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12/3/2020

On Monday, at the meeting of the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee, EdNC’s Liz Bell reported that Rep. Craig Horn said,

“Kids that will graduate, are they graduating prepared for university, are they graduating prepared for the workforce, are they graduating prepared for the military?” Horn said. “The answer is no, no, and no. This has been a disaster for education.”

Here is her story.

At 11:56am, as the Committee was meeting, this Tweet misquoted Horn.

Liz Bell taped the meeting and has listened to it again in full. Here is Horn’s full quote:

“We’ve got, I don’t know any other word. We’ve got a disaster on our hands. Representative Clemmons mentioned graduation, promotion, and pre-K, it’s three issues, and it was testified too that we may be seeing the lowest promotion activity in 100 years. We have reason to believe based on what we heard today that our pre-K, and our kindergarten classes are gonna swell. Are we prepared for that? And then, kids that will graduate, are they graduating prepared for university, are they graduating prepared for the workforce, are they graduating prepared for the military? The answer is no, no, and no. This has been a disaster for education.”

A few minutes later, Horn adds:

“We need help from you all to ensure that there is a clear message to the public, to the parents, to the students, to the legislators. And then what is it we can do, we, the General Assembly, what can we do, to help communicate as well as help our kids progress. Because we’re, we are in a disaster.”

In the interest of transparency, please note that Horn serves on the EdNC board.

The N.C. State Board of Education continues its monthly meeting today. Here is the agenda.

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Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.


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