t want to miss.


BEST NC is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving North Carolina’s education system through policy and advocacy. We do this by convening a broad constituency; encouraging collaboration around a shared, bold vision for education; and advocating for policies, research, programs, and awareness that will significantly improve education in North Carolina.


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