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The debate around education is acute.

It is passionate.

It is emotional.

In this episode of Carolina Business Review, join me with South Carolina’s Molly Spearman and North Carolina’s June Atkinson as we discuss the state of education in the region.

Excerpts from Dr. June Atkinson:

We are not paying as much attention to our removing the shackles and traditions of the 20th century that no longer have any impact in the 21st century.

From a business point of view, it is to the advantage of North Carolina to provide preschool education for our most vulnerable children.

It’s approximately 50 percent or more of our children in North Carolina, and of course they are scattered throughout the state, but we do know in some parts of our state we have a much larger number of our students who are vulnerable. 

North Carolina needs to focus on…1)…sustained, attractive pipeline where we support young people who want to go into education …, 2) our state must show that we value and respect our teachers…, and 3)…teachers [need to] have some sort of career pathway… .

Our approach is to make our public schools the best choice.

Chris William

Chris William launched Carolina Business Review in 1990 as a way to initiate a public dialogue around community challenges. He serves as the television program’s moderator and executive producer and has hosted more than 1,000 episodes airing in 22 media markets throughout North & South Carolina.