The school performance grade formula has been a subject of steady debate in the General Assembly, with some lawmakers advocating for academic growth playing a bigger part in the grades because they say it is a more effective indicator of how well teachers are doing their jobs. Proponents of keeping academic performance front and center say it measures whether students are where the state wants them to be education-wise, so it’s important to keep the emphasis on it.
Currently, the redistricting of NC congressional & state legislative boundaries is controlled by the state legislature. In 2018, a federal district court ruled that NC's congressional map had been subject to unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering.
This week is National School Choice Week. North Carolina permits the formation of charter schools, which are publicly funded but are not managed by the local school board. Proponents of charter schools say they increase opportunity and encourage innovation, among other things. Opponents of charter schools say they contribute to segregation and take funding away from traditional public schools, among other things.