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Superintendent Mark Johnson testified before Congress yesterday about how our schools are facing the “unbelievable challenges” of this “unprecedented pandemic.” He highlighted the resilience of students, parents, and educators, noting the 30 million meals served across the state and our “switch to remote learning practically over night.” Where students didn’t have access to the Internet, assignments were distributed by school bus, over the phone, or even the U.S. mail. He said we are moving from being reactive to proactive, innovating in the fall to “truly help every child work hard in school and reach their American dream.” He said the state will invest in technology, curriculum options, and professional development to “empower teachers with tools that support personalized learning for all students.” He thanked policymakers for their bipartisan work to swiftly pass the CARES Act, and he said we will “use this moment to reach every single student with resources and strategies that help them work hard in school and succeed.” Here is more information.

Our congrats to the 2019-20 Kenan Fellows, mentors, and partners! Their contributions to the teaching profession, their students, and their communities will have a lasting impact on public education across our state. 

 

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


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