NC Deep Dive

Democratic Ballot-NC Superintendent of Public Instruction -- C.R. Katie Eddings, Maurice (Mo) Green, & Kenon Crumble

February 26, 2024 Amanda Lunn
NC Deep Dive
Democratic Ballot-NC Superintendent of Public Instruction -- C.R. Katie Eddings, Maurice (Mo) Green, & Kenon Crumble
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Explore the narratives and strategies propelling three dynamic candidates forward in the gripping race for the Democratic nomination for the NC Superintendent of Public Instruction. Join us as we illuminate the campaigns of CR Katie Eddings, Maurice "Mo" Green, and Kenon Crumble. Peel back the layers of their educational philosophies and career milestones, and discover how they plan to revitalize our state's educational system. From Eddings' 2019 Boroughs Welcome Fund North Central Region Teacher of the Year accolade to Green's transformative impact on Guilford County schools to Crumble's strategic plans, we're unearthing the root of their visions for North Carolina's future.

With the election on the horizon, we're casting a spotlight on your vital role in this democratic process. This isn't just another political race; it's a pivotal moment for civic engagement and for laying the groundwork for the next generation. We invite you to be an active participant in shaping our community's future—your voice matters, and your vote is a powerful tool for advancement. By embracing our collective aspirations and upholding the values that connect us all, we can join together to author the next chapter of North Carolina's educational journey.

C.R. Katie Eddings, Maurice (Mo) Green, & Kenon Crumble

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Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Hello friends, thanks for joining me and the NC Deep Dive. I am your host, Amanda Benbow-Lunn, and we are delving into the 2024 primary election. Each episode will cover a different race that will be on your primary ballot this election. When you go to vote, you will be handed a ballot based on your address and party affiliation. If you are unaffiliated sometimes also referred here as independent then you will have your choice of which party's ballot you would like to vote. Please note that you are only able to cast one ballot and that there are no primary ballots for the Green Party or the no Labels Party. Moreover, candidates for the general election in November who do not have a primary challenger will not appear on your primary ballot. They get a pass directly to the general election. Due to time constraints and the plethora of candidates, and my belief that having as much information as possible is of vast importance, our primary election segment will consist of me covering one race at a time, as time allows, and going over each candidate's website and what I can find on a simple Google search, in case it is easier for you to take in information this way. If you are short on time, you can check out our NC Deep Dives Voters Guide for the 2024 primary election, found pinned to our Facebook page or on this episode's show notes at www. ncdeepdivecom. com. It will be an easy way to access each candidate's website and research the candidates on your own. If that's a better use of your time, without further ado, my friends, let's dive in.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

In this episode we will be delving into the North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Democratic Ballot. There will be three candidates for this race and you are eligible to vote for one of them. The three candidates are CR Katie Eddings, maurice Mo Green and Kenon Crumble. That brings us to CR Katie Eddings, who goes by Katie for NC State Superintendent. Her website is eddings4education. com and that four is spelled out. F-o-r Says the teacher's voice Eddings for Education 2024. Help us campaign today for a better tomorrow for North Carolina teachers, children and public education. There is a donate button if you would like to do that. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are by EE Cummings Serving the community. Katie Eddings has been part of this community for many years, working tirelessly to make it a better place. There is a video and she has a countdown to the election, which at this moment, is eight days, seven hours, 45 minutes and 20 seconds away. About Katie CR.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Katie Eddings' inspiration for teaching is her mother, who was an exceptional children's teacher's, aide, bus driver and library assistant in the 1960s. Her love and concern for his students created lifelong relationships. Throughout her teaching career, katie graduated from Pembroke Senior High in Pembroke, north Carolina, before earning an associate's degree in police science from Robeson Community College. She then joined the Air Force and served during Desert Storm. She later received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Nevada, las Vegas and a Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Katie's teaching career began in 2004 in Robeson County Public Schools. She served as a social studies teacher and an assistant principal. However, she found that she missed the classroom and became an advancement via individual determination elective teacher with Lee County High School. Currently, she is teaching personal finance at Lee Early College. During the 2007-2018 school year, katie was chosen as the Avid Summer Institute Teacher Speaker in Orlando, florida, where she spoke to 2,500 educators from around the United States and the world. In 2019, she was named Lee County Schools Teacher of the Year, which led her to being chosen as the 2019 Boroughs Welcome Fund North Central Region Teacher of the Year. She was also selected as the 2019 Lee County NAACP Educator of the Year. In 2022, katie was able to travel to Australia through GO Global, supported by Sanford Rotary and Lee County Schools. While there, she participated in Immersive Cultural and Educational Professional Development, with an emphasis on equitable access to education for Aboriginal and Indigenous children. Katie believes her greatest accomplishment is seeing her students reach their potential and find their passion both in the classroom and throughout the lives, just as her mother did. You can connect with Katie via Facebook or Instagram. Moving to her platform, it says consistency in our classrooms allows all students to prosper.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Teacher retention the days of wishing we could pay teachers more are a thing of the past, because higher pay is not a luxury. We are in a staffing crisis. We need to offer competitive salaries, reinstate lost benefits and treat teachers as professionals. All are critical to retaining our most talented educators. Teacher recruitment we need to make teacher profession more attractive. We cannot recruit when the UNC system has seen a drop in college enrollment in the field of education. We need to bring back retirement benefits for new hires and increase the starting salary to prevent new teachers from working second jobs to pay their bills. Competitive pay structure. Students and teachers deserve more than a salary increase that barely matches the rate of inflation. We need a true and competitive pay structure so experienced educators no longer have to make financial sacrifices to support our students and teachers can afford to keep teaching. School safety we must be proactive in our approach to school safety. Ongoing assessments and conversations with local law enforcement and school-based officers are imperative to protecting students. We need to practice drills often, train everyone and communicate expectations daily. Mental health support emotional and mental health professionals should be available for every single school to support all students' needs.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

