A public education should be the ultimate opportunity for every child in North Carolina, no matter what neighborhood they live in, or what they want to be when they grow up. That can't happen without smart, equitable re-investment in our diverse school communities."
WHO IS JEN MANGRUM?
Dr. Jen Mangrum is a native North Carolinian and the daughter of two elementary school teachers. Jen studied Elementary Education at UNC-Wilmington before obtaining her Masters in Early Childhood Education from East Carolina University. Jen spent fourteen years teaching elementary in Onslow and Guilford Counties, then continued on to receive her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from UNC-Greensboro. In 2004, Jen started the Elementary Education program at NC State University. Jen is now a professor at UNCG, preparing future teachers in the School of Education. Learn more about Jen's experiences here.
Jen has spent the majority of her life in public school classrooms, and she wouldn't have it any other way. Jen's number-one priority is to protect our schools from corrosive private interests, and legislators who would deny some children their constitutional right to a free, high-quality education. For Jen, public education is nothing less than a pillar of democracy.
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Jen knows public education is the best choice for everyone, because public education is public empowerment!
Jen knows that robust, equitable investment in our public education system — as well as a genuine, statewide commitment to the empowerment of ALL students, educators, and school personnel — is absolutely necessary to ensure shared social progress in North Carolina. A free, high-quality public education is every child's constitutional right, but not only that; free, high-quality public education is a necessary investment in democracy and our collective future. Public education is a universal solution to widespread disinformation, disengagement, and division.
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The North Carolina Democratic Primary is March 3, 2020!
Public education is BIPARTISAN! If you are a registered Democrat, you can support Jen by voting in the DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY on MARCH 3RD, 2020. If you are unaffiliated, you can ask a pollster for a Democratic ballot and vote for Jen (if you do this, you cannot vote in the Republican primary, but you can vote however you like in the general election). If you are a registered Republican, consider changing your affiliation to vote for Jen in the Democratic primary! :-)
If Jen wins the primary, EVERYONE in North Carolina can vote for Jen in the General Election on November 3, 2020. The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is 25 days before the date of an election.
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