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Public School Forum of North Carolina releases 2024 Education Policy Primer

The Public School Forum of North Carolina has released its 2024 North Carolina Education Policy Primer, which serves as a nonpartisan, fact-based guide to public education in North Carolina. The primer provides a comprehensive overview of how education policy is made, along with the current state of public education and the policies guiding it. The Forum produces this guide in order to inform current policymakers, candidates for public office, and the general public.

Education policy involves a wide range of interconnected issues such as school finance and facilities, accountability and assessment, technology, teachers and so much more. In order to make well-informed and evidence-based decisions, policymakers and voters face the challenge of understanding complex educational issues.

“The primer is a great tool for anyone interested in learning more about education policy in North Carolina from how policies are created, to the responsibilities of different levels of government and officials, to how policies are currently affecting students and educators,” said Dr. Lauren Fox, senior director of policy and research. “Our team puts a lot of effort into making sure this resource is both fact-based and easy to understand so that it can benefit political candidates who don’t have much experience with education as well as voters looking to make informed decisions.”

The Forum will be hosting a virtual convening on the primer on June 5, 2024, at 3 pm. All North Carolina citizens are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration for that event will open soon.

The Forum will also hold its biennial candidate education sessions in June on the primer for public office including those running for the NC General Assembly, boards of county commissions, and local boards of education.

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.