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

Molly Osborne is the Director of Policy 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.  In her third year of teaching, she designed and implemented a blended learning pilot program at her school.

Molly received a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2017. During the summer between her two years of graduate school, she interned for EducationNC and researched home schooling in North Carolina.

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Looking back to look forward: Exploring the future of community colleges

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Causes and consequences of student absenteeism: An interview with Michael Gottfried and Ethan Hutt

If you have been following education policy over the last few years, you probably have noticed the term “chronic absenteeism”...

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AskNC: Why does North Carolina tax the pensions of some military retirees?

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Moving towards collective leadership

A few weeks ago, I saw a commercial for NBC’s new show, Rise, which stars Josh Radnor as a drama teacher who...

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Building community one bus ride at a time

“What did my child do?” For most parents, getting a phone call from their child’s school is bad news. When...

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NEA rankings are in: Where North Carolina falls on teacher pay and per-pupil spending

North Carolina’s average teacher pay is estimated to cross the $50,000 mark this year, according to a new report from...

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Finance reform task force discusses student-based funding formulas

How states fund education is complex and has consequences for equity and innovation in schools. North Carolina’s funding system is...

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AskNC: What percentage of lottery money goes to education?

In 2005, Governor Mike Easley signed into law the North Carolina State Lottery Act and the 2005 Appropriations Act, creating...

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How are North Carolina’s children doing? It depends where they live.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, so this week we take a look at how North Carolina’s children are faring....

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Five innovative school programs present to district division committee

The Joint Legislative Study Committee on the Division of Local School Administrative Units met Wednesday to hear from representatives of...

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AskNC: Why are the lieutenant governor and governor elected separately?

Since the creation of the office of lieutenant governor in 1868, voters have elected the governor and lieutenant governor separately...

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Research on optimal school district size provides few answers for district division committee

“We know enough to know that we don’t really know.” That is how Representative Bill Brawley (R-Mecklenburg) summarized the third...