If you go to our contact page, it says help our cause. Your support and contributions will enable us to rebuild public education in North Carolina. There are several ways to get involved. Working together, we can rebuild public education. Vote we encourage you to register to vote and we are more than happy to help you at Eddings for Education campaign headquarters. Spread the word. Please check out the teacher's voice page and read my platform. If you agree that things need to change, ask others to vote Volunteer. It takes a team to make a difference. Consider volunteering at the office or at a campaign event. Donate To spread the word. We need posters, signs, publications and advertising. Please consider a donation to the campaign.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Under her media tab it says there are a few different news articles. The titles are Eddings Get Support in Run for Top State Education Post. The Sanford Herald. Lee Teacher announces bid for state superintendent. The rant A Day of Prayer Eddings keynote speaker the Sanford Herald. There's also a video of Katie at Avid Summer Institute in 2018. And that is the totality of her website. Looking her up on ballotpedia, she did not complete ballotpedia's 2024 candidate connection survey. Nor did she respond in my attempts to reach her regarding the North Carolina Voters Guide that we put together. Her campaign finance information for the 2024 election cycle was unavailable on ballotpedia as of January 31st 2024. And when I tried to look it up, I didn't see anything there either. Doing a general Google search, I did not find anything out of the ordinary.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Switching to Maurice Mo Green, he goes by Mo Green. His website is MoGreenforNC. com and that for is spelled out F-O-R. It says elect a champion for NC public schools and students Moe Green for North Carolina superintendent of public instruction. There is a spot where you can fill out information to join his team Mo Green for superintendent of public instruction. North Carolina's future is in our schools today and you have the ability to chip in with a donation if you would like Mo's Pillars. Invest fully in public education. Prepare each student for their next phase in life. Revere public school educators, enhance parent and community support. Ensure safe, secure learning environments. Celebrate the good in public education.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Education leaders from across North Carolina endorse Mo Green, and they include Jim Hunt, the 69th and 71st governor of North Carolina, bev Perdue, the 73rd governor of North Carolina, and June Atkinson, former North Carolina superintendent of public instruction. He's also been endorsed by NCAE, the North Carolina Association of Educators, nc State AFL CIO, young Democrats of North Carolina, the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People PAC. Other endorsements include Bill McNeil, former national superintendent of the year, and Bill Harrison, former chair of the NC Board of Education. Other organizations that have given their endorsement include the George C Simkins Memorial PAC, people's Alliance, sierra Club, former and current members of Congress, including Congresswoman Alma Adams, former Congressman GK Butterfield, congresswoman Kathy Manning and Congresswoman Deborah Ross, former district superintendents Tony Baldwin, del Burns, Jim Cosby, terry Klein, larry Kobel, beverly Emery, peter Gorman, carl Harris, bill Harrison, robert Logan, tim Marley, james Merrill, bill Miller and Ray Spain. There is a section where you can endorse Moe if you feel so moved, there are buttons where you can donate, volunteer and join his campaign.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

