Perspective | Community colleges are the key to North Carolina’s ambitious new education goal

The past year has brought new ambition, support, and momentum for the NC Community College System. First, after months of...

Perspective | What we have learned about North Carolina community colleges by hitting the road

I started my career rooted in a 130-year-old retail company in the Southeast. The experience of owning a family business...

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Preschool and kindergarten teachers don’t talk very often. The state is trying to change that.

Over the last two years, state employees from both the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department...

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Perspective | An ‘E(race)ing’ report to move North Carolina forward

Chart-by-chart, day-by-day over three weeks in August, EducationNC rolled out the findings and analysis of an impressive study of access...

E(race)ing Inequities | Racial equity in North Carolina’s schools, a story of accumulated disadvantage

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

Deep Roots: A profile featuring Norman Cherry

The Center for Racial Equity in Education (CREED) has recently released “E(race)ing Inequities” — an analysis of the state of...

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J.T. Barber Elementary welcomes Gov. Cooper as impact from Florence lingers

Situated at the convergence of the Trent and Neuse Rivers, New Bern was particularly vulnerable to storm surge and prolonged...

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‘It just was the perfect bridge’ — Burlington teacher starts kindergarten boot camp for incoming students, parents

Four weeks before school let out last spring, Melissa Blum, a kindergarten teacher at Highland Elementary in Burlington, started meeting...

Teacher resources and more as the school year gets underway

E(race)ing Inequities | How race influences who plans on going to college

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

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Republicans avoid amendments on school employee pay raise bill

A bill that would give non-certified public school employees pay raises was supposed to be heard on the House floor...

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We can’t talk about attainment without talking about race

On Aug. 20, educators, business leaders, policymakers, and philanthropists gathered in Durham for the North Carolina Chamber’s annual Education and...

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How an ‘authentic work coach’ is transforming one renewal district school

Anthony Johnson may well be the only educator in North Carolina with the job title, “Authentic Work Coach.” A recent...

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Perspective | Here’s what it looks like to facilitate math instruction in today’s classrooms

Recent discussions about mathematics instruction in North Carolina have highlighted the idea that instead of listening to lectures, students in...

As the new school year begins, thinking about attendance!

E(race)ing Inequities | The influence of race on SAT scores

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

E(race)ing Inequities | How does race influence ACT scores?

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

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Maiden High School holds vaping information session for Catawba faculty

On Aug. 15, 120 middle and high school faculty from Catawba County Schools gathered in the Maiden High School auditorium...

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Perspective | Charter schools are the solution — not the problem — to our inequitable education system

Throughout our nation’s history, there have been few facets of American society more inequitable than education. For centuries, because of...

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Legislative maneuvering starts moving the budget, but no teacher salaries yet

The House pushed a budget-related bill today that would provide salary increases to non-certified public school employees, but the legislation...

Question of the Week – August 27th

One year ago, Hurricane Florence was born off the coast of Africa. At the same time, millions of parents were...

Awake58: From community college to NASA. And a way forward on the state budget?

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  From...

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Johnson’s deal to implement Istation despite stay

Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson signed an agreement today to get around a stay that’s delaying the implementation of...

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Attorney General Stein files 8 more e-cigarette lawsuits

Attorney General Josh Stein announced eight lawsuits against eight separate e-cigarette companies on Tuesday: Beard Vape, Direct eLiquid, Electric Lotus,...

Special update from Alex on testing

E(race)ing Inequities | Students of color less likely to earn industry-recognized certificate than white peers, report finds

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

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Alamance Career Accelerator Program signs 10 new apprentices

The Alamance Career Accelerator Program (CAP) honored 10 students in a signing ceremony last week. High school students, along with...

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Forsyth Tech camp inspires pipeline for underrepresented minorities in STEM

It was during a presentation by Kristen Nicholson, a biomechanist and assistant professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine, that...

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Perspective | Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Interview with James E. Ford, executive director of CREED (Center for Racial Equity in Education)

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

Statement from Superintendent Mark Johnson regarding NC DIT injunction

Superintendent Mark Johnson issued the following statement last week about the Department of Information Technology stay on the implementation of...

Who should decide when school starts?

A handful of school districts are bucking the state law that says North Carolina schools can’t start earlier than the...

Welcome back to school, North Carolina!

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The latest twists and turns in the Istation saga

Last week brought word of a possible budget solution, the Istation implementation controversy boiling over in interesting ways, and hints...

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Perspective | Education Matters – Innovative public schools

Topic: Innovative Public Schools While school choice and education privatization efforts grab headlines and generate a great deal of activity...

Podcast | What’s next for James Ford and CREED, the Center for Racial Equity in Education

In the latest episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with James Ford, executive director of the Center for Racial...

E(race)ing Inequities | Test scores and race, a familiar story

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

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As school starts back, what does it mean to be ready for kindergarten?

In North Carolina, 43% of 4-year-olds are in some form of licensed child care, whether it is public or private....

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Welcome to Early Bird

Last summer, I started visiting eastern North Carolina and spending time in kindergarten classes. Today, I am launching Early Bird,...

Governor Cooper meets Finish Line Grant recipients, hears success stories

The following is a press release from Governor Roy Cooper Governor Roy Cooper visited Southwestern Community College in Sylva Thursday...

School lunches, school buses, and all things back to school

E(race)ing Inequities | The intersection of race and grade point average in NC schools

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

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Perspective | Finish Line Grant helps community college students

Vida Marie Otero was closing in on her college degree when life got very complicated. With the increasing demands of...

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Perspective | Community college ad campaign seeks to boost NC workforce

More North Carolinians need education beyond high school to prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Recently, leaders in...

NC STEM Center e-update: Singapore Mathematics, PRISM and STEM Events

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

E(race)ing Inequities | How access to Advanced Placement courses breaks down by race

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

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Here is how three Rowan-Salisbury schools will transform in renewal school district

The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education approved three more school plans for its renewal school district and heard 10 new proposals...

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Perspective | Want better health outcomes for kids? The American Academy of Pediatrics says combat racism with diverse books.

As anyone who has ever read Goodnight Moon to a toddler knows, shared reading is a magical activity. It helps...

EducationNext poll is out!

E(race)ing Inequities | Students of color take fewer honors courses than white peers, new report finds

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

Through the eyes of our students: Hispanic student on helping other minority students with high school success

Neidy Valeria Estrada Olmeda, a rising senior at Sanderson High School in Raleigh, said she arrived at high school with...

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Will state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson run again?

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson hasn’t yet made it known whether he will run again for his position...

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Perspective | Charter schools about choice, not segregation

I’m growing increasingly uncomfortable with the continued dialogue on the notion that “charter schools cause segregation,” an unintended consequence of...

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Awake58: What happens to your local community college if the state doesn’t pass a budget?

Awake58: What happens to your local community college if the state doesn’t pass a budget? This is a copy of...

Question of the Week – August 20th

In 2013, a state law went into effect that regulates when schools start and end. The law requires that schools...

Robeson Consolidation

This summer, Public Schools of Robeson County voted to consolidate public schools in order to close five schools with decreasing...

NC Chamber holding Education & Workforce Conference today!

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Perspective | Regional teachers of the year jump for a cause

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. I...

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From community college to NASA

Isaac Mayle was 12 years old when he saw his first shuttle launch on a family trip to Florida. “I...

E(race)ing Inequities | The intersection of race and special education

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

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What state Superintendent Mark Johnson has to say about Istation

State Superintendent Mark Johnson sent the following email to teachers today, addressing the controversy over the pick of Istation to...

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces additional funds and devices to support K-3 literacy through personalized learning across the state

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools State Superintendent Mark Johnson has announced today that the Department of Public Instruction is...

The impact of race on coursework

E(race)ing Inequities | How race influences who is designated ‘gifted’ in North Carolina

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

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Educator prep sanctions, community college board chair sets the tone, and more…

The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) is hard at work on an accountability model for educator preparation programs...

Podcast | How does race influence access to rigorous coursework?

In the latest episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with James Ford, executive director of the Center for Racial...

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Perspective | Education Matters – Trauma-informed schools

Topic: Trauma-Informed Schools We know that Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs can lead to long-term health issues as adults, but...

