Landmark legislation will create programs to benefit NC’s neediest kids

RALEIGH, N.C.—Today, NorthCarolinaCAN: The North Carolina Campaign for Achievement Now released the following statement following the passage of the General Assembly’s budget.

NorthCarolinaCAN applauds the inclusion in the budget of these tremendous innovations:

  • The Equitable Charter Transportation Grant Program, a first-of-its-kind initiative, developed by NorthCarolinaCAN, that will help families access outstanding NC charters serving low-income kids.
  • Positive and necessary changes to the new Innovative School District which will help put children attending some of the lowest performing elementary schools in the state on a path to success.
  • Education Savings Accounts for children with special needs, joining a coalition effort led by Parents For Educational Freedom in NC and the Autism Society of North Carolina, to support families in providing individualized education opportunities for their exceptional children.

“This budget creates a number of innovative programs that help build capacity for North Carolina students and families,” said Executive Director Marcus Brandon. “We all know there is no single solution to the problem of educational inequity, but by continuing to develop landmark programs, North Carolina continues to lead the way toward a future where every child can access a high quality education.”


NorthCarolinaCAN: Launched in 2012, NorthCarolinaCAN: The North Carolina Campaign for Achievement Now empowers, mobilizes and collaborates with everyday North Carolinians to advocate for a high-quality education system. We use research and communications, grassroots organizing, and government relations to ensure North Carolina’s education system is excellent for every student.


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