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Education Leaders Attend Regional Eggs and Issues Event at UNCW

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Each January, the Public School Forum of North Carolina gathers hundreds of business, education and government leaders in Raleigh to discuss the most pressing education issues facing North Carolina that will drive policy debate in the upcoming legislative session. The annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast also debuts the Public School Forum’s Top Ten Education Issues for the year.

On March 12, the Watson College of Education hosted the first Regional Eggs & Issues Breakfast, in partnership with the Public School Forum and Southeast Education Alliance. More than 135 school superintendents, School Board members, principals, teachers, UNCW faculty and staff members attended the event, held at UNCW’s Warwick Center.

Forum President and Executive Director Keith Poston and Senior Director of Policy Lauren Fox shared the Forum’s Top Ten Issues for 2019. Poston also moderated a panel discussion of issues affecting education in Southeastern North Carolina. Panelists were Donyell Roseboro, Professor, UNCW’s Watson College of Education; Patrick Miller, Superintendent of Greene County Schools and North Carolina’s 2019 Superintendent of the Year; Christy Howe, Teacher at Bradley Creek Elementary School and North Carolina’s 2019 Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year; and Alfred Mays, Program Officer, Burroughs Wellcome Foundation.

“The Eggs and Issues event provided an excellent opportunity for a broad range of stakeholders to discuss critical issues in education in the southeastern region and across North Carolina,” said Watson College Dean Van Dempsey. “Our collaboration with the Southeast Education Alliance and the Public School Forum produced an important opportunity to focus on critical issues in public education. The Watson College was honored to be the host site and to provide this opportunity.”

The Public School Forum’s Top 10 Education Issues for 2019 are:

  1. Renew North Carolina’s Commitment to Public Schools for the Public Good
  2. Target Rural North Carolina’s Unique Education Challenges
  3. Directly Address Persistent Racial Inequities in North Carolina’s Schools
  4. Seize Historic Opportunity to Advance Adequacy and Equity in School Funding
  5. Recognize that Teacher Recruitment and Retention Starts with Professional Treatment
  6. Strengthen Charter School and Private School Voucher Transparency and Accountability
  7. Eliminate Stress and Stigma in Testing and Accountability Policy
  8. Start at the Top by Investing in School Leaders
  9. Thoughtfully and Strategically Invest In School Safety
  10. Focus on Whole Child, Whole Day

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