Monday numbers: A closer (and sobering) look at NC’s response to the mental health needs of the state’s children
"We've known for years what works in public education, but we've allowed our differences and our fears to stand in our way." State Board of Education Chairman Eric Davis told members the House Select Committee on an Education System for North Carolina’s Future last week that the state must rapidly increase the number of skilled professional psychologists, social workers and school counselors to help students after two years of pandemic stresses.
Reports highlight need for lawmaker action on student mental health
The recently published annual report from the state’s Child Fatality Task Force details the increasing mental health needs faced by North Carolina’s children and outlines steps the state should take to promote the safety and well-being of children. A second report from the Hopeful Futures Campaign details the inadequacy of our state lawmakers’ response. The […]
On school psychologists, North Carolina doesn’t measure up
The National Association of School Psychologist recommends school districts employ one psychologist for every 500 to 700 students. In North Carolina, the ratio is one psychologist for every 2,008 students. Let that sink in, and consider the mine-field of socio-economic and mental health issues children must navigate these days. A higher percentage of teens report […]
Op-ed: If we’re not going to regulate guns, at least do this
In case you missed it, columnist Ned Barnett has a fine op-ed in this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer in response to the latest mass school shooting. After explaining the absurdity and futility of the idea that we can arm our way to safety, Barnett acknowledges that the current General Assembly won’t do […]