There are some news articles. The first ones that show up include one from the WS Chronicle keynote speaker Mo Green challenges MLK breakfast attendees to strive for excellence to honor King's legacy. A press release Mo Green for North Carolina campaign announces historic fundraising in first 10 days. Ed NC Mo Green announces run for state superintendent of public instruction. Fox eight, former Guilford County school superintendent, announces run for North Carolina superintendent. Nc Newsline veteran educator, foundation leader, announces run for NC superintendent of public instruction. A press release Maurice Mo Green, former Guilford County school superintendent and foundation director, announces candidacy for North Carolina superintendent. Wfny News two former GCS leader to run for state office in 2024. Mo Green announces run for North Carolina superintendent of public instruction and the black and white podcast Black and white podcast interview featuring Mo Green Meet Mo.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Maurice Mo Green has strived to be a champion for public education in North Carolina throughout a professional career that has included being a school district superintendent, a chief executive for a large foundation that awards grants supporting public education and a school board attorney. Mo served as the executive director of the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation from 2016 to 2023. Prior to ZSR, mo served more than seven years as superintendent of Guilford County schools, the third largest district in North Carolina Before Guilford County schools. Mo joined Charlotte Mecklenburg schools in 2001 as general counsel. In 2006, he was named chief operating officer and later moved into the role of deputy superintendent. Mo began his career as a lawyer in a private practice after doing two United States judicial clerkships. He has a bachelor's degree in political science and economics and a law degree both from Duke University.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Mo is a member of Alpha Phi, alpha and Sigma Pi Phi, the Boulet fraternities. Mo is a longtime resident of North Carolina. He is married and has two adult children. He has a link to iwillvote. com on his page. If you have any questions to find your voting or drop off location, check if you're registered to vote. You can register to vote or learn more about voting. He also has links to Instagram, facebook and X. That is the totality of his website.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Looking at his ballot pedia, it said as of 2024, green was affiliated with the following organizations the Hunt Institute. Hunt Lee Commission. My Future NC. The Path Forward Education NC Education Commission of the States. National Center on Learning and Civic Engagement. North Carolina High School Athletic Association. High Point University School of Education Doctoral Advisory Board, guilford County. Guilford Education Alliance. Digital Learning Institute. Crisis Assistance Ministry, university of North Carolina at Asheville. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. Looking at his campaign finance information, there was nothing listed for the 2024 election cycle and when I looked it up, I did not see anything either. He did answer ballot pedia's candidate connection survey. There are approximately seven questions here If you would like to look into more information. Looking at Mo Green on Google, I found a couple of articles of interest, one of which was entitled Honoring Maurice Mo Green by supporting students in Guilford County, and it states former Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Executive Director.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Maurice Mo Green is known statewide as a champion of public education. In 2015, when Green transitioned from his role as superintendent of Guilford County schools to ZSR, guilford County community members established a scholarship fund through local nonprofit Shift underscore ed in recognition of his work. Now, eight years after the Maurice Mo Green endowed fund for Shifted was first established, csr is donating $425,000 to the fund in honor of Green's years of dedicated service to the foundation. Green chose Shift ed to receive the honorarium because he considers it a game changer for students and family in Guilford County. During my time as superintendent, he says I encountered many families who couldn't envision an educational future for their kids beyond high school simply because of cost. Shift ed's all encompassing approach to supporting students, from tutoring to last dollar tuition scholarships, helps students and families see that anything is possible. Shift ed president and CEO, wendy Poteet, calls Green a visionary. It was thanks to his foresight and persistence that Shift ed came to exist in Guilford County. She says. To transform our community means accelerating outcomes for our students so they can fill critical roles in our workforce. Mo understood that and assembled change makers from across the county to make it happen. This gift underscores his commitment to students, families and our entire community.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Green led Guilford County schools for more than seven years, completing the district's first ever strategic plan and launching a second, both of which have resulted in notable outcomes, such as increased graduation rates and other impressive student achievements, both academic and non-academic. In 2016, green took the leadership role at CSR and served for nearly seven years. In that time, the foundation launched all four NC, our current framework for grant making and learning. Green considers the donation from CSR humbling. It is an honor not only for me, but also for my entire family to know that these resources will enable students in Guilford County to continue their educational journeys beyond high school graduation. He says knowing that we are helping to break down financial barriers and open doors for the next generation of leaders is truly humbling and deeply gratifying. Another article from Guilford County's Better Together GCSNC. com is entitled.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Superintendent receives a Thurgood Marshall Award Recognizing his work and dedication to helping every student in Guilford County graduate from high school ready for career, college and life. The welfare reform liaison project awarded Superintendent Maurice Mo Green with its Thurgood Marshall 2015 S-THUR award. The awards are given to seven men and women in Guilford County who are committed to building up their cities and communities. The Thurgood Marshall Award specifically recognizes a person who has been a champion of change. In a letter to the superintendent, the project's board of directors cites Green's dedication to the children of Guilford County, passion for education, unceasing work on behalf of the Say yes initiative and relentless efforts for excellence in education. In the seven plus years of Green's leadership, the district has raised its graduation rate, student achievement on test scores and scholarship dollars for graduating seniors. But, just as essential, he has raised expectations for students, employees and parents, while restoring trust and public support of the school district In 2015,. Thanks in part to the fundraising efforts of the Green and thanks in part to the fundraising efforts of Green and the fundraising committee and the work he started in GCS, guilford County was named a Say yes to education community. The designation gives eligible GCS graduates the opportunity to apply for last dollar tuition scholarships to attend any two or four-year public institution in North Carolina.