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Education Matters – Early college high schools on the chopping block

Topic:   Early College High Schools on the Chopping Block

Some of North Carolina’s top-rated high schools are what are commonly referred to as early college high schools. These schools allow students to earn college credits while working towards graduation and are typically paired with a local community college or university.  The North Carolina Senate now wants to end funding for them. This week we talk about the plan to defund these schools with early college leaders and advocates, including the 2019 Principal of the Year, Matt Bristow-Smith, who leads an early college high school in Eastern North Carolina.


Matt Bristow-Smith, Principal, Edgecombe Early College High School, 2019 NC Principal of the Year

Dr. Beth Glennie, Senior Education Research Analyst, RTI International

Bharadwaj Chintalapati, Graduate, Wake Early College of Health and Sciences   

Aaron Penny, Graduate, Johnston County Early College Academy

Keith Poston

Keith Poston is the president and executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.