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This year, the Friday Medal is about each of you and all of you and our collective work on behalf of our students, our state, and our future, as I believe Bill and Ida would want it to be. I hope you’ll join us at 4 p.m.

No surprise, I’ll be talking about hope, but we took this moment to think about the past, present, and future of the work of EdNC.

Back before EdNC launched, Nation imagined an architecture of participation and we built it, but YOU breathed life into it. In this video, he says thank you.

Alex Granados has been with me and EdNC from the beginning, and daily he sets the bar for all of us. Recently, The Assembly (sign up if you haven’t) said Alex’s coverage of Leandro “dominated the beat.” His deep dive on the budget and the session will publish after Thanksgiving.

Today, from teacher diversity to HBCUs to postsecondary attainment, a look at the other issues we think matter most right now.

Leadership will always be the most important part of our theory of change. That’s why our articles highlight the leadership and amplify the work of the organizations in our education ecosystem. Today, a look at the leadership of CREED, the Hunt Institute, myFutureNC, LatinxEd, and the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research. A special shout out to the Public School Forum of North Carolina for partnering with us on the much beloved weekly moments of hope. We believe in the all of us.

Our work constantly iterates to meet your needs. And going forward we are building capacity to provide more local news to all 100 counties. We believe our approach to this statewide information assessment is the only county-by-county strategic initiative to move information happening in the U.S. We also believe our approach is the first to replicate the BBC’s local news partnerships here in the U.S.

ICYMI, earlier this week we released a short documentary about Clinton. For us, it’s about getting really getting to know the communities we serve, understanding the strength of rural places, and building relationships so we can better understand the news and stories that matter to you. Caroline Parker will be taking the lead as director of rural storytelling for us going forward.

Rolfe Neill, the former publisher of the Charlotte Observer, taught me how to love community and why that’s important for the media.

We do. We love this EdNC community with our whole hearts. Thank you for your leadership and public service, Mebane



These are the sources EdNC checks every day: The New York Times, The 74, Education Week, The NC Tribune, The Insider, The News & Observer, The Charlotte Observer, WUNC, WFAE, Brookings, Education Commission of the States, and DPI’s News. A cross section of diverse sources are checked weekly and monthly. If you have an article you think needs to be included, email [email protected].

Mebane Rash

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

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