Public Education Is The Cornerstone Of Democracy

Public Education is the foundation of our society. Public schools are generally more inclusive than private and charter schools and ensure that children with unstable homes and special needs receive a proper education. Public schools are held to standards not necessarily applied to private and charter schools which ensure that all children are learning and advancing. Public schools are generally more diverse. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public schools teach a population that is substantially less white and less abled. Students can’t be denied a public education based on immigration status either.These are just a few of the important reasons that we must continue to insist on quality public education.

What's Happening in NC

"An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people."

- Thomas Jefferson
Public education is what made our state great, however, education funding in North Carolina continues to decrease. Adjusted for inflation, only six states have seen a larger drop in per-student investment than North Carolina. In classrooms across North Carolina, students are facing a serious textbooks shortage. In many schools, there aren't enough books for students to take home for homework. This is a direct result of the cuts from General Assembly. The average teacher salary in North Carolina is $9,000 less than the national average. We need to fight for the future of our state and for our democracy. Unfortunately politicians in Raleigh are refusing to prioritize public schools, and siphoning money away from traditional public schools to unaccountable charters and private, religious schools. Some of these private schools, funded with voucher money, ban LGBT students and parents from attending, and enforce other discriminatory policies

And with the explosion of unaccountable charter schools, we’ve also seen serious issues. At Kestrel Heights, a charter school in Durham, 40% of students who received diplomas over the last eight years did not actually earn the credits to graduate