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Matt Bristow-Smith is the 2019 North Carolina Principal of the Year and NC’s “school dad.” His commencement remarks offer our graduates purpose and hope for the future. If you have been with EdNC since the start, then you will remember when my brother, the very funny and very wise Jim Rash (known by many as Dean Pelton on Community) delivered the commencement address below at Charlotte Latin. And here is the open letter from team EdNC to our graduates. Graduates, we trust in you to lead the way for all of us.

If there is one EdNC article I’d like you to circle back to and really read this weekend, it’s this one on fund balances. Molly Osborne did the research and Alex Granados did the reporting. With the anticipated drops in state and local revenue, this is going to matter going forward. One district finance officer wrote, “I’m going to forward it to all of our principals, directors, and board members because I couldn’t have said any of this better myself.” Please read and share.

We will be talking and writing about about another important issue — FAFSA — next week. Stay tuned.

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 mrash@ednc.org.


Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.


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