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The fight for great North Carolina schools starts with the facts. Read our inaugural 'State of North Carolina Public Education' report!

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  • Find out everything you ever wanted to know about North Carolina public schools with this interactive report.

  • Read the policies we will be advocating for as we support great North Carolina schools. 

  • A how-to guide with policy recommendations for attracting, retaining and rewarding North Carolina's exceptional educators. 

From The Blog

  • by Marcus Brandon
    National School Choice Week comes to a close today. As a former legislator I worked hard to bring North Carolina policies that paved the road for celebrating a week like this one. But as the Executive Director of CarolinaCAN I have the pleasure of truly celebrating what school choice does for our children and our communities. 

About Us

Great Schools Change Everything

All of our children deserve great schools, no matter their background. CarolinaCAN is a nonprofit education research and policy organization that convenes education leaders across the state and arms them with the information they need to enact policies that will give every North Carolina child access to a great school. Because great schools change everything.

What you’re saying...
  • North Carolina has too many dual systems of education based on a child's zip code. To break the tradition of inequity and provide all students with access to an excellent education, we need multiple partners who are committed to pushing for innovation and evidence-based reforms. CarolinaCAN is a critical partner in this work. The organization will help highlight and promote successful practices from across the state and country to change the conversation about what's possible for North Carolina's children.

    Denise Watts, Executive Director, Project L.I.F.T.
    Jul 7 2013
  • I was honored to serve as interim chair of CarolinaCAN in the group's early development. Together with our partners, we've built an organization whose balanced and research-driven voice could not come at a more important time in North Carolina. Under the leadership of founding executive director Julie Kowal and her board, CarolinaCAN will help ensure that research, best practices and a focus on students' needs are driving education reforms across the state.

    Christopher Gergen, CEO, Forward Impact
    Jul 25 2013