Education is the Foundation:
It is vital to prepare our students to live and thrive in a global economy, but this must start at home. Local school boards, educators, teachers, and parents understand the unique challenges faced by their students. We must resist attempts by the federal government to set broad policies from afar that negatively impact North Carolina’s students.
School choice is an integral part of a solid education policy and parents should have as many options as possible. Quality traditional public schools, charter schools, virtual schools, and private schools should be available for North Carolina families. Dan Forest supports the Opportunity Scholarship Program for low-income families and is also a strong supporter of homeschools.
Innovation in Education:
Students need access to modern technology to prepare them for a 21st century economy. Every student should have one-to-one devices (computers, laptops, tablets, etc.) in their North Carolina classroom. As Chairman of the Governor’s eLearning Commission and member of the State Board of Education’s Special Committee on Digital Learning, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest is actively working to provide Wi-Fi access to every K – 12 classroom in the state. Though North Carolina leads the way in our effort to extend broadband Internet access to every public school, the next step is to expand that infrastructure to reach every public school classroom and put one-to-one devices in the hands of the students.
Common Core Update:
The North Carolina Education Endowment:
The North Carolina Education Endowment is a special fund created in 2014 to help supplement teacher compensations for North Carolina's highest performing teachers. The Endowment will be funded in multiple ways and the income from the Endowment is required by law to be used only for teacher compensation that directly relates to student achievement. The goal is that, over time, the Endowment will grow to the point that it is self-funded, allowing North Carolina flexibility in recruiting and retaining the nation's best teachers.
The North Carolina Education Endowment is funded by:
1. Individual or corporate donations through state income tax forms.
2. The purchasing of "I Support Teachers" specialty license plates
3. Corporations and individuals making stand-alone donations.
4. By appropriations from the general fund by the General Assembly
5. Through other methods to be determined in later legislation.
The law requires the Endowment to be used for teacher compensation that directly relates to student achievement. This means that the Endowment will be used to increase the pay of our highest performing teachers, help retain teachers in hard-to-fill fields, and recruit teachers in needed areas.
If you are interested in applying for an "I Support Teachers" license plate, follow this link.