Governor Cooper names new appointees to State Boards and Commissions

The following is a press release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper Governor Roy Cooper today announced 13 new...

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NEA rankings are in: Where North Carolina falls on teacher pay and per-pupil spending

North Carolina’s average teacher pay is estimated to cross the $50,000 mark this year, according to a new report from...

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Insurance mandate for autism services falls short for many

When North Carolina passed a 2015 law requiring health insurance companies to cover specialized therapies for children with autism, families...

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Roundup Results: Do you think it is necessary to continue your education after high school?

Reach NC Voices is powering a survey for the myFutureNC Commission. The Commission is looking for help to bridge the gap...

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Education Matters – Setting an agenda for education

Topic: Setting an agenda for education A new commission created last year – My Future NC – wants to develop...

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myFutureNC blog series: Lessons learned on the road to 55

Like most people, I take immense pride in my home state. Tennessee is home to many who have made significant...

Teacher empowerment, collaboration key to personalized learning success

The following is a press release from digiLEARN. With the help of technology, teachers and schools across the country can transform...

New statewide map and database available to locate out-of-school time programs for youth

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of North Carolina. With the generous support of the...

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Cup or cone? A science lesson for the taste buds

“Number two is goat’s milk,” said Caitlin Ostberg, youth services manager at Cumberland County Headquarters Library. The children in the...

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Beyond prom night, two wide pathways to higher education

Over its four decades on public radio, A Prairie Home Companion featured long-running gags revolving around “the lives of the...

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Message from the UNC system president, April 2018 newsletter

Greetings from the University of North Carolina system, Mobility, accountability, and the public good “Pleased but not satisfied” has been...

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Showing potential, finding purpose

Johnny is a young, African-American male living in an average-sized town in North Carolina. Johnny lives with his single mother...

Educators, nominate a colleague for Teacher Appreciation Week

Thank you educators for all you do for our students, our state, and our future. You are on the front...

Teacher Appreciation Week nominations

In 2018, EdNC accepted nominations for Teacher Appreciation Week. This year, we are looking for creative submissions from students that...

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Finance reform task force discusses student-based funding formulas

How states fund education is complex and has consequences for equity and innovation in schools. North Carolina’s funding system is...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: SMT Awards honor state’s best and brightest in STEM

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

New report highlights where young people face the greatest obstacles to success in North Carolina

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of North Carolina A new report released today by...

Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Johnson: To prepare for 21st century jobs, states must make early literacy a top priority

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the 74 Million. It has been posted using their reprinting guidelines. I am...

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Will General Assembly fix critical flaws in new principal pay plan?

It has been a year and a half since a legislative committee heard testimony from education and business stakeholders about...

Question of the Week – April 26

We are partnering with the North Carolina PTA at their Reimagining School Meals event in Chapel Hill and its got us thinking...

Jenny Watson named AAFCS 2018 National Teacher of the Year

The following is a press release from the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Earlier this month during the...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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Lessons learned: Sense of resiliency and urgency is high for educators

I have been a public school educator for more than 30 years, with the last 22 in Guilford County. I...

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State Superintendent Johnson says state education system must transform

State Superintendent Mark Johnson made stops at local rotary clubs and schools in Western North Carolina earlier this week, explaining...

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EducationNC selected for Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative

EducationNC is one of nine organizations selected for the second cohort of UNC’s Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative.  Nine media organizations have...

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Special Committee on School Shootings plans to address school safety

In light of recent school shootings, the Governor’s Crime Commission established a special committee to identify resources and develop recommendations...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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Student inspired: Edcamp Rowan for teachers

“I really enjoyed spending my Saturday at Edcamp Rowan,” says Lauren Yousey, a student at Jesse Carson High School.  “It...

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Subcommittee on student health offers six school safety recommendations

After hearing from various subject matter experts on student health personnel and services, the subcommittee on student health of the House...

Public School Forum of North Carolina announces the NC Center for Afterschool Programs 14th Annual Synergy Conference

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of NC The Public School Forum’s NC Center for...

