November 6, 2020

Need to know: COVID-19

Election 2020

Well, I said last week that we may not know the winner of the 2020 presidential election by the time this newsletter goes out today. That remains true for North Carolina’s presidential and U.S. Senate results, which we likely will not know for certain until final absentee and provisional ballots are counted Nov. 13. As of this writing, Joe Biden is leading in Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, and Pennsylvania, but there are still ballots to be counted.

We do know that Gov. Cooper gets four more years, Mark Robinson will be the next lieutenant governor, the Republicans have maintained control of the General Assembly, and Catherine Truitt will be our next state superintendent of education. For the races most important for the state’s education systems, see this county-by-county breakdown of results, including county commissioners and school board.

The other 49

While K-12 and community college education measures on the ballot this election had a few wins (Arizona approved a tax on the state’s highest earners to fund educator salary increases), they also suffered defeat (California’s rejection of a measure that would have generated additional funding for K-12 schools and community colleges). One education issue, however, did well in states and cities across the country this election: expanding access to pre-K.

Join us for a conversation with Paul Tough

Is postsecondary education the powerful engine of American social mobility it once was? How can community colleges help people improve their lives and gain meaningful, family-sustaining employment?

Join us on Tuesday, November 10 from 9:30-10:45 a.m. for a conversation with best-selling author Paul Tough on his latest book, The Years that Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us.

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  • Remote education is rife with threats to student privacy

    The Conversation | 11/06/2020

  • Artificial intelligence model detects asymptomatic Covid-19 infections through cellphone-recorded coughs

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  • After Historic Early Voting Surge, Fewer Hiccups on Election Day

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  • The alarming rise in for-profit college enrollment

    Brookings Institute | 11/02/2020

  • Duke study finds high PFAS levels in Pittsboro residents’ blood

    North Carolina Health News | 10/29/2020

  • Looking at E-Cigarette Usage in North Carolina

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