New show about education policy launches on WRAL

Posted September 29, 2016 7:39 p.m. EDT
Updated September 30, 2016 1:56 p.m. EDT

Education Matters

The Public School Forum of North Carolina’s premieres a new show Sunday morning on WRAL-TV. "Education Matters” will provide the public with real facts about the state of public education in North Carolina and engage them in efforts to strengthen our state’s schools. The weekly television show will explore everything from the history of public education to the impact of legislation and policy decisions on our public schools.

Through November, “Education Matters” will air on WRAL-TV Sundays at 11:30 a.m. The program will move to its permanent time slot, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., beginning Nov. 26, 2016.

The program is hosted by Keith Poston, president & executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina

“One of our primary goals with this new show is to help the public understand how education policy plays out in our schools and what kind of impact these policies are having on our students and teachers,” said Poston. “We think it’s important the public is engaged in efforts to strengthen our schools and we hope Education Matters will provide a window into the classroom that is often missing from the debate.”

Each week’s show will have a central theme or main topic. The first show will focus on the challenges in our teacher pipeline, examining the declining enrollment in teacher preparation programs and increase in teacher turnover. Guests include the deans of the Schools of Education from NC State and UNC-Wilmington and two public school teachers, one a beginning teacher and the other a 13-year veteran, to hear their perspectives on what we should be doing as a state to make teaching more attractive. In addition to our main topic, the program will cover key headlines in education and spotlight great leadership in our schools each week.