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Reach Roundup: Which education issue is most crucial for the General Assembly to address in the legislative session?


It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. Do you think North Carolina teachers are valued?


The State and County overload us with far too many administrative duties and expect us to be the “parents,” psychiatrists, nurses, secretaries, administrators, etc. There is no respect from the top down.
-Jinnette from Fayetteville, NC

I think many parents value us, and they are very appreciative. Our local school board appreciates us and does all they can to offset cuts made at the state and federal level (it’s not enough, but they do what they can). I don’t feel that our state legislature values us at all, and sadly, several of our legislators have said so publicly. It’s demeaning to teachers and destructive to our education system.
-Rebecca from Tarboro, NC


Which of these education issues is most crucial for the General Assembly to address in the legislative session?


The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul | The New Yorker 5/14/2018
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Public Servants Do Get Loan Forgiveness. Meet One of the First. | NYTimes 5/4/2018
Millions of borrowers should be eligible for loan forgiveness, but Michael Mitchell was one of the first to figure out how. It was far from easy.


This week, we had the opportunity to visit Nash Community College and Pitt Community College in Eastern North Carolina. We heard often the community colleges are opening doors for students in their communities that might have previously been closed. One student we met with at Nash Community College was so eager for her opportunity at a better life that she literally walked miles to school.

Next week, we will have a special video series around the PATHWAYS that our community colleges open up for their leaders, faculty, students, and communities. Stay tuned for that series!

In the meantime, we would like to hear about the people, programs, and places that have opened doors in your life. Send an email to, text us by sending NATION to 73224, or tag us on social @ReachNCVoices.

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Reach NC Voices Team

The Reach NC Voices team includes Nation Hahn, director of growth for EdNC; Molly Osborne, director of policy; Analisa Sorrells, chief of staff and associate director of policy; and Alli Lindenberg, engagement specialist.