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State Rep. James Gailliard appointed to education task force

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A member of the N.C. House representing Nash County has been appointed to a statewide task force with a mission of improving equity in education.

Gov. Roy Cooper appointed N.C. Rep. James Gailliard, D-Nash, as a representative of state and local government to the Develop a Representative and Inclusive Vision for Education, or DRIVE, Task Force.

Established through Executive Order 113, the task force is focused on improving equity and inclusion in education and will submit a report to the governor with recommendations to reach that goal. 

“North Carolina is committed to living up to our responsibility to deliver a quality education to every student in every county,” Cooper said in his announcement. “This group of experts knows how to tackle the inequities across our state in order to ensure quality education.”

The task force is composed of parents, educators, administrators, education advocates, representatives of state and local government, representatives from the University of North Carolina System and North Carolina Community College System and employers with a presence in North Carolina. The Hunt Institute, an affiliate of the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, will provide facilitation and research support for the task force. 

Cooper appointees hail from all corners of the state.

Gailliard is pastor at Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount. He also currently serves in the N.C. General Assembly as a representative from House District 25.

He’s a participating member on the Appropriations, Appropriations-Education, Education K-12, Health and the House Select Committee on School Safety House committees.

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