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Teaching that confronts the legacies of slavery

The weekend of Easter and Passover seems a suitable moment to reflect on the nation’s “original sin.’’ The United States...

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Hidden figures

Social media has grown into something I believe none of us initially imagined. The ability to connect with individuals across...

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On the competition

After another jetlagged sleep, Elizabeth and I woke up at 5 this morning for the Duke vs. Kansas game. After...

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Diversity and STEM education in eastern North Carolina

When you were a student, did you see a teacher that looked like you standing in front of your class?...

Question of the Week – March 29

This week EducationNC has a series entitled teaching-in-color which inspired our Question of the Week. Do you think it’s important for...

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AskNC: Why are the lieutenant governor and governor elected separately?

Since the creation of the office of lieutenant governor in 1868, voters have elected the governor and lieutenant governor separately...

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Research on optimal school district size provides few answers for district division committee

“We know enough to know that we don’t really know.” That is how Representative Bill Brawley (R-Mecklenburg) summarized the third...

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Trauma researchers continue community-driven work to disrupt poverty in Edgecombe

For months, Rural Opportunity Institute co-founders Seth Saeugling and Vichi Jagannathan have gathered Tarboro community members, interviewed families and leaders, and...

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DACAmented: Uncertainty in the life of a teacher

In the United States, there are approximately 8,800 educators who are teaching under the protection of Deferred Action for Childhood...

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Morning in Beijing

This morning when Michelle and I pulled open the curtains in our room, we were amazed. Outside of our window...

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“Choice Not Chance” for Wake County’s Black and Latino boys

A local school administrator believes telling the true story of African-American and Latino males is vital to their success. “They...

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Steppin’ into predominantly white institutions as a person of color

I usually introduce myself as a special education teacher; but first and foremost, I need you to know that I...

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Governor Cooper promotes Students@Work week at Charlotte ZMax Dragway

Governor Cooper promoted Students@Work week at the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s zMax Dragway Tower. The program led students through a racing-related STEM...

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We are here and so too are Native students

For Samantha Dale and those she grew up with in Hollister, North Carolina, living in this small, rural town meant...

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Community college system conference encourages minority males

“What’s right about this?” asked Jairo McMican, Durham Technical Community College’s director of admissions and advising services, as he pointed...

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Meet the 2018 Beijing Scholars

Ritvik Bodducherla, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Hometown:  Charlotte, NC Project:  Development of an Antiproliferative Drug Utilizing Ellagic-Acid Loaded...

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Colleges merit more than lip service

It has long been commonplace for North Carolina politicians to lavish generous praise on community colleges. Alas, this praise is...

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EdNC’s Mebane Rash talks about Restart series on Spectrum News

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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Carter, Clark & Hightower

Carter, Clark & Hightower may sound like a prestigious law firm on the top floor of Charlotte’s finest sky rise,...

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Lawmakers hear education-related reports on lottery and resolving funding disputes

The Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee heard reports yesterday related to the North Carolina education lottery and resolving disputes over...

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Expanding educational opportunity in North Carolina

Study Group XVI from Mebane Rash To view an interactive version of this report, click here.

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Why Latinx representation in education matters

“Why did you go into education?” asked the facilitator. It was the first day of professional development during my first...

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Education Matters – Racial disparity in school discipline

Topic: Racial Disparity in School Discipline Black students are being suspended at rates three to four times higher than other...

Monday, March 26, 2018

Teaching-in-color: It is all about equity

Introduction Since, the mid-1980s more attention has been paid to an ever-widening racial gap in teachers (Carnegie Forum on Education...

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Unexpected access to high-quality educators

— Andy Baxter of the Southern Regional Education Board worked with Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools from about 2008 to 2012 to look...

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Colorblind: North Carolina’s teaching force—like the nation’s—fails to match student demographics

It did not take many days into Jason Terrell’s teaching career for him to realize this job would be about...

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NC PTA members sound off on school safety

On Valentine’s Day, 17 high school students and teachers were killed in Parkland, Florida. Since then, students have staged walkouts...

