NC school board chair praises efforts of teachers, business community
State Board of Education Chairman Eric Davis said teachers have gone above and beyond to keep students learning while schools are closed during the pandemic, and he thanked the business community for their support.
>>> COVERAGE YOU CAN COUNT ON, THIS IS WRAL NEWS. >>> GOVERNOR COOPER DECIDED TO CLOSE PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR BECAUSE OF THE CORONA VIRUS. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND PARENTS. JOINING US NOW IS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION CHAIR. ERIC, THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US. >> MY PLEASURE. >> ERIC, THE BOARD SET THROE GOALS FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION IN NORTH CAROLINA. ELIMINATE OPPORTUNITY GAPS THAT PROVE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE AND INCREASE TEACHER PREPAREDNESS ALL BY THE YEAR 2025. IS THAT NOW REALISTIC GIVEN OUR CURRENT SITUATION? >> WE HAVE CHALLENGES IN FRONT OF US. WE ARE CONTINUING TO FOCUS ON THIS AND TO MAKE PROGRESS TOWARDS THOSE GOALS. AT THIS POINT, WE ARE NOT BACKING OFF. WHAT WE ARE FOCUSED ON IS MEETING THE IMMEDIATE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION THROUGHOUT THE REMAINDER OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR, AND THEN FORM AN EFFECTIVE BRIDGE TO THE NEXT SCHOOLYEAR WHEN WE'LL OPERATE. IN OUR SCHOOL BUILDINGS, AND A NURTURING TEACHER. SINCE THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE UNDER THIS ENVIRONMENT, WE ARE SO APPRECIATIVE OF HOW TEACHERS ARE GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND AND IN DIFFERENT WAYS AND BEING VERY CREATIVE. WE ARE ALSO MINDFUL THAT WE ARE NOT REACHING ALL STUDENTS AND THAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT ALL OF NORTH CAROLINA FACES AND THAT WE MUST OVERCOME. >> WE ARE SEEING. >> ARE THERE OTHER WAYS BUSINESSES CAN HELP OUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS THROUGH THIS PAN DETERMINE NICK. >> IF YOU ARE AN EMPLOYER OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENT. IF YOU CONSIDER WAYS THAT YOU CAN HELP THAT EMPLOYEE CARE FOR THEIR CHILD WHILE THEY ARE NOT IN SCHOOL. ENCOURAGE BUSINESSES TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO PARTNER WITH SCHOOLS DIRECTLY ON HOW TO SUPPORT STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. AND I WANT TO THANK OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY. YOU PROVIDE TAXES AND EMPLOYMENT AND YOU ARE A GREAT PARTNER FOR THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM IN NORTH CAROLINA AND WE VALUE THAT PARTNERSHIP. WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING WITH US