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Politico’s weekly education newsletter spotlights the federal funding cliff looming for K-12 schools.

It says, “Federal programs that poured billions of dollars into post-pandemic academic recovery are getting ready to sunset, leaving educators and experts with an uncomfortable question: If spending in U.S. public education flattens, will the scores too?”

The newsletter says, “In several states, the funds paid off.” And North Carolina is one of them, it says.

It points to this Edunomics analysis of federal data, which “found that the increase in spending in places like Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, corresponded with a stronger recovery in both fourth grade reading and eighth grade math.”

In other news, our series on the recruitment, retention, and professional development of EC teachers concludes today. Shout out to Chantal Brown on our team. We would love feedback. Please email me at mrash at



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Mebane Rash

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

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