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Perspective | Education Matters: Spotlight on the class of 2020 and reopening our schools this fall

As COVID-19 continues to present our state and nation with so many challenges with regard to children’s schooling, joining us on the show today is Chair of the North Carolina State Board of Education, Eric Davis, and Chief Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Susan Gale Perry, to discuss the most recent guidance released about how to safely reopen North Carolina’s public schools for 2020-2021. Also joining us is Tabari Wallace, Principal of West Craven High School, and Matt Wight, Principal of Apex Friendship High School, who represent our high school principals across North Carolina who have done amazing things to honor the 2020 graduating seniors and help them cap off a year that was anything but normal.

Segment One

Mr. Eric Davis, Chair, State Board of Education

Ms. Susan Gale Perry, Chief Deputy Secretary, NC Department of Health and Human Services

Segment Two

Mr. Tabari Wallace, Principal, West Craven High School

Mr. Matt Wight, Principal, Apex Friendship High School

Public School Forum of North Carolina

Since 1986, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has been an indispensable and nonpartisan champion of better schools and the most trusted source in the state for research and analysis on vital education issues. We bring together leaders from business, education, and government to study education issues, develop ideas, seek consensus, and ultimately inform and shape education policy. We do that through research, policy work, innovative programs, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers.