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Liz Bell is a reporter for EducationNC. She grew up in Hickory and went to Fred T. Foard High School. Liz is a 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. In her free time, she likes to travel and watch too many movies.

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State superintendent candidates talk about early learning, race in North Carolina schools

The learning and development of the state’s youngest students was at the heart of a debate among North Carolina state...

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Universal pre-K means more gains for all children, a study finds. What does that mean for North Carolina?

Universal public pre-K programs — programs with no requirement other than age — make a bigger difference in students’ academic...

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How do you prepare early educators to navigate students’ trauma — and their own?

Trauma can have lasting effects on the minds and lives of young children and those that care for them. That’s...

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For the first time since March, a council working to bridge the worlds of early childhood and early elementary education...

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For more than a year, the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education has been tackling a central question...

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Legal fight over K-3 reading tool just beginning

The controversy surrounding the state’s choice on how to assess K-3 readers is far from over. Department of Information Technology...

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When newborn’s dad gets time off, mom gets surprising benefits, a study finds

Flexible paid leave for fathers has “positive spillover effects” on the physical and mental health of mothers in the months...

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Is early childhood education a viable career option for community college students?

As the importance of early childhood education has become a rare bipartisan agreement in recent years, many early educators still...