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EdNC visited 44 districts and 29 community colleges during the pandemic. It has been our privilege to walk beside you and lift up your remarkable leadership — leadership that happened in classrooms and schools, at community colleges and in communities, even in your homes. It happened virtually and in person, and for those of you who did both at the same time, bless you.

My thanks to the team at EdNC, but especially Molly Osborne, for an all-team reporting project we are rolling out this week to look at the lessons learned from this pandemic school year and how they will shape our future. Results from our survey of you all framed our approach and published today. This week we will look at the lessons learned along the ed continuum by focusing on pre-K, K-12, and postsecondary. Ed stakeholders from around the state will be adding their voices. And there will be some live reporting too from communities in the east and west. Here is the landing page for the whole series.

While educators reimagined almost everything about learning this year, EdNC continued to cover the tough issues, like diversity, equity and inclusion. You can see in the news aggregation today ongoing coverage and opinions from other outlets on that issue.

Alex Granados will bring you all the news from the State Board’s Bi-Annual Planning and Work Session this week.

The State Board of Education will meet Tuesday and Wednesday, May 11 and 12. This two-day session will be held in Room 150 in the Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh. The board will convene at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday and at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Board will meet Thursday, May 13, at 9 a.m. in the 7th floor board room for its regular monthly meeting.

The meeting agendas are available online.

On behalf of all of us here at EdNC, thank you for your leading our students and our state towards a brighter future for all every day.



These are the sources EdNC checks every day: The New York Times, Education Week, The Washington Post, The Hechinger Report, Inside Higher Ed, Education Next, Vox, Governing, NPR Ed, The News & Observer and Wake Ed Blog, The Charlotte Observer, Carolina Public Press, The Asheville Citizen-Times, The Winston-Salem Journal, The Fayetteville Observer, The Greenville Daily Reflector, Wilmington-Star News, The Hickory Daily Record, The Durham Herald-Sun, The Greensboro News & Record, The Lexington Dispatch, FOX Breaking News, WRAL, WUNC Radio, The Associated Press, State Government Radio, The Governor’s News, The Lieutenant Governor’s News, The N.C. General Assembly’s News, DPI’s News, The Carolina Journal, NC Policy Watch, and NC SPIN. If you have a source you’d like us to consider or an article you think needs to be included, email

Mebane Rash

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

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