People without jobs, jobs without people

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – At a recent education conference sponsored by the NC Chamber, several speakers repeated a catchy statement to describe North Carolina’s skills gap: We have people without jobs and jobs without people. There’s little doubt education is the answer to both. Yet University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings cited a poll… READ MORE

North Carolina’s professional pipeline

Even if you never enroll as a student, higher education touches your life. Think about it:  Physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs – and of course, teachers – all make a difference in our lives. And they all need varying degrees of training.  In many cases, that training comes from our public colleges… READ MORE

NC Chamber panel: Pre-K a worthy investment

DURHAM (Aug. 10, 2017) – Some of North Carolina’s most powerful CEOs understand the importance of early-childhood education and making sure students read well by third grade. But do the politicians? At the North Carolina Chamber’s 2017 Conference on Education, a panel discussion focused on the importance of early literacy in transforming the future workforce…. READ MORE

The good and bad of the 2017-19 state budget

RALEIGH (June 28, 2017) – Today the NC General Assembly overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the 2017-19 state budget that legislators approved last week. To be sure, there are things to like in the budget. There are raises for public school teachers of almost 10% over two years.  There’s partial restoration of the NC… READ MORE

NC budget: Positive short-term, threatening long-term

RALEIGH (June 22, 2017) – At first glance, the budget compromise unveiled this week by legislative leaders seems encouraging. It would grant K-12 public school teachers an average raise of 3.3% this year and 9.6% over two years.  It would give significant raises to K-12 principals, a priority of the group BEST NC. It would… READ MORE

ROSS: Politicians pick their voters

WINSTON-SALEM (May 22, 2017) – On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down North Carolina’s congressional districts as unconstitutional, former UNC President Tom Ross laid out a simple way to make drawing state and national districts less partisan. “(It’s) very closely tied to the future of higher education, because it’s very closely tied… READ MORE

NC’s disinvestment: More tuition, more debt, fewer teachers

RALEIGH – Continuing our look at North Carolina’s disinvestment in public education, a shortfall in state support has meant higher tuition and more debt for university students and fewer teachers for students in our K-12 public schools. Though higher education is a public good that benefits us all – and our state constitution requires legislators… READ MORE