Friday, March 23, 2018

Starting Restart in North Carolina’s traditional public schools

This week EducationNC partnered with WRAL to explore the origins of Restart — a program that offers recurring low-performing schools...

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Big education issues flow out of data streams

Consumer alert: Statistics ahead. Three streams of data, released from disparate sources in recent days, define prospects and challenges facing...

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Mobilizing the power of peers

Two years ago at Greene Central High School, we were seeking intentional strategies to ensure our ninth graders started high...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Four receive first Dr. Samuel Houston Leadership Awards

Twice a month the NC STEM Center provides an e-update on what’s happening in STEM, and their latest edition is...

Question of the Week – March 22nd

The issue of equity has been in the news recently and it inspired our Question of the Week. What do you think most...

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Superintendent Mark Johnson issues challenge to encourage survey participation

Superintendent Mark Johnson issued a challenge to the state’s teachers this morning: If 95 percent of educators complete the Teacher...

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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House Select Committee on School Safety hears from experts during first meeting

Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., state House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, announced...

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myFutureNC Blog Series: Keeping our eyes on the students

My Aunt Millie taught high school English for 62 years. For her recent 90th birthday, we reached out to her fellow...

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Is the UNC system serious about teacher training reform?

On Valentine’s Day, The University of North Carolina System released “Leading on Literacy: Challenges and Opportunities in Teacher Preparation Across the University...

Timing of SNAP benefits affects children’s test grades

DURHAM, N.C. — For schoolchildren who receive food through the monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which day payment arrives...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Is this flexible program for struggling schools the future of NC public education?

In the history of North Carolina’s programs for struggling schools, Restart has a short track record. The program began in...

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High student expectations: What teachers believe matters

He receives free lunch. He lives in a trailer. His dad was in prison. His dad died when he was...

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Tennessee’s ‘Education Governor’ Bill Haslam says public education provides opportunity

Following a business career that included serving as a chief executive officer for Saks Fifth Avenue, Governor Bill Haslam was...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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After years of struggles, more than 100 NC schools hope new program will lead to success

Emily Alejo, 9, had a choice to make. Her school, Haw River Elementary in Alamance County, was offering students after-school...

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Expanding access to computer science across North Carolina

It has been said that the most valuable skills we can teach students are that of problem solving; “knowing what...

North Carolina kids to ‘kick butts’ on March 21

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kids in North Carolina will unite against tobacco use on March 21 as they join thousands of young people...

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Innovative School District Superintendent Eric Hall recommends Robeson School Operator

During a State Board of Education conference call today, Innovative School District Superintendent Eric Hall recommended Charlotte-based Achievement for All...

NC Department of Public Instruction joins with NC Businesses for Students@Work℠ Week

State Superintendent Mark Johnson joins employers, educators, and state leaders in recognizing March 19-28, 2018 as Students@Work℠ Week. This statewide...

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Education Matters – Schools and mass shootings: Policy implications

Topic: Schools and Mass Shootings: Policy Implications New laws are being considered nationally and here in North Carolina in the...

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Restart program gives some low-performing schools flexibility to help struggling students

 For the past two years, some North Carolina schools have embarked on an experiment that could herald a new era...

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How will charter-like flexibility change North Carolina education?

In the latest episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with Ann McColl, the CEO of The Innovation Project. They...

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Writing and civil discourse: A dual opportunity for North Carolina

Over the past four months, I have explored research, perspectives, and perspectives on research on the power of writing.  I...

Monday, March 19, 2018

Public schools ignite learning and inspire students

Ignite and inspire were the first words we saw painted on the walls when we walked into Morehead City Elementary...

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Coming soon: A comprehensive look at Restart schools

Charter schools may bypass requirements and rules that govern traditional public schools. Through a model called Restart, some traditional North...

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AskNC: Putting the public back in public policy

Why does North Carolina elect a Governor and a Lieutenant Governor separately? Why are our community colleges, four-year institutions, and...

Question of the Week – March 15th

We want to know what you think. If students hold a walkout, who should dictate the consequences? Answer our Question of the...

