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Public Education

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Action and Advocacy

The League of Women Voters (LWV) believes strongly that high quality public education for all children is necessary to sustain our democratic way of life and the economic health of our state and the people. Having studied education issues at the national, state and local levels for many decades, the LWV concludes that adequate funding is essential to the ability of the state to provide and sustain such an education.

Monthly Meeting

Members interested in advocacy on behalf of public education are invited to join the LWVODC Public Education Action Team. The next monthly meeting is:

Monday, December 3, 2018 | 1-2:30pm

Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Meeting Room D

This is the regular monthly meeting. We will discuss educational issues and talk about NC schools and issues to highlight in the coming months. .

Special Event - Film: Backpack Full of Cash

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Durham Technical Community College Educational Resources Center
Room 5-100, Building 5
1637 E. Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27701

Free parking is available in Lot F and in Lot B.
Campus Map

The film, Backpack Full of Cash, narrated by Matt Damon, explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America's most vulnerable children.

This 90-minute documentary takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013-14 school year, into the world of what is now called education "reform." In Philadelphia and other big cities, public education - starved of resources - hangs in the balance. NC is at a crossroads as we see more and more privatization of our public schools.

The filmmakers are part of the team that made the award-winning 4-part PBS series, SCHOOL: The Story of Public Education, narrated by Meryl Streep. Directed by: Sarah Mondale. Produced by: Vera Aronow and Sarah Mondale.

Following the screening, a brief Question and Answer forum led by Durham School Board member Natalie Beyer and former Durham Superintendent of Schools Bert L'Homme will focus on how issues addressed in the film apply locally.


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Local Public School Districts:

  • Public Schools First
    - Supports public schools through information, education and engagement.
    - Sends legislative updates, provides information on the status of bills and how they would affect public schools in North Carolina. Sign up for email updates.

  • NC Chatham Education Foundation Orgainization Chatham Education Foundation strengthens communities in Chatham County, NC by partnering with community residents, businesses, and foundations to improve education opportunities for public school students. Their mission is to open doors to educational and personal growth for all students in Chatham County Schools (CCS). Their vision is to maximize community investment in the CCS district to support the success of self-sustaining graduates committed to both life-long learning and to their community.

  • North Carolina Justice Center The NC Justice Center is a multi-issue organization. One of those issues is Financing Education in North Carolina.

    Its Home Page states: "The North Carolina Justice Center is the state's leading research and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming North Carolina's prosperity into opportunity for all. Our mission is to eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household in the state has access to the resources, services and fair treatment it needs in order to enjoy economic security. 2016 The NC Justice Center"

  • NC Policy Watch Education
    News and commentary on public policies in NC.

  • Communities in Schools North Carolina
    CISNC is an independently incorporated not-for-profit organization whose mission is: To champion the connection of needed community resources with schools and other sites to help young people successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life.

  • North Carolina Association of Educators
    Association of more than 70,000 active and retired educators whose mission is: maximize the effectiveness of the public school system in educating all children.

  • North Carolina Association of School Administrators
    NCASA is an umbrella organization for school administrators with the mission: insuring quality-learning experiences for all students through visionary and effective leadership.

  • North Carolina Business Committee For Education
    Partnered with Governor Easley's Center for 21st Century Skills, the NCBCE is an organization committed to: changing North Carolina's education system to ensure that students leave school better prepared to succeed in the global economy.

  • North Carolina PTA
    The North Carolina PTA is an organization for parents and teachers whose mission is to: support and speak on the behalf of children in the schools, help parents develop skills to raise and protect their children, and to encourage parent and public involvement.

  • North Carolina School Boards Association
    The mission of the North Carolina School Boards Association, as an advocate for public school education, is to provide leadership and services that enable local boards of education to govern effectively.

  • Public School Forum of North Carolina
    For those looking for a resource that is comprehensive in presenting and analyzing past, current and emergent issues in public education, we recommend you begin with the Public School Forum of North Carolina website.

    As noted in their overview, since 1986, the Forum has served as a nonpartisan advocate for better schools, bringing together people from business, education and government to study education issues, develop ideas, seek consensus and ultimately inform and shape education policy.

    The work of the Forum is highly respected and includes promoting sound research and analysis, framing ideas and issues, providing policy options, and finding nonpartisan common ground for consensus-based education policy making. The site is robust and includes a range of publications, access to weekly briefs, program information and helpful links. For those seeking to understand current issues, we direct you toward: Policy Briefs and Research Publications, Top Ten Educational Issues, Policymakers' Education Prime and Local School Finance Study among just a few of available resources.

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