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Mr Green has striven to make education in Guilford County more suited to each child's particular learning needs, said Dr Irish Spencer, president and CEO of the Welfare Reform Liaison Project. Initiatives that he has sponsored or supported include mass reading campaigns, greater access to advanced placement courses and partnering with non-traditional schools to find the right fit for each of our children to learn in their own way. Justice Marshall fought for equal opportunity in America and Mr Green is a worthy successor to his legacy, having fought for equal opportunity for our students and ensuring a fair, effective process for all parents in Guilford County. Guilford County Board of Education member Ed Price received the award last year and says Green is very deserving of the recognition. The Welfare Reform Liaison Project Inc. Isa, faith-based nonprofit community action agency dedicated to providing services that will enable economically disadvantaged individuals and families to move towards self-sufficiency.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Green has received numerous accolades for his work. In 2014, he was named the Distinguished Educator by the NCASCD, the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He was also recognized by two community organizations in 2013, including the Education Award presented by the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and the Public Service Award from the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association. Green currently serves as president of the Board of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. He also serves on the Board of the National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement, an institute with the Education Commission of the States. In addition, he is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. And this, it looks like, was in the archives for the 2010 through 2017.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Moving on to Kenon Crumble, the third candidate vying for the North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Race seat, his website is kenoncrumble. com. It says donate today to support us. Mo Green did give us a response for our North Carolina voters guide. Be sure to check that out on our Facebook page or you can find it in this episode's show notes at www. ncdeepdive. com. Moving on to the third candidate for the North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction, kenon Crumble. His website is kenoncrumble. com. It says donate today to support us. Kenon Crumble Innovative leadership infinite possibilities Kenon Crumble for North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction. Help us elect Kenon Crumble. Click here to donate today.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Why Kenon Crumble? Championing innovative and inclusive education for North Carolina's future. As a passionate educator, I, kenon Crumble, am deeply committed to transforming the educational landscape of North Carolina. My journey as an assistant principal at Panther Creek High School in Cary, north Carolina, has ingrained in me a profound understanding of the challenges and opportunities within our school systems. Running for state superintendent, my mission is to advocate for innovative educational practices that not only meet but exceed the needs of every student. I pledge to prioritize equity, ensuring that every child, regardless of background, has access to high quality education. By embracing technology, fostering community partnerships and nurturing a culture of continuous learning and excellence, I aim to empower educators and students alike. Together, we will shape a future for the betterment of North Carolina.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Background Kenon Crumble's combination of practical experience in school administration, academic background in education, leadership skills, commitment to equity and inclusivity, understanding of local context, forward looking vision, community engagement, experience and policy acumen are the reasons why he is the best candidate for North Carolina's superintendent of public instruction. Why Kenon Crumble? Educational experience Kenan has extensive experience in the educational sector. He began his career as a teacher, where he developed a strong foundation in curriculum development and student engagement. His time in the classroom gave him firsthand insights into the challenges and opportunities in education. Leadership roles Kenon has held various leadership positions, including that of an assistant principal. His leadership experience is marked by a collaborative approach, emphasizing team building, staff development and creating inclusive learning environments.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Advocacy for inclusive education A significant part of Kenan's career has been devoted to advocating for inclusive education. He strongly believes in creating learning environments that are welcoming and accessible to all students, regardless of their background or abilities. Focus on innovation Kenon is known for his forward thinking approach, advocating for the integration of technology and education and the adoption of innovative teaching methods to better engage students and prepare them for a rapidly changing world. The platform Serving the community Kenon has been part of this community for many years, working tirelessly to make it a better place, united by a common goal. Kenon Crumble knows the value of being connected. That's why he is running for this position. Learn about his framework for the Leandro plan and support us. Get involved with us. We can't win this race without your help. Volunteering, word of mouth and donating are all ways of helping us achieve our goals together. He does have a countdown to the election and at this moment it is eight days, seven hours, eight minutes and 28 seconds away, and there is a link to donate, if you would like. In Kenon's media tab it says follow our journey to victory. Kenon Crumble announces candidacy for North Carolina superintendent.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

