EducationNC (EdNC) seeks to expand the educational opportunities for all children in North Carolina, increase their academic attainment, and improve the performance of the state’s public schools. EdNC provides the state with data, research, news, information, and analysis about the major trends, issues, and challenges facing K-12 education. EdNC is your trusted source of information and the architecture for your participation in a statewide conversation about our schools.

EdNC staff posts 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. EdNC discloses when an article includes information about a board member or a financial contributor. Through our work, EdNC 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.

EdNC 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. Our Board of Directors guides the mission, strategic vision, and financial sustainability of EdNC. EdNC is a 501(c)(3), formerly known as Emerging Tar Heel Leaders, Inc., and our work is supported by foundation grants, corporate contributions, and individual contributions.

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 nonpartisan. The staff of EdNC are registered as unaffiliated voters.

EdNC Staff

Mebane Rash

CEO, Editor-in-Chief

Unaffiliated. Wonk. Mama. Traveler. Farmer. Tar Heel.

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. Mebane attended Irwin Elementary, First Ward Elementary, McClintock Middle, and East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1990 and the UNC School of Law in 1993. At the UNC School of Law, she was a member of the North Carolina Law Review.… Read more »

Alex Granados

News Director

Writer. Editor. Storyteller. Juggler. Husband. Baltimore born. NC raised.

Alex Granados is a researcher and legislative reporter for EducationNC. He grew up in Raleigh where he attended Jeffreys Grove Elementary School, Leesville Road Middle School and Cardinal Gibbons Catholic High School. Alex graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism in 2005. While in college, he worked for The Daily Tar Heel, the UNC student newspaper, and he interned for The State of Things on WUNC-FM.… Read more »

Nation Hahn

Chief Growth Officer

Reader. Writer. Food lover. Runner. Spends entirely too much time emailing.

Nation Hahn is the Chief Growth Officer for EdNC. Nation also serves his community through the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, named after his beloved wife, and a variety of other board roles focused on food-related issues, poverty, and education.… Read more »

Liz Bell


Writer. Tar Heel born & bred. Wannabe poet. Purveyor of pop culture. Over-sharer.

Liz Bell is a researcher and reporter for EducationNC. She grew up in Hickory, and went to Fred T. Foard High School. Liz is a recent graduate from the School of Media and Journalism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a minor in Hispanic Studies. She has previously written for The Daily Tar Heel, UNC’s student newspaper, and The News and Observer.… Read more »

Nancy Rose

Chief Operating Officer

Techie. Number cruncher. Mom. NC native. Lifelong learner.

Nancy Richmond Rose is the Chief Operating Officer at EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. She grew up in Asheville and Durham where she attended Ira B. Jones Elementary School in Asheville, and Lakewood Elementary School, George Watts Elementary, Rogers Herr Junior High, and Carolina Friends School in Durham.… Read more »

Laura Lee

Content Director and Managing Editor

Cyclist. Tar Heel. Media geek. Boss lady. Karaoke enthusiast.

Laura Lee is the content director and managing editor for EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. Born and raised in Union County, North Carolina, Laura attended Benton Heights Elementary School, Unionville Elementary School, Charlotte Latin Middle School, and Piedmont High School. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies.… Read more »

Molly Osborne

Teacher. Reader. Puzzler. Sports enthusiast. Lover of all Southern food.

Molly Osborne is a policy analyst for EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. Molly grew up in Essex, Massachusetts and attended the local public elementary, middle, and high school. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and global development. After graduating from college, Molly joined Teach for America and taught 5th and 6th grade English Language Arts in Algiers, a neighborhood in New Orleans. … Read more »