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AskNC: What percentage of lottery money goes to education?

In 2005, Governor Mike Easley signed into law the North Carolina State Lottery Act and the 2005 Appropriations Act, creating...

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Beyond the classroom

The National Center for Outdoor and Adventure Education uses the Education Without Walls program to give chronically homeless students from North Carolina experiences...

Monday, April 23, 2018

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Legislators hear student viewpoints on gun violence during ‘reverse town hall’

On Sunday night, four North Carolina representatives heard viewpoints on how to address gun violence directly from some of their...

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Roundup Results: How many state parks are there in North Carolina?

With the sun shining again, we kept things light when we asked North Carolinians for their opinion in our April...

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Work-based learning: Linking classroom learning with career learning so N.C. can experience more

It is a beautiful day on Wrightsville Beach, and a bus load of middle school students are walking toward the...

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Freebird McKinney, Burlington high school teacher, named state teacher of the year

Freebird McKinney, a social studies teacher at Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington, was named the 2018 Burroughs Wellcome...

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Reach NC Voices participates in Teach for America PACE Summit

Teach for America’s 2018 PACE summit buzzed with the energy of young teachers from eastern North Carolina who moved through workshops on...

Governor Cooper details recommendations for safer schools

The following is a press release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper Ahead of the release of his short...

Friday, April 20, 2018

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Beaufort youth gain confidence through STEM programs

If you turn on a television today, you’ll find countless politicians and pundits worried about the tension between at-risk youth...

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Cooper outlines proposed $130 million for school safety and mental health

While conversations around the state and country on school safety continue, Governor Roy Cooper announced Thursday his budget proposal will...

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Computer science in our schools

By the year 2040, 75 percent of all jobs will require a background in computer science. We are working on...

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Whither reform 35 years after ‘Nation at Risk’

In April 35 years ago, an 18-member National Commission on Excellence in Education, appointed by President Ronald Reagan, issued “A...

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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Apprenticeships gain momentum throughout state and country

More than 600 employers across the state pay apprentices who learn specialized skills in the workplace and earn certification through...

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myFutureNC blog series – Educational attainment in North Carolina: Reflections from a rural road trip

One of our favorite sayings at the NC Rural Center is, “When you’ve seen one rural county … well, you’ve seen one rural county.”...

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Tests, tests, and more tests

My son came home from school one day and told me, “Mom, my teacher is mad at me.” I was...

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Innovative staffing to personalize learning: Two Cabarrus County high school teachers

This report is part of a series of eight profiles of schools using innovative staffing to personalize, and will be...

Question of the Week – April 19

We’ve been attending the myFutureNC listening sessions across the state to hear from local communities about what they believe are...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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Legislators push for more training and respect for school resource officers

When Mike Anderson served as a school resource officer, he also coached softball and football. Anderson, now a manager with...

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Three reasons the NC Legislature should adequately fund school nurses

With school safety concerns at the forefront, NC Child has made additional funding for school nurses a top priority for...

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Halifax court case hits state Supreme Court

The state Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a lawsuit brought by some families in Halifax County against the county’s...

North Carolina to participate in national early care and education workforce project

The following press release is from the office of Governor Roy Cooper RALEIGH: North Carolina is among six states selected...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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Monday numbers: A tale of three Halifax Counties

This morning, the state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the pivotal case of Silver, et al. v. Halifax County...

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Day in the life of a N.C. Teacher – Connecting classrooms to careers

Experience the 2018 emPowering STEM Summit through the eyes of a North Carolina teacher. This event was a NCBCE initiative...

NC school celebrate National School Library Month

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools Schools across North Carolina this month are celebrating National School...

NC Teaching Fellows Commission names 2018 fellows

The following is a press release from the UNC System CHAPEL HILL, NC – The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission...

Monday, April 16, 2018

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Deeper discussion needed on schools

Massachusetts has consistently been at or near the top of the list in reading and math achievement, according to the...

