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FAFSA

‘Finish the FAFSA’ makes it easier for high schools to track FAFSA completions

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Louisiana increased FAFSA completion by 25% in 1 year. Here’s what they learned.

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Tennessee currently leads the nation in FAFSA completion. Here’s how they did it.

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FAFSA completion rates: Where does NC stand?

This is the second piece in a series on the FAFSA. Follow along with the rest of the series here. As...

FAFSA completion is key to postsecondary attainment. Here are 6 ways states can boost their rates.

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Coronavirus

Amid COVID-19, summer meals efforts innovate in the face of uncertainty

This story is a partnership between EdNC.org and Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity. Spotlight is a non-partisan initiative that gathers diverse perspectives to...

Literacy

State Board begins to vet K-3 reading diagnostic tools districts can use next year

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson announced earlier this month that local school districts in North Carolina would be...

K-12

Audit of NC Virtual Public School finds courses don’t meet standards

Today at 10 a.m., the N.C. State Auditor released this audit of the North Carolina Virtual Public School. The audit...

Coronavirus

The General Assembly adjourns for now

The General Assembly finished up most of its work this week, but it’s not gone for good. An adjournment resolution...

Coronavirus

Superintendents uniquely positioned to lead during COVID-19, but stress is leading to turnover

Update at 10:100 a.m. on June 30: A new superintendent of Asheville City Schools began on June 1. Update at...

K-12

How will state superintendent candidates work with the governor and the General Assembly?

In a recent survey, EducationNC asked teachers what questions they had for the two candidates for state superintendent of public...

K-12

Audit of DPI released, ‘significant’ misstatements and omissions found

Editor’s note: We will continue to report on this throughout the day and will update this article as more information...

Community Colleges

Community colleges get enrollment growth funding, early colleges get growth restriction

A bill that would fund enrollment growth for the state’s community colleges passed the General Assembly on Monday and is...

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Awake58

How will community colleges handle COVID-19 this fall?

Welcome to Awake58!  If you missed last week’s newsletter discussing Peter Hans being named president-elect of UNC system, click here. If...

K-12

Exploring statewide trends and equity gaps in North Carolina districts’ responses to COVID-19

This data summary analyzes trends in the NC District Responses to COVID-19 School Closures database completed on June 5, 2020,...

Community Colleges

How will a community college serve students this fall amid COVID-19?

Mark Poarch has been president of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI) since the spring of 2016. Poarch was...

Community Colleges

Collaboration, community, and the challenge of a pandemic: John Gossett reflects on his tenure at MTCC

On a warm summer morning, John Gossett, president of McDowell Technical Community College, bounded out of his administrative building to...

K-12

North Carolina district responses to COVID-19: An updated database from EdNC and Public Impact

In March 2020, the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) released “District Responses to COVID-19,” an online database tracking how...

Community Colleges

President Michael Helmick looks back (and ahead) as he retires from Western Piedmont

After 30 years in education, Michael Helmick is set to retire as president of Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) on...

Awake58

What is next for the NC community college system with Peter Hans departure

Welcome to Awake58!  If you missed last week’s newsletter, click here. If you were forwarded this newsletter, please click here to subscribe....

Remote Learning

How to route Wi-Fi for students who need internet access

How do you get Wi-Fi to students when they aren’t in a school building? How much does it cost? How...

Teachers

Perspective | Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Celebrating the 2020 Marvin R. Pittman Champions for Education

Tar Heel Teachers at Home is a weekly videocast focused on engaging North Carolinians in conversations about education. Each week,...

The Hunt Institute

Perspective | Hunt Institute webinars explore student growth, equity in accountability, and more

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, The Hunt Institute is hosting numerous webinars each month to explore different topics across the...

Teach For America

Perspective | Let students reimagine our schools

As planning for the new school year ramps up in North Carolina, educational leaders are navigating unprecedented disruption, with no...

Census

Brief | Getting everyone counted in the 2020 Census

A complete and accurate census count is incredibly important. The census shapes how billions of dollars in federal funding are...

Equity

Perspective | Chancellor of UNC-Pembroke on Friday’s march

The following is a statement released by Robin Gary Cummings, chancellor of UNC-Pembroke, in response to a march that took place...

Equity

Perspective | Student voices supporting Black Lives Matter take on a renewed urgency. We should all listen.

Black Lives Matter. During this time, student voices matter tremendously as they watch and try to understand the appalling deaths of...