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NC policy research center joins education news website

The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research is becoming part of EducationNC, a website focused on education news and policy.

In its 39-year history, the center was known for in-depth reports on a range of issues, from health to finance to governance. It also published rankings of lobbyists and legislators based on surveys. The rankings will discontinue. The center’s archives will be preserved.

Mebane Rash, CEO and EdNC editor-in-chief, said the research center would be the "policy hub or research arm" of the organization.

"Knowledge journalism is why we brought the Center into the EdNC space," she said. "That’s where we’re going to focus. That’s where we think we can make a difference for the state.”

Rash was director of law and policy at the research center for more than seven years before moving to EdNC in 2014. She’s now president of the center.