Getting ready for hurricane season

E(race)ing Inequities | Does race influence who drops out of school? It’s complicated.

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

Perspective | We have sold our kids too short

James Ford and Nicholas Triplett have compiled and synthesized a great deal of data on inequity in the delivery of...

Perspective | It’s time for another talk about race and schools

Last week, the NC House of Representatives debated a bill (SB295 Standards of Student Conduct) that would remove existing statutory...

On observing the 400th anniversary of slavery in the United States

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Want to teach in North Carolina? This new website is for you.

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Governor’s Education Cabinet, State Superintendent Mark Johnson and representatives from BEST NC announced the official...

E(race)ing Inequities | How does race impact suspensions in North Carolina?

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

Through the eyes of our students: Black rising senior shares how implicit bias affects school experience

Blaine Purcell, a rising senior at Heritage High School in Wake Forest, said he sees implicit bias as the stem...

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A new recipe for a school model: Innovation network schools in Indianapolis

North Carolina is no stranger to school reform efforts that grant charter-like flexibility to traditional public schools in the hopes...

Lots and lots in the news today

E(race)ing Inequities: Chronic absenteeism

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

Deep Roots: A profile featuring Tara Kenchen

The Center for Racial Equity in Education (CREED) has recently released “E(race)ing Inequities” — an analysis of the state of...

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Awake58: Racial equity in our schools, Guilford Tech picks a president

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Click here to subscribe. Racial...

Question of the Week – August 13th, 2019

Earlier this week, we published the E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools report in...

What does equity have to do with school discipline?

Podcast | Equity and discipline in NC schools

In the latest episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with James Ford, executive director of the Center for Racial...

Through the eyes of our students: Hispanic high schooler talks learning to self-advocate

Helen Gaitan, a rising senior at Sanderson High School in Raleigh, remembers the struggle of her first days of school...

E(race)ing Inequities: Teacher qualifications, experience, retention, and racial/ethnic match

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

Where are our children

The following is a press release from the Child Care Services Association DURHAM, N.C.—Publicly supported preschool services for 4-year-olds are a...

Governor Cooper signs gun safety executive directive

The following is a press release from Governor Roy Cooper Read the Executive Directive HERE Governor Roy Cooper today signed...

James Ford releases an in-depth look at race and equity in education

E(race)ing Inequities: An introduction

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

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Rowan County residents explain mixed feelings about renewal school system

The renewal school system is a novel approach to education in North Carolina. The General Assembly granted the Rowan-Salisbury School...

Deep Roots: A profile featuring Doris Stith

The Center for Racial Equity in Education (CREED) has recently released “E(race)ing Inequities” — an analysis of the state of...

Podcast | Examining equity in North Carolina

On the latest episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with James Ford, executive director of the Center for Racial...

E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools

This is the executive summary of “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the...

Deep Rooted: A Brief History of Race and Education in North Carolina

This is the companion report to “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” from the...

Racial inequities in NC schools, by the numbers

Racial inequities are no secret in North Carolina, especially in the public school system. But just how significant are they?...

Perspective | We have to face it to fix it

In the immediate aftermath of the racially-motivated mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, Eddie Glaude, chair of the Department of...

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On finding belonging at the center of two halves

In early March, bundled for the ungodly temperatures I wasn’t used to, I sat in a Lyft headed from downtown...

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

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Heal here first: Notes from the 2019 Convocation on the Rural Church

On the second day of The Duke Endowment’s Convocation on the Rural Church, all of the air was sucked out...

If your child’s IEP just isn’t working — what options are left?

About this parent’s guide: The term “learning differences” covers a wide range of challenges students may face in school, at...

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Perspective | Pediatricians: Racism bad for students’ health

It seems a poignant sign of the times that the nation’s major association of pediatricians felt impelled to issue a...

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Perspective | Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Legislative update with Rep. Graig Meyer

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

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House bill supporting competitive school-based robotics stalls

Earlier this year, members of the House committee on K-12 education introduced House Bill 552, a bill focused on robotics...

Senate passes Excellent Public School Act of 2019

The following is a press release from Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, R-Rockingham In a bipartisan vote, the North...

