From The Blog
by Julie Kowal
Over the past few years, we’ve heard anecdotes and seen national trends of rising education expenditures, and of simultaneously flat (or mostly flat) teacher salaries.
In North Carolina, total education spending in inflation-adjusted dollars has risen from $7.4 million in the 2003-2004 school year to $12 million for the 2013-2014 school year.
In the face of rising expenditures, why do our teachers remain among the lowest paid in the nation?
Great Schools Change Everything
All of our children deserve great schools, no matter their background. CarolinaCAN is a nonprofit education research and policy organization that convenes education leaders across the state and arms them with the information they need to enact policies that will give every North Carolina child access to a great school. Because great schools change everything.
North Carolina has too many dual systems of education based on a child's zip code. To break the tradition of inequity and provide all students with access to an excellent education, we need multiple partners who are committed to pushing for innovation and evidence-based reforms. CarolinaCAN is a critical partner in this work. The organization will help highlight and promote successful practices from across the state and country to change the conversation about what's possible for North Carolina's children.Denise Watts, Executive Director, Project L.I.F.T.Jul 7 2013
I was honored to serve as interim chair of CarolinaCAN in the group's early development. Together with our partners, we've built an organization whose balanced and research-driven voice could not come at a more important time in North Carolina. Under the leadership of founding executive director Julie Kowal and her board, CarolinaCAN will help ensure that research, best practices and a focus on students' needs are driving education reforms across the state.Christopher Gergen, CEO, Forward ImpactJul 25 2013