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The Belk Foundation released its annual report yesterday. Learn more about their strategic issues third grade reading proficiency and equitable access to effective teachers, two components that are critical to accelerate learning.

This week, Carolina Business Review features SC Superintendent Molly Spearman and our Dan Gerlach, talking education with Chris William. From the battle over mask mandates to teacher pay, they take a look at the biggest issues facing the region’s kids and educators in light of this new normal. You can watch on PBS Charlotte tonight at 8:30pm.

As we head into the week, take a listen to this playlist curated by Superintendent Jeff McDaris for educators across NC. It’s called “The Weekly Reckoning.”

Yesterday, Governor Roy Cooper urged school districts to continue mask mandates. Here is more from the press release:

“We know that keeping kids learning in the classroom is the most important thing for our students right now. Getting vaccinated, wearing a mask in public indoor settings and following the science is what we need to do,” said Governor Cooper. “The faster we put this pandemic behind us, the sooner we can all rest easy and stay healthy.”

Currently, 109 school districts covering more than 95% of children have mandatory masks. That is an increase from three weeks ago when only 74 school districts covering roughly 64% of children statewide were requiring masks. The first weeks of school have brought more COVID cases among schoolchildren, which can lead to quarantines when schools don’t have strong mask requirements in place. School districts should follow the CDC’s recommendation and require masks and keep other important safety measures in place as we continue battling the pandemic. 

“Thank you to everyone who is doing everything they can to help us get through this critical point in the pandemic and to protect one another,” said Secretary Cohen. “Please talk with your family and friends who are not yet vaccinated. Ask them to join you in vaxing up and masking up.”

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Mebane Rash

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

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