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Rupen R. Fofaria is a storyteller for EdNC.org. He grew up in Garner, N.C. and attended Washington Elementary, Ligon Middle and Enloe High Schools before receiving his bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Maryland and J.D. with Honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Rupen is a former staff writer at The Orlando Sentinel, The Raleigh News & Observer and ESPN.com. His passion is storytelling and shining light on untold and under-reported issues. 

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Full bellies, hungrier minds: School breakfast innovations in North Carolina

Tristan Chavez remembers going to first period hungry. Chavez is a nationally ranked soccer player who practiced first thing in...

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Students didn’t just build their futures at this early college. They helped build the school.

In a school designed to teach students to take ownership over their future, the first graduating class at Montgomery County...

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School psychologists do a lot for students. Why do we have a shortage of them?

Just two weeks ago, after school psychologist Leigh Kokenes delivered a training on the signs of suicide, a student came...

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State Board gets master class in school turnaround

The State Board of Education talked in planning sessions all week about strategies for turning around low-performing schools. On Thursday...

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Researcher calls mCLASS a ‘surprisingly valid instrument’ for assessing young readers

A researcher using state data from the mCLASS reading assessment tool says it is a “surprisingly valid instrument,” particularly in...

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Time for action: State Board of Education aims for more after they ‘barely moved the needle’

The State Board of Education gaveled in a new era Tuesday at its fall planning session, closing the chapter on...

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Here’s how a bill could help students in Ocracoke and community colleges recover from storms

Updated at 9:15 p.m. House Bill 1023 passed the House by a vote of 109-0 on Wednesday evening. It now...

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He didn’t learn to read until 12. Then he graduated from an Ivy. Here’s his advice.

Jonathan Mooney hated school as a kid. He spent most of the day hanging out with the janitor in the...

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‘Separate is still unequal.’ Advocates discuss whether charters and vouchers are segregating NC schools

With the former head of a Holly Springs charter school questioning its rapid growth, charter schools are in the news...

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How will educator prep programs be graded and sanctioned?

The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) met Thursday for its monthly meeting and discussed a wide range of...

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Are teachers ‘talent scouts’ or ‘deficiency detectives’ for minority and low-income students?

As an academically or intellectually gifted (AIG) teacher in Guilford County Schools, Tia Thompson comes across a lot of special...

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When nature shuts down the schools, learning is still everyone’s job

Nicholas Harvey was named assistant superintendent of Lenoir County Public Schools five months before Hurricane Matthew barreled past the North...