I, kenon Crumble, am thrilled to announce my candidacy for the position of North Carolina superintendent of public instruction. With years of dedicated service as a district leader and administrator, I am ready to bring my passion, experience and innovative vision to this vital role. My journey in education has been driven by a steadfast commitment to excellence and equity. Throughout my career, I have focused on creating safe and inclusive learning environments, fostering academic achievement and supporting educators and students alike. My hands-on experience in school leadership has equipped me with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities within our education system. My platform is built on the pillars of enhancing safety, educational equity, embracing technology in learning and strengthening teacher support and development. I am committed to ensuring that every child in North Carolina receives a high-quality education that prepares them for a successful future, irrespective of their background. In this campaign, I look forward to engaging with teachers, parents, students and community leaders across the state to share ideas and build a collective vision for the future of North Carolina's education system. I invite you to join me on this journey. For more information about my campaign, my policies and how you can get involved, please visit my website at www. kenoncrumble. com. Together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of our students and educators. Let's build a brighter future for North Carolina's education system. I am Kenan Crumble and I am running for North Carolina Superintendent because I believe in our students, our teachers and our potential to achieve greatness together. Follow my journey and participate in it by using the hashtag. Hashtag crumble for NC. About Kenon Crumble personal statement.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

As I stand at threshold of embarking on the next phase of my academic journey, the allure of doctoral studies summons me like rays to a rising sun. This journey has been one paid with insatiable curiosity, unyielding determination and an unwavering commitment to personal and intellectual growth. As I reflect upon the experiences and choices that have led me to this pivotal moment, I am reminded of the transformative power of education and the infinite possibilities that lie ahead. From an early age, my insatiable curiosity served as my guiding compass. I remember spending hours engrossed in frivolous play that transported me to realms both real and imagined. Each day that expired felt like my journey of uncovering a hidden treasure was coming to an end, but expanding my understanding of the world and fueling my desire to explore the unknown was exhilarating. This intrinsic curiosity was nurtured by poverty, which encouraged me to question and seek answers, to challenge assumptions and to delve deeper into the subjects that captivated my mind.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

As I transitioned to doctoral studies, my academic pursuits evolved from the pursuit of knowledge to the cultivation of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The once detested realms of education became my playground for intellectual exploration and my outlet for success. I grappled in the intricate struggle of theory and application, where classroom discussions and hands-on projects synergized to broaden my perspectives. Yet it was in the agony and suffering of challenges that I discovered my capacity to adapt, learn and innovate. A particularly poignant memory is when I received an IEP in elementary school and subsequently autonomously refused services and tested out. My passion for education emerged as a natural extension of my interests and experiences, because I did not have anything as a child. My father, who is and always will be my hero, did not have much to offer me but wisdom. However, the more I delved into education, the more I realized its profound implications on shaping my future. Michelle Rhee helped me embark upon, not only fortifying my knowledge, but also illuminated the vast potential for innovation and positive change. It was then that the idea of doctoral studies germinated within me, the desire to not only grasp the complexities of this field, but to contribute to its advancement.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Doctoral studies, to me, represent more than an academic pursuit they symbolize an opportunity for profound personal transformation and societal impact. I am drawn to Long Island University because of its distinguished faculty, cutting-edge research opportunities and collaborative ethos. The prospect of engaging in research that could contribute to change exhilarates me, envisioning a future where my passion converges with purpose. As I stand on the cusp of this new chapter, I carry with me not only the knowledge amassed through years of diligent study, but also the unwavering determination that has been my compass thus far. My journey has reaffirmed the power of perseverance, the beauty of intellectual curiosity and the potential for growth when met with challenges. I am ready to embrace the rigors of doctoral studies, to immerse myself in new realms of knowledge and to emerge as a transformed individual with a capacity to drive change. My journey to this platform has been one marked by unyielding curiosity, resilience, pessimist and the pursuit of excellence, with a heart packed with eagerness and an open mind. With a heart packed with eagerness and a mind open to infinite possibilities, I eagerly anticipate the challenges and triumphs that lie ahead. This is not merely a step towards a degree. It is a leap towards personal and intellectual fulfillment, guided by the belief that education is the most potent catalyst for change.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

The Crumbles Kenon resides in Johnston County, north Carolina, with his beautiful, intelligent wife, jocelyn and his children. Endorsements what NC needs now? Mr Crumble's dedication and support have helped all Panther Creek students better themselves and we support his candidacy 100%. Panther Creek students. He does have links for Facebook, instagram and X. The Leandro Plan. Here is how we are going to ensure equality for all NC students. Here is our framework for the remedial plan that aligns with Kenon's vision for equitable and effective education.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Funding Underfunded schools and districts A significant portion, perhaps around 30 to 40%, will be allocated to schools and districts that have historically been underfunded. This would ensure that they have the resources necessary to provide a sound basic education. Two special education and at-risk students. Around 20 to 25% will be dedicated to special education and programs for at-risk students, including those with disabilities, esl learners and economically disadvantaged students. Three teacher recruitment and retention Approximately 15 to 20% will focus on teacher recruitment, retention and professional development, ensuring that all students have access to high quality educators. Four early childhood education. Investing around 10 to 15% in early childhood education could provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning. Five educational technology and infrastructure. Around 10 to 15% will go towards updating educational technology and school infrastructure, which is essential for modern, effective teaching and learning environments, innovation and program development. The remaining 5 to 10% could be allocated for innovative educational programs, pilot projects and research initiatives that could further enhance the quality of education. Kenan Crumble, with his experience and commitment to education, will ensure that every dollar is spent in a way that maximizes educational outcomes for all students in North Carolina. He does have a link for Facebook page, instagram and X account.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

