Education Policy

Education is the Foundation:

Education is the foundational element for a strong economy and a prosperous future. Education should be controlled at the local and state levels and there should be ample choices for parents and students that encourage student success. Our educational standards should be tailor-made for North Carolina students and the creative use of technology throughout our education system is essential.

Local Control:

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:

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:

Since his first year in office, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest has fought for North Carolina to regain control over our education standards. Unfortunately, our public schools are still using Common Core to teach our students. Recently, the Standards Commission that was tasked by the General Assembly to review and propose changes to Common Core declined to do so. It is our hope that the General Assembly will make a push during the upcoming session to have North Carolina based standards used to teach our children. In the end, it will not be standards that change our education system, but a wholesale, fundamental shift in the way we educate. Mastery-based learning, removing excessive testing and unnecessary mandates from our classrooms, treating our teachers like professionals, customizing curriculum to our students' gifts, needs, and desires are things that are going to transform education. Let's put standards in the proper place and then get down to business. 

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. Corporations and individuals making stand-alone donations.

3. By appropriations from the general fund by the General Assembly

4. 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.