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It has long been on my bucket list to visit all the schools in one district. Don’t get me wrong because I love Clay County, but the central campus there housing all the schools disqualifies it in my mind. But yesterday in seven hours, I visited all eight K-8 schools and the high school in Watauga County. There were a whole lot of moments of joy and hope. And I learned a whole lot too. You can see my thread on Twitter here, and stay tuned for a short documentary about the place I call home. It’s breathtaking to watch a whole community come together and figure out collectively how to make education happen in all of the nooks and crannies of a place. Thanks, y’all, for a really inspiring day.

From The 74: Today at 1 p.m. ET, former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings will talk about the challenges facing higher education amid the pandemic during a special lunchtime livestream event. The 74 is honored to partner with the Texas Tribune in support of this week’s “Future of Higher Education” virtual symposium, which will be showcasing midday conversations with lawmakers, education advocates, students and university officials through Friday. You can watch live, here.

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Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.

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