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In Transylvania County, the first day of school was on Monday. That night, a contentious school board meeting kept educators out until late in the night. Already weary, they returned for day two, only to be confronted with unprecedented rain and flooding from a tropical storm turned depression. And yet, in Macon and then Jackson and then back in Transylvania, educators did all the things — from diverting flooding from school doors, to stopping the leaks in old school buildings, to teaching which is what they actually signed up to do, to making sure all the children on all the buses got home safely. I watched principals offer to go get water out of people’s homes after the school day finally ended. The spirit and commitment of our workforce of educators is unparalleled and I am thankful.

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Mebane Rash

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

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