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On the importance of civic news organizations

Morning, y’all.

If you have a few minutes this weekend, please read Julie Sandorf’s article on local news, our feature read today. “The decline of local coverage—a lack of eyes upon the street—leads to chronic civic problems,” she writes. Sandorf is the president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

At EdNC, it is our privilege to cover our students from cradle to career, from their early childhood through their postsecondary education and lifelong learning that happens at our 58 community colleges in communities all across North Carolina.

“A community is made up of shared moments, and local news is crucial for sharing these moments,” writes Sandorf.  “If these moments are lost, we all lose.” Thank you for reading and supporting EdNC.

North Carolina Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten’s tenure will draw to a close next week. Wooten has served on EdNC’s Board of Directors. Here NC State looks back over his education, career, and leadership.

President Pro Tempore Senator Phil Berger published this op-ed in the News & Observer on November 25. NC Policy Watch published this teacher’s response yesterday.

These are the sources EdNC checks every day: The New York Times, Education Week, The Washington Post, The Hechinger Report, Inside Higher Ed, Education Next, Vox, Governing, NPR Ed, The News & Observer and Wake Ed Blog, The Charlotte Observer, Carolina Public Press, The Asheville Citizen-Times, The Winston-Salem Journal, The Fayetteville Observer, The Greenville Daily Reflector, Wilmington-Star News, The Hickory Daily Record, The Durham Herald-Sun, The Greensboro News & Record, The Lexington Dispatch, FOX Breaking News, WRAL, WUNC Radio, The Associated Press, State Government Radio, The Governor’s News, The Lieutenant Governor’s News, The N.C. General Assembly’s News, DPI’s News, The Carolina Journal, NC Policy Watch, and NC SPIN. If you have a source you’d like us to consider or an article you think needs to be included, email

Mebane Rash

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

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