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Education Matters – Freshman year

Topic: Freshman Year

When the new NC General Assembly was sworn in last week, about 1/4 of the 50-member Senate were new faces. On the House side, 26 brand new members joined, about 20 percent of the 120-member chamber. That group included 17 Democrats who helped end the Republican’s supermajority, but a legislature where the GOP remains firmly in the majority. This week we’re joined by four of those Freshmen, 2 Democrats and 2 Republicans, to discuss their views on education and their goals for the new session.


Rep. Julie von Haefen (D) Wake

Rep. Rachel Hunt (D) Mecklenburg

Sen. Jim Burgin (R) Harnett, Johnston, Lee

Rep. Chris Humphrey (R) Lenoir, Pitt

Keith Poston

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