Friday, March 16, 2018

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Charter leaders ask lawmakers for more money

A parade of charter school leaders came before the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform Thursday and asked...

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Council stumbles on strategy to smooth early childhood transitions

Health and education representatives struggled to find a common starting point Thursday as they dove into a large task: creating...

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Place matters in Martin County

Martin County is home to just more than 24,000 residents. Many North Carolinians might associate the county, and the county...

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How strong readers become a strong workforce

How well children read by third grade can determine how well they do in life. But learning to read, it...

Reach Roundup: If students hold a walkout, who should dictate the consequences? 

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK If students hold a walkout, who should dictate the consequences?  OUR PICKS...

Thursday, March 15, 2018

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Tracking teacher time

Over my last 20 years in education, one thing has remained consistent: I never seem to have enough time. I...

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Student activist, superintendent speak during student walk out in Burlington

As students gathered outside of Walter M. Williams High School at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sayer Kirk read the names...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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How my gap year prepared me for college

As I packed my (many) bags to head off for an eight months in Senegal, I wasn’t sure what the...

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One school’s handling of the one month anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting

On Wednesday, March 14, Cary Academy will conduct several activities on the one-month anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. At 8:20...

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Issues of equity, efficiency, control surround district division

Legislators grappling with school district division are running into more questions than answers when it comes to how to separate...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Teachers bring the world and the future to our classrooms

A public school kid — and teacher Andi Webb is a public school kid — and teacher — through and through....

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A place to teach civil discussion in the classroom

“The place to teach students to ask questions about truth and evidence in our digital age is the history and...

Proud to be public

My future. My learning. Just for me. The world in which we live is constantly changing, and the world in...

Input on Read to Achieve $200 for K-3 literacy

The Department of Public Instruction is distributing a total of $4.8 million from funds allocated by the state in 2016...

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Western NC community college presidents discuss educational and workforce pipeline

Representatives from the North Carolina School for the Deaf, based in Morganton, raised their hands to sign for “applause” after...

Monday, March 12, 2018

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Urban Institute’s Matt Chingos explores impact of K-3 class size reductions

In some circumstances, smaller class sizes can have a positive impact on students’ performance on standardized tests Results vary depending...

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In North Carolina, funding gaps are shortchanging students with special needs

Cleveland County Schools’ Exceptional Children Director Nellie Aspel, who is charged with managing all of the moving parts related to...

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Education Matters – Mass shootings in schools: How can we protect our children?

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has sparked a national debate about guns and how...

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Don’t sit and get, give and receive with authentic professional development

I originally became a teacher because I love to learn.  I could not wait to have my own classroom where...

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State Board of Education Vice Chair resigns

A.L. “Buddy” Collins, vice chair of the State Board of Education, announced today in a letter his intent to resign from...

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STEM teachers learn how to take students from classroom to career

“O-M-G!” said Tasha Martinez, a Duplin County middle school teacher, as Lile Stephens from the Kramden Institute held his hand...

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Latest Highlights of the Public School Budget report released

Did public school enrollment in North Carolina increase or decrease this year? How much funding is the state providing for...

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Superintendent Johnson announces $200 for each K-3 reading teacher

As a principal in rural Perquimans County, Jason Griffin said teacher turnover not only affects school staffing, but also classroom...

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Girls on outdoor Adventure for Leadership and Science (GALS) offers new STEM opportunities

Destoni came into GALS wanting to turn her life around. She admitted in her application that she was not the...

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Preventative dental care limited for rural North Carolina children

While tooth decay is sometimes perceived as a childhood rite of passage, elementary school-aged children missing school and causing parents...

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Reflections on a children’s health check-up

North Carolina now ranks 9th among the states in population with 10.3 million people. Of them, 2.3 million are under...

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Doing more to help young students read across North Carolina

Our students need to be able to read proficiently by the end of third grade. If they can’t by then,...

North Carolina PTA Survey

NCPTA is excited to be partnering with EducationNC and Reach NC Voices on a survey about school safety. This survey...

