Public School Forum of NC Study Group XVI

Failing schools legislation needs to account for the complexity of the problem of perennially low-achieving schools

This is the fourth in a series of five articles on expanding educational opportunity in North Carolina, culminating in the release tomorrow of the Public School Forum’s Study Group XVI final report — Expanding Educational Opportunity in North Carolina: Action Plan and Recommendations. The author served as one of the co-chairs of the Study Group’s Committee on Low-Performing Schools, along with Rep. Graig Meyer.

About the author

Jayne Fleener is a research professor at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and the former dean of the College of Education at NC State University. Dean Fleener has over 30 years of professional experience in K-12 and higher education, including teaching high school mathematics and computer science in Durham, North Carolina.  She has a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and three graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including her PhD in mathematics education. Before coming to NC State as Dean of the College of Education, she was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Oklahoma and the Dean of the College of Education at Louisiana State University.