NCAE asks state treasurer to address clear pricing project situation

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Association of Educators Earlier today, NCAE President Mark Jewell sent...

Tackling our wicked problems

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Perspective | North Carolina: Defend the rights and dignity of your LGBTQ students

The North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program (NC OSP) purports to serve marginalized students, such as those in poverty, but the...

How well does the state fund exceptional children? Teachers say not very.

About this parent’s guide: The term “learning differences” covers a wide range of challenges students may face in school, at...

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Census 2020: Here’s what you need to know about North Carolina’s hard-to-count communities

When we talk about the importance of the U.S. census, we often talk about power and money. The decennial census...

Five charter schools seek fast-track or acceleration approvals for 2020

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools Five nonprofit boards submitted applications to open public charter schools...

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How teachers are caught in the middle of NC virtual public school snafu

Update 9:07 a.m., August 8, 2019: State Superintendent Mark Johnson released the following statement about the solution to the layoffs...

New study out from ECS comparing funding K-12 across the nation

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Rowan-Salisbury to update State Board after first year as renewal district

With year one as a renewal school district in the books, Rowan-Salisbury School System (Rowan-Salisbury) Superintendent Lynn Moody will present...

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Perspective | Is it time to hit reset on public education in North Carolina?

Opponents of school choice can be an angry lot. Their list of grievances is long; they contend school choice siphons...

504s, IDEA, and IEPs ⁠— oh my! How to get your ‘Exceptional’ child help

About this parent’s guide: The term “learning differences” covers a wide range of challenges students may face in school, at...

Question of the Week – August 6th

This week, our very own Rupen Fofaria, is publishing the first pieces in his Learning Differences Series. So far, he...

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Awake58: The early college that didn’t close and the college dropout scandal

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  The...

Reconnect with Leadership NC and IEI — and share some coffee!

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What percentage of North Carolina’s Education Lottery money goes to education?

The North Carolina Education Lottery just had its biggest year yet. The lottery raised $708.3 million in fiscal year 2019,...

I think my child has a learning disability. What should I do now?

About this parent’s guide: The term “learning differences” covers a wide range of challenges students may face in school, at...

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Redefining STEM: ‘Strategies that engage minds’

While STEM refers to the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, when STEM education is done well, it blends...

Governor Cooper wanted to eliminate opportunity scholarship program

The following is a press release from Parents for Educational Freedom North Carolina Mike Long, President of Parents for Educational...

Our teachers of the year are jumping for a cause…

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How legislative tactics almost shut down an early college high school

One early college high school in North Carolina was almost shuttered thanks to a negotiating gambit by Senate Republicans. But,...

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Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Interview with Julie Pittman and Tamara Baker, No Kid Hungry North Carolina

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

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Education Matters – One-on-one with Gov. Roy Cooper

Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the budget passed by the NC General Assembly on June 28 and offered up a counter...

 How to reach far more young children with excellent teaching: Vision brief from Public Impact

The following is a press release from Public Impact When children lack access to high-quality early childhood development, they fall...

Happy Friday, Happy Summer

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Can North Carolina respond to the ‘future of work?’

Toward the end of a column here a month ago, I inserted an observation that North Carolina “needs a stronger...

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Who said messy can’t also be beautiful?

Each Saturday for the past four years, folks like Kim, Adam, Erin, Alejandra, Bibi, Amber, Juan, Heather, Daniel, Mac, Aciano,...

Educators: Share your thoughts on special education funding cap

At EdNC, we’ve listened to teachers, and we’ve heard about challenges they face in schools to provide services to exceptional...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: India, Kenan Fellows, STEM Events, and Astronaut Chats

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

White paper on ed prep released yesterday

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Brookstone graduates ‘giving back’ by returning as camp counselors

Ohana is Hawaiian for family, and for camp counselor Nataevia Dowling, that family includes the students and staff at Brookstone...

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Policy spotlights, skills trainings, and more: GRA and Florida TaxWatch host 106th annual conference

From July 21 to 24, members of the Governmental Research Association (GRA) gathered in St. Petersburg, Florida for the annual...

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Blue Ridge students parenting while in college

Many Blue Ridge Community College students are balancing college classes and part-time or full-time work. Students who are parents add...