our students, our state, our future

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 citizens 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 citizen 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 info@ednc.org. 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.


EdNC Staff

Mebane Rash

CEO, Editor-in-Chief

Tar Heel. Wonk. Mama. Traveler. Unaffiliated.

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

Senior Reporter

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 attended Wake Technical Community College before transferring to and graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism in 2005.… Read more »

Nation Hahn

Chief Growth Officer

Reader. Writer. Food lover. Runner. Once named Southerner of the Year.

Nation Hahn is the Chief Growth Officer for EdNC. Nation manages the Reach NC Voices initiative for EducationNC which is focused on putting the public back in public policy. Reach uses technology and participatory design strategies to connect with North Carolinians. Prior to coming to EdNC, Nation managed digital media campaigns for a range of organizations in North Carolina and nationally.… 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 »

Molly Osborne

Director of Policy and Engagement

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

Molly Osborne is the Director of Policy and Engagement 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.… Read more »

Caroline Parker

Faith Reporter

Traveler. Hiker. Sports Fan. Summer Camp Counselor. Jillaroo.

Caroline Parker is a reporter for EducationNC. She grew up in Franklin, Virginia but has traveled to and through six of the seven continents. Caroline attended the University of Georgia and graduated from the Grady School of Journalism. She is inspired by seeing new places and can call many places her home.… Read more »

Analisa Sorrells

Associate Director of Policy and Engagement

Reader. Aspiring vegetarian chef. Yogi. Tar Heel basketball fanatic. Coffee aficionado.

Analisa Sorrells is the Associate Director of Policy and Engagement for EducationNC. Analisa grew up in Windermere, Florida where she attended the local public elementary, middle, and high school. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in public policy and a minor in reporting from the UNC School of Media and Journalism. … Read more »

Yasmin Bendaas

Science Writer and Community Engagement Specialist

Nerd. Foodie. Tea enthusiast. Lover of NC. Forever curious.

Yasmin Bendaas is a Science Writer at EducationNC. A North Carolina native, she received her master’s degree in Science & Medical Journalism at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a Park Fellow. She received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology in 2013 from Wake Forest University, where she double-minored in journalism and Middle East and South Asia studies.… Read more »

Robert Kinlaw

Multimedia Strategist

Filmmaker. Daydreamer. Water skier. Geek. Rural NC born and raised.

Robert is EdNC’s multimedia strategist. He is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker in the Triangle. Robert attended both public and private grade schools in North Carolina and graduated from the Media and Journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has produced video content for The News & Observer, ABC11-WTVD, UNC-Chapel Hill, The News Reporter and more.… Read more »

Rupen R. Fofaria


Listener. Writer. Reader. Runner. Dreamer.

Rupen R. Fofaria is a researcher and reporter for EdNC. He grew up in Garner, NC and went to school at Washington Elementary, Ligon Middle and Enloe High Schools before receiving his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland and J.D. with Honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Rupen is an award-winning journalist and former staff writer at The Orlando Sentinel, The Raleigh News & Observer and ESPN.com.… Read more »