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EducationNC (EdNC) works to expand educational opportunities for all children in North Carolina, increase their academic attainment, and improve the performance of the state’s public schools. We provide residents and policymakers with nonpartisan data, research, news, information, and analysis about the major trends, issues, and challenges bearing on education. We gather and disseminate information employing the most effective means of communication, primarily through the Internet. In addition to the content distributed, we encourage an active and connected community of those interested in education policy and practice throughout the state. Our work encourages informed resident participation and strong leadership on behalf of the school children of North Carolina. 

EducationNC is our collection of nonprofits and initiatives, a catalyst for change for our students, our state, and our future. EdNC is our online, daily, independent newspaper. The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research is our 40-year-old, nonpartisan think tank studying the most important policy issues facing our state. Reach NC Voices is our 21st century town hall, using messaging tools to connect us to people and people to us to discuss public policy in real time so we can better understand communities across our state. And First Vote NC is our online, simulated election experience for high school students so that they graduate civic ready.

The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research is a separate 501(c)(3). EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research are related 501(c)(3) organizations. They share management and common board members and are thus brother/sister organizations for the purposes of the IRS Form 990. A management services agreement is in place between EducationNC and the Center, and it is independently reviewed and revised by our accountants and lawyers at least annually.

EducationNC is your trusted source of information and the architecture for your participation in a statewide conversation about education and the future of our state. We post nonpartisan news and information online Monday through Friday. We cover breaking news on the weekends and holidays. Columnists and contributors post commentary that may include a point of view. EdNC tries to make it clear to readers the point of view represented. We want you to know the range of perspectives that are influencing the conversation across our state. We disclose when an article includes information about a board member or a financial contributor. Through our work, EducationNC identifies and invests in the next generation of education leaders.

One of the reasons you can trust us is that when we make a mistake, and we do make mistakes, we correct the error within the article, also noting the mistake on the article’s webpage and adding it to a running list of EdNC corrections. If you find an error, email Another reason you can trust us is that we disclose where we get our information. EdNC provides you with our sources in footnotes, links, and by posting source material on our website.

All of our content is available free of charge with proper attribution.

EducationNC was founded by Gerry Hancock and Ferrel Guillory. Mebane Rash serves as the CEO, president, and editor-in-chief. The CEO has independent control of all content and operations. Our Board of Directors guides the mission, strategic vision, and financial sustainability of the organization. EducationNC is a 501(c)(3), formerly known as Emerging Tar Heel Leaders, Inc., and our work is supported by foundation grants, corporate contributions, individual contributions, and earned revenue.

You will hear us say that our process is bipartisan. Our Board of Directors includes leaders across the political spectrum. Our contributors will include writers and thought leaders across the political spectrum. Our funding comes from sources across the political spectrum. On the other hand, you can count on our news to be independent. The staff of EducationNC are registered as unaffiliated voters.

Here is our statement on EdNC’s journalistic independence: 

EducationNC was established to provide an independent source of news, data, and analysis about education for the people of North Carolina. EdNC welcomes and values input and comment from everyone, and accepts funding support for specific subject areas we decide to cover, but will never allow anyone – our board, our funders, or the people and organizations we cover – to control the content we publish. True independence requires clear accountability, and the accountable control over all EdNC content is vested in our editor-in-chief. That carefully-chosen person is instructed by EdNC’s board of directors to develop and publish the content he/she deems newsworthy, free of any and all outside influence. At EdNC, we are responsible to the people first and beholden only to the great tradition of independent journalism.


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On June 5, 2020 we changed the word citizens to residents.