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Judge refuses State Board’s request to be let out of Leandro lawsuit

A judge in the long-standing Leandro education case has denied the State Board of Education’s request to be removed as...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Deadline quickly approaching for SSEP grants

Twice a month the NC STEM Center provides an e-update on what’s happening in STEM, and their latest edition is...

Ann Goodnight to receive Public School Forum of North Carolina’s Annual Education Leadership Award

RALEIGH, NC (March 8, 2018) – Ann Goodnight was named today as the recipient of the 2018 Public School Forum...

Thursday, March 8, 2018

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Firearm safety related to suicide prevention according to Child Fatality Task Force

Youth suicide — the second leading cause of death for children ages 10 to 17 in North Carolina — is...

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School shootings and school safety

After the Parkland school shooting, Americans are questioning the safety of the nation’s public schools. It is an entirely rational...

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myFutureNC blog series: Commissioners meet to discuss barriers to attainment

It’s March and for many North Carolinians that means the thrill – and often the great agony – of playoff...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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Tech expert cautions state schools unprepared for cybersecurity events

Phil Emer, director of Technology Planning and Policy at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, gave lawmakers a sobering look...

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Aviation STEM center opens in Beaufort County

In Beaufort County, STEM education is about to take flight – literally. On January 30, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held...

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A defense of creative writing in the age of standardized testing

Ask any English teacher what he or she could use more of, and chances are you’ll get the same answer. ...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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Understanding the state’s education commissions

Numerous commissions and task forces study various education issues across the state — from the quality of the entire educational...

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Hundreds of students compete in STEM competition in Lenoir County

On Friday Feb. 16, the gym of Lenoir Community College was filled with 400 students and their teachers, some decked...

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SummerSTEM: Changing school culture through project-based learning

On November 15th, my professional Learning Team (PLT) at Enloe Magnet High School was granted the opportunity to visit Vernon...

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Reaching students when they are young

North Carolina’s Smart Start program began in 1993 NC Pre-K began in 2002 Research shows that the best educational return...

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Deborah Lamm reflects on 14 years with Edgecombe Community College

Deborah Lamm will leave big shoes to fill at Edgecombe Community College when she retires from her post as president...

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What I learned: The three components of teacher leadership

As a second year teacher applying for the Kenan Fellowship, I was nervous and excited about the potential opportunity that...

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Education Matters – One-on-one with Lt. Governor Dan Forest

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest discusses top education issues including school safety & arming teachers, digital learning, school choice...

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First lady celebrates music in North Carolina schools

Following Governor Roy Cooper’s declaration of March as Music in Our Schools Month, First Lady Kristin Cooper attended performances by...

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What I learned: The role of professional development in fostering teacher leaders

Teacher leadership is a popular phrase in education conversations today. Teachers today, more than ever, are collaborating with other educators,...

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Florida students stand out for engaging in democracy

The poise and passion of teenagers who survived the shooting in their Florida high school have impressed the nation. In...

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Mixed messages on State Board budget discussion

Superintendent Mark Johnson said he could not endorse the State Board’s list of supplemental budget priorities during the first day...

Governor Cooper proclaims March Music in Our Schools Month

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed March as Music In Our Schools Month in North Carolina to highlight the importance...

Thursday, March 1, 2018

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What I learned: Using teacher leadership experiences to empower others

My Kenan Fellowship has allowed me to grow as a leader in several different facets, but if I had to...

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North Carolina’s school psychologist shortage leaves many students without mental health resources

Matthew was struggling to keep up with his 2nd grade classmates in reading, was sleeping in class, missing school, and getting...

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myFutureNC Commission hosts first listening session in Greensboro

On Wednesday afternoon, educators, local business owners and community members from across the Triad gathered at the Joint School of...

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Republican leaders support Rockingham County volunteer school resource officer program

Amid national and statewide conversations on how to make schools safer, Rockingham County’s school system and sheriff’s office hope to...

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A profile for success: Envisioning the graduate of the future

Here is a challenge: Ask any teenager to describe what she/he thinks about the purpose of high school. The OECD...