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Public School Forum of North Carolina Launches New Weekly TV Program October 2

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of North Carolina

RALEIGH NC (September 27, 2016) – The Public School Forum of North Carolina’s new weekly television program “Education Matters” premieres this week. The program aims to provide the public with real facts about the state of public education in North Carolina and engage them in efforts to strengthen our state’s schools. The weekly television show will explore everything from the history of public education to the impact of legislation and policy decisions on our public schools.

“Education Matters” will premiere Sunday, October 2nd at 11:30 AM on WRAL-TV in the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville market. The program will move to its permanent time slot, Saturdays at 7:30 PM, beginning November 26, 2016, where it will follow established WRAL-TV franchise “On the Record” with David Crabtree. The program will also be available online on and The program is hosted by Keith Poston, President & Executive Director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina

“One of our primary goals with this new show is to help the public understand how education policy plays out in our schools and what kind of impact these policies are having on our students and teachers,” said Poston. “We think it’s important the public is engaged in efforts to strengthen our schools and we hope Education Matters will provide a window into the classroom that is often missing from the debate.”

Each week’s show will have a central theme or main topic. The first show will focus on the challenges in our teacher pipeline, examining the declining enrollment in teacher preparation programs and increase in teacher turnover. Guests include the Deans of the Schools of Education from NC State and UNC-Wilmington and two public school teachers, one a beginning teacher and the other a 13 year veteran, to hear their perspectives on what we should be doing as a state to make teaching more attractive. In addition to our main topic, the program will cover key headlines in education and spotlight great leadership in our schools each week.

On social media, viewers can engage with Education Matters on Twitter by following @NCEdmatters as well as the Forum’s primary Twitter handle @theNCForum. The program is also using hashtag #NCEdmatters. On Facebook, viewers can “like” the Public School Forum page at and the Education Matters show page

About the 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. Follow us on Twitter @theNCForum and visit our website at


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