On October 4, 2012, the State Board of Education unanimously passed the “Vision of Public Education in North Carolina: A Great Public Education System for a Great State.” The two-page vision statement and the corresponding essay by Edward Fiske and Helen are available here.
State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison believes this vision statement represents some of the most important work the Board has undertaken during his term as chair. The statement cites public charter schools, innovative high schools and virtual schools as having a legitimate claim on public funds because they advance the overall education system. However, it goes on to state that they “must be accessible to all students and held to the same high standards of academic, fiscal and other forms of accountability as traditional public schools.”
It further explains if public funds are to be made available to private education in the form of vouchers and tax credits, then private and religious schools receiving that money would need to be “incorporated far more explicitly into the public school system.”
Finally, Chairman Harrison noted he will travel across the state to continue the conversation and implement a vision that provides a great public school education.