New Hanover County Board of Education town hall: Context, analysis, and fact-checking
Our town hall featured questions for the eight candidates — four Republicans and four Democrats — running for four open seats on the New Hanover County Board of Education. On this episode, we unpack their responses to everything from evaluating the performance of superintendent Charles Foust to funding pay raises for teachers and staff to serious, and sometimes specious, allegations about what’s going on in the district.
The forum, moderated by WECT's Jon Evans, posed three types of questions, including 'umbrella' questions for all candidates to answer, and individualized questions for specific candidates generated from the three newsrooms and from the audience and public. Reporters Rachel Keith (WHQR), Michael Praats (WECT), and Brenna Flanagan posed those candidate-specific questions.
Rachel Keith joins us for this episode to provide analysis and context to the candidates' responses.
Below: Watch the town hall
- NHCS board candidates discuss district leadership, staff pay, and curriculum
- The Newsroom: Unpacking this week's Board of Education candidate town hall
- NHCSO investigated schools for ‘obscene and pornographic’ books, DA found no unlawful content
- Some call it 'teaching history,' others call it 'indoctrination,' and the fight is far from over
- How social-emotional learning became a frontline in the battle against CRT
Editor's note: This podcast has been corrected to clarify the occupations of candidates Melissa Mason and Pat Bradford.