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From  EdNC’s Nation Hahn:

August is typically a time for buying back-to-school supplies, thinking about bus schedules and carpools, college visits for rising seniors, and the first practices for high school football. This August is radically different due to COVID-19. Parents are enrolling their students in virtual academies, wrestling with their own work schedules, and wondering about the safety of their children.

We know parents have a lot of questions, and we’d like to help them find answers.

We are hosting a virtual town hall in partnership with the News and Observer on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7pm for a virtual conversation around the coming school year and we would love to have you join. 

Panelists will include Eric Davis, Chairman of the State Board of Education; Susan Gale Perry, Chief Deputy Secretary of DHHS; and Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Vance County Public Schools.

The link to sign-up is here: https://bit.ly/parentstownhall

Even if you can’t join, would you be willing to promote?

If you are so inclined to share on social, feel free to use the following text:

Facebook // As schools resume next week, parents have a lot of questions about how back to school works during a pandemic. EdNC and the News & Observer are hosting a virtual town hall at 7pm on August 12th with statewide leaders who will answer some of your questions. Sign-up now! https://bit.ly/parentstownhall 

Twitter // As the school year resumes, you probably have a lot of questions. @EducationNC and @newsobserver are hosting a virtual town hall at 7pm on 8/12 with statewide leaders who will answer some of them. RSVP now: https://bit.ly/parentstownhall 


The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) will hold a virtual monthly meeting on Thursday, August 13, at 9 a.m.

The agenda is available online.  The meeting will be audio streamed for those who would like to join virtually.

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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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