- Fern supports the right of parents to make educational decisions for their children, which means she supports educational choices, charter schools and home schooling.
- Fern helped pass the legislation making charter schools possible in NC. Union Academy honored her work by inviting her to draw the names of their first class of students. Fern is very proud of that schools’ development and achievements and of the tremendous success of the charter school movement.
- Because education is near and dear to Fern’s heart, she strongly believes too many educational decisions are made in Washington or other faraway places that are best made in the local community. The one room school houses of the 1800s had higher academic standards in terms of expected student outcomes than far too many of today’s schools. We must do better, both for our children and grandchildren and in order to survive as a nation.