Public School Forum of NC Study Group XVI

Expanding educational opportunity in North Carolina: A preview of the Public School Forum’s Study Group XVI action plan and recommendations

This is the first in a series of five articles on expanding educational opportunity in North Carolina, culminating in the release of the Public School Forum’s Study Group XVI final report on Thursday, October 20. This article is adapted in part from portions of the final report’s executive summary. The authors served as the study group’s co-chairs, and both are members of the Forum’s Board of Directors, which Dr. Priddy chairs.

About the authors

Michael D. Priddy is a lifelong public school educator and advocate. A native North Carolinian, he was born in Winston-Salem and graduated from Richard J. Reynolds High School. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he received his undergraduate degree in American History and his Masters and Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision.

Dr. Priddy currently serves as Interim Executive Director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Prior to this role, Dr. Priddy was the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Public School Forum, having served on this Board since 2002.

Dudley E. Flood was born and reared in Winton, North Carolina. Since 1970, Dr. Flood has lived in Raleigh, North Carolina.

He began his career as a teacher of math, science and English at the eighth grade level. He later taught high school social studies and coached high school basketball and football. He served for three years as principal of a school covering first to twelfth grades before joining the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a specialist in school desegregation and race relations. During his 21 years of service with the Department of Public Instruction, he earned promotions first to Assistant and then Associate State Superintendent. Since April 1996, he has been a lecturer and consultant to groups throughout the country and abroad.

He currently serves on the N. C. Minority Cancer Awareness Action Team; the Public School Forum of North Carolina Board; the Wake Education Partnership Leadership Council; the UNC Press Advancement Council  and on several other boards and committees.