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All Around The Education Bush, The Monkey Chased The Weasel

This morning, I saw a tweet from BEST NC promoting an article at their PR Firm, EducationNC:

The first of @GraigMeyer’s 3-part series on education reform in #NorthCarolina is on @EdNC. Click here to read it: http://t.co/EgUJJVzFrk

— BEST NC (@BESTNCorg) March 18, 2015

SAS backed outfits promoting a series by a Rep. introducing a bill based on their work. Cozy. #nced pic.twitter.com/aYud2h6XRY

— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) March 18, 2015

Oh good three whole articles. This first one is titled, The ongoing search for real common ground in education. I can summarize it for you:

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More PR From EducationNC

More PR from @EducationNC #nced #stopcommoncore Is the debate over education’s Common Core the wrong debate? https://t.co/ncvPlAJioG

— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) February 16, 2015

More narrative driving.

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Dueling #Narratives On Vouchers

Dueling narratives on “vouchers” have emerged in the last 24 hours. It’s not really a “voucher” issue, it’s about the Opportunity Scholarships.

Yesterday, an Ex-NCAE lobbyist switched sides in voucher debate.

Today, the education PR outfit, EducationNC, has the following story up on their site today: NC Policy Watch Panel on Vouchers

Note who was in this conversation — Moral Monday participant, NCAE attorney and newly elected Wake County Commissioner, Jessica Holmes:

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More Narratives from EducationNC’s Founder

Who has the power?

Not the people.

More narratives from Education NC’s founder; skips the fact Education in NC is being driven by business and the money they wield.

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BEST NC Releases Their “2020 Vision” For NC Education

In December it was revealed that behind the scenes, legislators, education officials, think tanks and various non-profits we holding closed-door meetings at SAS, which were being organized by the SAS tied Education non-profit, BEST NC. [Read: BEST NC’s 2020 Vision Initiative]

This series of meetings, held out of the public eye, had a goal of producing a set of ‘topline recommendations’ for education in North Carolina. These recommendations, known as the “Vision 2020 Initiative” were to be rolled out sometime at the end of January according to conversations I had with various participants and with the CEO of BEST NC, Brenda Berg.

January came and went and February is now upon us. I’ve been keeping an eye on the BEST NCsite, but didn’t see the report anywhere. The “2020 Vision Initiative” report emerged yesterday — on the EducationNC site. The report itself, however, hangs off of BEST NC’s site. I’m sure I’ll have more to say on it once I dig into it.

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Guillory’s ‘Nudge’ Article

On January 14th, I wrote about the latest education non-profit, EducationNC. In that article, I made an assertion:

It is my personal assertion that this organization is less about “nonpartisan news” in education and more about branding and steering education narratives in North Carolina with an eye towards influencing public opinion. Time will tell, but my gut says this is a PR outfit dressed up as a non-profit. Looking at their board and supporters lends some credence to this hunch; same people, same money.

An article currently up at EducationNC by one of its founders, Ferrel Guillory, seems to be proving that assertion true. The of the article title is, Why Graduating From High School Isn’t Enough. This article is a fine example of narrative driving. Ironically enough, the article opens with the words, “Rhetoric matters.”

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