And strategic plan Innovative leadership infinite possibilities for North Carolina's educational system. One revolutionizing educational infrastructure Modernization of facilities Prioritize the renovation and modernization of school buildings across North Carolina, ensuring they are safe, accessible and equipped with the latest technology. Innovative learning spaces Develop state of the art learning environments that foster collaboration, creativity and adaptability among students. Green initiatives Integrate sustainable practices and green technologies in schools, promoting environmental stewardship and reducing operational costs. Two enhancing teacher retention and compensation. Competitive salaries Advocate or competitive wages for teachers, recognizing their invaluable contribution to society and ensuring North Carolina attracts and retains top educators. Professional development Implement ongoing professional development opportunities Enabling teachers to continually enhance their skills and stay abreast of the latest educational practices. Supportive work environments Faucery culture of respect, support and collaboration in schools, ensuring teachers feel valued and motivated.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Three implementing universal pre-kindergarten accessibility for all Ensure every child in North Carolina has access to high quality pre-kindergarten education programs, regardless of their family's socioeconomic status. Curriculum development Develop a comprehensive, age-appropriate curriculum that focuses on early literacy, numeracy and social skills, preparing children for a successful educational journey. Parental involvement Parental involvement Encourage and facilitate active parental involvement in pre-kindergarten programs, recognizing the critical role families play in early childhood education. Additional initiatives Mental health resources Increase access to mental health resources for students and staff, fossering a holistic approach to education that prioritizes well-being. Under Kenon Crumble's leadership, north Carolina's education system will not only meet current needs, but will also adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world. With a focus on infrastructure, teacher retention and universal pre-kindergarten, we are committed to laying the groundwork for a future where every student in North Carolina has the opportunity to succeed.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

Strategic planning for revolutionizing educational infrastructure in North Carolina vision statement To transform North Carolina's educational infrastructure into a model of innovation, safety, sustainability and inclusivity, ensuring that all students have access to the highest quality learning environments. One assessment and planning Comprehensive infrastructure audit Conduct a statewide audit of all educational facilities to assess their current conditions, technological capabilities and safety standards. Needs Analysis Identify the specific needs and challenges of different regions, including urban, rural and underserved areas. Stakeholder Engagement Involve teachers, students, parents and community members in the planning process to ensure diverse perspectives and needs are considered. Funding and Resource Allocation Diverse Funding Sources Secure funding through state budgets, federal grants, public-private partnerships and community fundraising initiatives. Equitable Distribution Ensure that resources are allocated equitably, prioritizing schools in greatest need while also supporting statewide improvements.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

3. Implementation of Infrastructure Projects Safety and Accessibility Upgrades Prioritize safety enhancements, including modern fire safety systems, secure entry points and ADA compliance. Technological Invancements Equip schools with high-speed Internet, advanced computing devices and smart classroom technology. Sustainable Practices Implement Green-Building Practices, renewable Energy Sources, sustainable Materials and Construction and Renovation Projects. Innovative Design Create flexible and adaptive learning spaces that can cater to different teaching methods and learning styles.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

4. Ongoing Maintenance and Evaluation Regular Maintenance Schedules Establish a system for regular maintenance and upkeep of educational facilities. Performance Metrics Develop metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of infrastructure improvements and enhancing the learning environment. Feedback Loop Create channels for ongoing feedback from school communities to continually assess and refine infrastructure strategies. 5. Professional Development and Training Training for educators Provide training for teachers and staff to maximize the benefits of new technologies and facilities. Community Education Offer workshops and resources for the community on the new features and technologies implemented in schools.

Amanda Benbow Lunn:

6. Long Term Sustainability and Adaptation Future Proofing Design infrastructure projects with an eye toward future needs and technological advancements. Policy Advocacy Work with state and local governments to advocate for policies that support ongoing investment in educational infrastructure. 7. Communication and Public Engagement Transparent Communication Maintain open and transparent communication with a public about progress, challenges and successes. Encourage community involvement in infrastructure projects through volunteer opportunities, open houses and school events. This strategic plan aims to revolutionize North Carolina's educational infrastructure, creating environments that inspire learning, foster innovation and provide safe, inclusive and sustainable spaces for all students to thrive. By implementing this plan, we will not only enhance the educational experience, but also invest in the future of our state and its young minds.

