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Last week, Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for public education. He has been on the roads in our schools ever since. You can see all of the press releases below.

EdNC’s reporting is all about North Carolina’s students — expanding educational opportunities, increasing academic attainment, and improving performance of the state’s public schools.

When we tell the stories of our students, our state, and our future, we collectively write the history of public education in North Carolina.

As our 115 districts face the largest expansion of school choice in history, EdNC’s team will document North Carolina’s last year of public education as we know it. And the following year, we will document the changes district by district and the impact on our students.

Your support will help us as well document the role of public schools in this moment – documenting everything from the abundance of choice offered by our public schools to their role as anchor institutions in their communities, from their commercial kitchens to Friday night football.

Each parent who chooses a voucher for their child will be choosing to forgo the investment of local and federal dollars in their child’s education. Our researchers are calculating that number district by district. No one seems to be talking out loud about that yet.

Mostly, we need you to read our articles, share them, and talk about these issues. But we could also use your support. The amount — especially for our teacher readers — matters less. Having a long list of individual donors right now matters more.

For your weekend, take a listen to our first podcast on Papertown, where we are studying the impact of the mill closing on early child care, the district, the early college, and the community college. Ferrel’s article lifts up a new report by Reason that finds, “In per-pupil terms, every state except North Carolina saw an increase in education revenue from 2002 to 2020.” Here is a list of the conferees in the House. And from our favorite mountain philosopher, here is your playlist for the weekend.


These are the sources EdNC checks every day: The New York Times, The 74, Education Week, The NC Tribune, The Insider, The News & Observer, The Charlotte Observer, WUNC, WFAE, Brookings, Education Commission of the States, and DPI’s News. A cross section of diverse sources are checked weekly and monthly. If you have an article you think needs to be included, email [email protected].

Mebane Rash

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

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