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Education Matters – Overhauling public school funding

Topic: Overhauling Public School Funding A legislative task force created by the General Assembly in 2017 is considering overhauling the...

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Educators share leave experiences in response to ‘chronic absenteeism of teachers’ discussion at State Board

A presentation from the most recent  State Board of Education meeting caused pushback from some teachers. The presentation stated about 22 percent...

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The changing demographics of North Carolina, and the impact on education

Outside of metro areas, many North Carolina counties are experiencing more deaths than births Many counties in North Carolina have...

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Roundup Results: What are the most effective ways for citizens to be heard in the policymaking process?

Early April saw a string of teacher strikes and protests, from Oklahoma to Arizona and Kentucky. Teachers were speaking out...

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Why STEM – Connecting classrooms to careers in N.C.

emPowering STEM is an example of NCBCE’s efforts to increase high quality work-based learning across North Carolina, ensuring students are...

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The nation’s report card: NAEP results from North Carolina and beyond

On Tuesday, the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data was released. This data includes the mathematics and reading test scores...

Friday, April 13, 2018

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Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission members debate licensing requirements

Deans from some of the state’s schools of education expressed reservations about a new policy that allows teachers to take...

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A complex South of dueling impulses

The new State of the South report from MDC in Durham depicts a region moving in opposite directions simultaneously: striding...

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Are we having the wrong conversation about student achievement?

As North Carolina school children head into “the testing season” at school with end-of-grade, end-of-course and North Carolina Final Exams,...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: North Carolina students share awesome China experience

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 – April 12

It is finally starting to feel like Spring, which has got us thinking about enjoying the outdoors and what North...

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UVA’s Catherine Bradshaw tackles science behind school-based prevention

Applying prevention programming to address violence in middle and high schools is vital, said Catherine Bradshaw, professor at University of...

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North Carolina teacher prep programs rated in NCTQ’s 2018 teacher prep review

Today, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) releases its latest ratings for traditional graduate and alternative route programs preparing either...

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Governor’s commission discusses school funding needs for sound basic education

On Tuesday, the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound, Basic Education held their second meeting at George C. Simkins, Jr....

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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Committee on splitting up school districts does not recommend division

After months of work, a committee tasked with studying how to divide school districts concluded Wednesday without recommending the break-up...

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All of the children left behind

Let’s talk about all of the children left behind with the No Child Left Behind Act, the policy that had...

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Calling for more minority teachers does little to address bigger problems

Blacks comprise 25 percent of public school enrollment; only 14 percent of public school teachers are black Reasons for the...

Clyde’s Caliente Cowboys from Buncombe cook their way to Kentucky

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools The Caliente Cowboys and Cowgirl, a student culinary team from...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Those who can, teach… and work two jobs

All of the moonlighting jobs came first. Teaching came along later, and I was already so accustomed to them. I...

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Students need trauma-informed care

Imagine a student, let’s call him Jonathan, sitting in algebra class. Jonathan is staying at his cousin’s house because his...

Edgecombe County student chronic absenteeism survey

Why do students miss school in your community? How does that impact students and schools? Take this survey and join...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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NC drops in 4th grade math NAEP scores; other subject scores hold steady

Updated at 8:36 a.m. with a quote from Superintendent Mark Johnson North Carolina saw a drop in fourth grade math...

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Subcommittee on student health: More school psychologists needed to keep schools safe

Schools and districts are doing the best they can to support students despite severely limited school health personnel, according to...

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North Carolina must pay teachers what they deserve

West Virginia teachers got a raise, and which they truly deserve. What about North Carolina? North Carolina must wake up!...

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Education Matters – Should NC break up large school districts?

Topic: Should NC break up large school districts? The General Assembly is exploring breaking up the state’s largest school districts....

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New catch phrase to vilify teachers: “Chronically absent”

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you… Thirty minutes after singing this song to my daughter for her third...

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Roundup Results: Do you think it’s important for the teacher workforce to be as diverse as the student population?