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Strategic Plan for Enhancing Teacher Retention and Compensation in North Carolina's Public Education System. Vision Statement To establish North Carolina as a leader in public education by significantly improving teacher retention and compensation, thereby attracting and maintaining the highest caliber of educators. 1. Comprehensive Compensation Review and Reform Salary Benchmarking Conduct a comparative analysis of teacher salaries against national standards in neighboring states to establish competitive pay scales. Structured pay increases Develop a clear, consistent plan for annual salary increments based on experience, qualifications and performance. Incentives for advanced qualifications Provide additional compensation for teachers who attain higher degrees or specialized certifications. 2. Enhanced Benefits and Support Systems Health and Retirement Benefits Improve the health insurance and retirement plans available to teachers, ensuring they are among the best in the public sector. Mental Health and Wellness Programs Implement comprehensive wellness programs, including access to mental health services, stress management workshops and fitness facilities.

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3. Professional Development and Career Growth Continuing education opportunities Facilitate and fund opportunities for teachers to engage in an ongoing professional development conferences and further education. Leadership and Specialization Tracks Create clear career pathways for teachers seeking leadership roles or specialized teaching positions. Mentorship Programs Establish mentorship programs pairing experienced teachers with newcomers to support their professional growth and integration into the school community. 4. Improved Working Conditions Class Size Reduction Aim to reduce class sizes to allow for more individualized attention and a manageable workload for teachers. Resource Allocation Ensure adequate supplies, technology and support staff are available to teachers, reducing out-of-pocket expenses and administrative burdens.

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5. Recognition and Appreciation Initiatives Awards and Acknowledgements Develop a system to regularly recognize and celebrate teachers for their contributions and achievements. Community Engagement Foster a culture of respect and appreciation for teachers within the wider community. 6. Feedback and Responsive Policy Making Regular Surveys and Feedback Mechanisms Implement regular surveys to gather feedback from teachers on their needs, challenges and satisfaction levels. Policy Adaptation Use feedback to continuously adapt and refine policies related to teacher retention and compensation. 7. Advocacy and Legislative Efforts Policy Advocacy Collaborate with lawmakers to advocate for increased education funding and teacher-friendly policies at the state level. Public Awareness Campaigns Launch campaigns to raise public awareness about the importance of investing in teachers and education. Partnership and Collaboration Engage with educators' unions. Work closely with teachers' unions and associations to understand their perspectives and collaborate on solutions. Community and Business Partnerships Build partnerships with local businesses and community organizations to support education and teacher initiatives. Conclusion this strategic plan aims to create a nurturing, rewarding and sustainable environment for teachers in North Carolina. By investing in our educators through competitive compensation, professional growth opportunities and supportive work environments, we not only enrich their careers, but we also enhance the quality of education for all students across the state.

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Strategic Plan for Implementing Universal Pre-Kindergarten in North Carolina's Public Education System. Vision Statement to establish a comprehensive, high-quality universal pre-kindergarten program accessible to every child in North Carolina, providing a strong foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. 1. Infrastructure and Capacity Building Facility Assessment and Expansion Evaluate current facilities for suitability and identify needs for new constructions or renovations to accommodate universal pre-kindergarten classrooms. Partnership with Community Centers Explore partnerships with existing community centers, libraries and child care centers to expand program reach. 2. Funding and Financial Planning State and Federal funding Secure funding through state budgets and explore federal grants specifically allocated for early childhood education. Public-private partnerships Engage with private sector and philanthropic organizations for supplemental funding and resource support.

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3. Curriculum Development and Standards Standardized curriculum framework Develop a comprehensive, research-based curriculum focusing on early literacy, numeracy, social, emotional learning and physical development. Cultural and development inclusivity Ensure the curriculum is inclusive, catering to diverse cultural backgrounds and developmental needs. 4. Teacher Recruitment and Training Qualified educators Recruit and hire qualified pre-k teachers with specialized training in early childhood education. Ongoing professional development Provide continuous professional development opportunities for pre-k teachers to stay abreast of the best practices.

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5. Enrollment and Accessibility Universal Access Ensure every child in North Carolina has access to universal pre-k, regardless of socioeconomic status. Outreach programs Implement targeted outreach to inform families about universal pre-k availability and benefits, with special focus on underserved communities. 6. Parental Involvement and Community Engagement Family engagement programs Develop programs to involve families in their child's early learning process and provide resources for at-home learning support. Community Collaboration Collaborate with local organizations to support children's learning and development, including health screenings and nutritional programs.

