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Governor's Education Commission Looks At School Funding

Orange County spends more per student locally than the seven counties that spend the least per-student in the state combined, according to the Public School Forum of North Carolina. A commission of education stakeholders across agencies and industries delved into this funding reality and others Tuesday. The Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education is studying how to ensure a “sound basic education” for all students — a constitutional mandate the ongoing Leandro lawsuit ruled the state failed to meet. “How are we going to finance making sure that our schools keep up and making sure we’ve got a qualified teacher in every classroom, and making sure we’ve got a qualified principal in every school, and making sure these schools in smaller and poorer counties get the resources they need?” said Governor Cooper, who stopped by the meeting in the afternoon.

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Liz Bell | EdNC