Created by the General Assembly in 2016 and envisioned as a partnership between local school districts and the UNC system, lab schools are designed to identify strategies to improve performance at struggling schools while creating opportunities to better prepare prospective teachers. There are 5 lab schools in operation, with 4 more opening in the coming year. UNC system institutions operate the traditional public schools with charter-like flexibility. Do you think this is a model North Carolina should continue? Weigh in on our question of the week.