Amplifying teacher voice in education policy discussions: The case of North Carolina

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Brandi Hinnant-Crawford

Abstract: The researcher of this disquisition will examine teachers’ beliefs in their ability to advocate for the profession as well as, can be extended to serve as a vehicle for teachers to dialogue with state policymakers. , exclusively using technology. Tar Heel Teachers at Home is a North Carolina interview series that is hosted by a panel of educators. The series is focused on engaging North Carolinians in conversations around education. Most of the decision makers who have appeared on the show have been individuals with local jurisdiction such as system superintendents and school board members. Members of the General Assembly represent less than 7% of featured guests on the program since it was launched in 2019. Since 2010, North Carolina’s educational landscape has been most impacted by laws that were initiated by the General Assembly. Career status protections have been abolished, compensation for advanced degrees have been terminated, the cap on the number of charter schools has been lifted, and the private school voucher program has been expanded (Parmenter, 2019). These wholesale changes to public education affect collective teacher perception of the profession as well as their ability to have a positive impact. The General Assembly should be a central component because of its influence in the state. Throughout the close examination of this problem, all featured guests on Tar Heel Teachers at Home will be members of the General Assembly (NC House of Representatives & NC Senators). Participants will be invited to interact with the General Assembly across multiple technology avenues. Teacher voice is not totally absence from educational policy discussions in North Carolina. However, there is a need to amplify teacher voice because more and more decisions are being made at the local, district, and state levels that could impact students in a more positive way if teacher voice was included and taken into consideration. The purpose of this improvement initiative was to improve school climate, positively impact student achievement, and reduce teacher turnover. Research shows that there are major benefits for schools in these three areas when teachers are included in the decision-making process (Kahlenburg and Potter, 2018).

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Educational leadership
Policy sciences
Education and state

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