There are few topics more important in N.C. politics than education. Not only is North Carolina home to more than 1.5 million public school students, education makes up more than 50% of the state’s $24 billion budget.
With the stakes so high, it’s frustrating that North Carolina politicians can’t seem to have an honest conversation about education. Why? We dive deep into this topic in today’s episode of the Longleaf Podcast.
In this episode, we discuss the toxic relationship the N.C. Association of Educators has with the General Assembly and how it developed. We explore why the unfair narrative has developed that Republicans want to dismantle the state’s education system.
Then, we discuss why North Carolina’s complicated education funding system makes it difficult to compare apples to apples — and how different political groups use their own version of numbers to make a point. Finally, we question whether it would be possible to truly gauge how teachers feel about certain elements of education policy.
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