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Seven Evaluation and Quality Assurance Performance Metrics Establish Metrics to assess program quality, child development milestones and learning outcomes. Regular Program Evaluation Conduct Regular Evaluations of the Universal Pre-K Program for Continuous Improvement. Eight Policy Development and Advocacy Legislative Support Work with State Legislators to develop policies that support the sustainability in quality of Universal Pre-K programs. Public Awareness Campaign Launch Awareness Campaigns Highlighting the Importance and Benefits of Early Childhood Education. Nine Scalability and Sustainability Pilot Programs and Phased Rollout Start with Pilot Programs in diverse regions to test and refine the Universal Pre-K model before statewide implementation. Long-term Financial Planning Develop a Long-term Financial Plan to Ensure the Sustainability of the Universal Pre-K Program. Conclusion Implementing a Universal Pre-K Program in North Carolina is an ambitious yet essential step towards providing equitable early education opportunities Through careful planning, adequate funding, quality curriculum and community engagement. The strategic plan aims to lay a strong foundation for the educational and developmental success of every child in North Carolina, and that is the totality of Kenon's website.

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Looking him up on ballotpedia, he was born in New York, new York. He earned his high school diploma from New Dork High School. He went on to earn his bachelor's degree from Monroe College in 2001 and a graduate degree from Long Island University in 2009. He also earned other certification from Long Island University in 2011. His career experience includes working as an Assistant Principal.

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This candidate's campaign finance information for the 2024 election cycle was unavailable as of January 31st of 2024. Looking it up on the state's website, I didn't see any campaign finance information either. Kenan did fill out ballotpedia's candidate connection survey. There are about eight questions here that he's answered. So if you're interested, you could check out ballotpedia. Kenon did supply responses for our NC Voters Guide, so you can check that out on our website in the show notes for this episode or through our Facebook page, nc Deep Dive Podcast. And that will conclude this episode with the three candidates running for North Carolina's Superintendent of Public Instruction that will be on your Democratic ballot in this current primary election. Again, there are three candidates running for this race. CR Katie Eddings, maurice Mo Green and Kenon Crumble, and you are eligible to vote for one of these candidates.

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Democracy is the foundation of all we hold dear. We are better as a community, state and nation when we all take part in our civic duty by being informed and casting our vote. The candidates in offices on your ballot can have a major impact on our everyday lives and can have real consequences. They create and enforce our laws, invest in our future well-being, fund all the things like our schools and roads, ensure we have safe drinking water and food to put on our tables and advocate on behalf of those they represent, hopefully keeping in mind both the little and the big picture of it all.

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Early voting is now going on and will continue through Saturday March 2nd. Our closest early voting locations will be the WE Hunt Center in Holly Springs and the Hilltop Needmore Town Park and Preserve in Fuquay Varina. The main primary election will be held on Tuesday, march 5th. If you vote that day, it's best for you to go to your designated polling place or else some of the races you are eligible to vote for may not show up on the ballot they have available to give you During early voting. Each area in Wake County has all the possible ballots for Wake County Election day. They will only have the ballot that corresponds directly to that particular precinct. Please remember you now need to bring your photo ID. If you happen to forget or have had some extraordinary circumstance happen, you will have a few different options provided to you, but it will be best and easiest and most efficient to bring it with you. If, for some reason, you haven't registered to vote yet, you may register and vote at the same time during early voting at any one of the sites. March 2nd will be the last day to register to vote for this primary election, and that brings this episode of the NC Deep Dive to a close.

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Make sure you check out all the other relevant episodes for the 2024 primary election at www. ncdeepdive. com, apple Podcasts, spotify, audible or wherever you currently listen to your podcasts. I will be including helpful links for each candidate and voting in general on our website's show notes, including our NC Deep Dives Voters Guide for the 2024 primary election. We were blessed to have many candidates take the time to share their thoughts and speak to voters within Southern Wake County. The Voters Guide is arranged by party affiliation and organized in such a way to make it relatively easy to find the races or candidates you might be interested in. All candidates', websites are linked, if I was able to find one. I also consciously chose to arrange the Voters Guide starting at the end of the ballot. So often we are aware of the larger races yet don't hear much about, or take the time to learn about, the smaller races. As always, if you have any questions, concerns or topics you'd like to share, you may contact us via social media or our email at ncdeepdive@gmail. com.

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Thank you for engaging with this episode and becoming a more informed citizen. Democracy is a team sport. Together, we make democracy work and our communities a better place to work, play and live. Your vote matters. Your voice matters. You matter. Until next time, my friends Namaste, the love and light in me sees and honors the love and light in you.

2024 NC Primary Election Deep Dive
C.R. Katie Eddings
Maurice (Mo) Green
Success and Recognition in Education
Kenon Crumble
Advocacy for Inclusive Education and Leadership
Strategic Plan for Educational Improvement
Empowering Citizens for Democratic Engagement