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Real College: Addressing poverty to increase student success

“Three months after starting college, Brooke Evans found herself without a place to live. She was 19. She slept in...

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The role of think tanks in the 21st century: Growing our communities now and in the future together

This week 150 leaders from Philadelphia are visiting Seattle, and a think tank, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, is...

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Teaching students ‘to engineer is human’

“For this to work, everybody has to depend on everybody,” science teacher Mr. Bawlson told his students as they formed...

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NC projected increase in overdose deaths one of highest nationally

“We have the State Crime Lab under the Department of Justice, and I was in the lab one day watching...

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‘We can’t do this alone’: Takeaways from the NC Chamber Conference on Education

Last week, the NC Chamber conference on education brought together business and nonprofit leaders, philanthropists, elected officials, community college leaders,...

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How hungry is North Carolina?

Despite an economy rooted in agriculture, North Carolina is one of the hungriest states in the country. In 2016, there were over 1.5...

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From tax foreclosure to urban farming: Highlights from the 2018 Governmental Research Association Conference

Recently, CEO Mebane Rash, COO Nancy Rose, and Director of Policy and Engagement Molly Osborne attended the national Governmental Research...

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The village: North Carolina’s overlooked place

My mother is from Ashan, a tiny orcharding village in Iran, and my father is from Chemora, a small town...

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Lessons on ‘Reinventing America’s Schools’

North Carolina charter school teachers, principals, and school operators gathered at the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools annual...

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The future of work and higher education: Insights from the National Forum on Education Policy

The recent Education Commission for the States’ National Forum on Education Policy in Washington, D.C. brought  together policymakers, educators, academics, researchers,...

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

“We’re not training enough people to fill the jobs of the twenty-first century. There is a skills gap. And if...

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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”...