EducationNC recently released a Teaching-in-color series, which included news articles examining teacher diversity (Did you know 80 percent of North Carolina’s teachers...

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How are North Carolina’s children doing? It depends where they live.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, so this week we take a look at how North Carolina’s children are faring....

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A pirate or the president: Career choices of a kindergartener

In 2007, my daughter’s kindergarten teacher gave her an assignment to list her future career goals. To our amusement her...

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Is social studies still important in North Carolina?

Think back to your time in high school.  What were the four core classes that you were taught every single...

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Teachers, students put civics into action

In this era of cable-fractured television, the evening news programs of the big three networks have lost audience and influence...

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Five innovative school programs present to district division committee

The Joint Legislative Study Committee on the Division of Local School Administrative Units met Wednesday to hear from representatives of...

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Achievement for All Children will run first Innovative School District school

The State Board of Education voted 7 to 4 today to approve Charlotte-Based Achievement for All Children(AAC) as the operator...

School Safety Committee to Focus on Student Health, Physical Security in Working Groups

The chairmen of the state House Select Committee on School Safety announced Wednesday members will study student mental health and...

Thursday, April 5, 2018

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Young people are taking action; our move, educators

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” —Nelson Mandela Young people are shaking...

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Whirlwind week

Today, we had our last breakfast in Beijing at the hotel, which, again, was delicious. Then, we rode the van...

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myFutureNC blog series: Population shifts: Obstacles and opportunities for attainment

Demographic changes in the composition of North Carolina’s child population will likely introduce new challenges to the myFutureNC Commission’s goal of increasing...

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State Board explores reasons for chronic absenteeism of teachers

About 22 percent of all state teachers have been chronically absent during the last three school years according to a...

Question of the Week – April 5

Wednesday marked the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death—a leader of nonviolent protest. Recently we’ve seen our fair share of...

Communities selected for new ‘KidsReadyNC’ initiative

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University today announced the selection of Catawba, Chowan, Randolph and Rockingham...

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Innovative School District operator selection hits possible roadblock

Innovative School District (ISD) Superintendent Eric Hall received a less-than-enthusiastic response from some State Board of Education members today when...

Education expert joins speaker’s policy staff

The following is a press release from the office of North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland The office of...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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UNC System President presents myFutureNC commission to lawmakers

UNC System President Margaret Spellings told lawmakers yesterday that the state has to know where it is going if it...

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Updates from Beijing

Day 3: 用夜啼薄膜从煤灰提出稀土元素 (Using Liquid Membranes to Selectively Recover Rare Earth Elements from Coal Ash) Going to the auditorium today,...

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The freedom to lead: Interview with Ricky Hurtado

Ricky Hurtado is the co-executive director of the NC Scholars Latinx Initiative (NC SLI) and a member of the NC...

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The future of workforce preparation

Since the recession, 5.6 million jobs were lost for people without post-secondary education Only 80,000 of those jobs have returned...

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Work-based learning is like a courtship

What is work-based learning? The Lebanese poet, Kahlil Gibran, wrote that “work is love made visible.” Then, perhaps work-based learning...

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‘Science is the key to unlock the gates to a new era and to a brighter future’

If you were to imagine the Olympics for Science with the brightest and the best students, aspiring scientists and creative...

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Education Matters – Spotlight on NC School of Science & Mathematics and NC Lab Schools

Topic: Spotlight on NC School of Science & Mathematics and NC Lab Schools One is a brand new partnership between our...

Reflections on race: Are we so different?

All last week, teachers of color reflected on their experiences in our “Teaching-in-color” series. They shared personal and difficult details...

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Trauma-informed discipline procedures being piloted at Pattillo Middle School in eastern North Carolina

Throughout this school year, Pattillo Middle School Principal Lauren Lampron has been trying to answer this question: “How do we...

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The Great Wall

The day started with the closing awards ceremony, and to my surprise I won first prize! In the chaos of...

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

On March 24, 800,000 people participated in the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. The gun control protests,...