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We saved the best for last. Caroline’s first in flight story is among our best this year. Take a listen and please share.

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Yesterday, the North Carolina Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) met and voted in favor of a temporary rule that the State Board of Education will vote on in January. The rules pertain to standards of professional conduct for North Carolina educators. The temporary rule comes after SL 2023-128, which modifies and defines penalties for certain indecent liberties taken with a student and increases penalties for school personnel who fail to report misconduct by teaching license holders among other things.

As a reminder, here is our research showing just how infrequently this happens — the percent is .00030211. Protecting children requires a comprehensive approach across all settings by all offenders, and it requires teachers, parents, and community members to all serve as checks on each other.

Here is your playlist for the weekend curated by Jeff McDaris.

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Educators, I’d love to hear from you over the holidays. Please send your story of why public schools matter to mrash at

And remember the US Department of Education is accepting applications from educators for the school ambassador fellowship program through February 5.

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Mebane Rash

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

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