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North Carolina remembers Rodney Ellis, a champion for public education (w/ video)

NC Policy Watch was deeply saddened to learn of Saturday’s untimely passing of Rodney Ellis, the former president of the NC Association of Educators.

Ellis was a tireless advocate for North Carolina’s 95,000 teachers and a frequent critic of legislative policies that diverted money from the state’s public school classrooms.

Last September, Ellis sat down with Policy Watch’s Chris Fitzsimon to share his thoughts on teacher pay, the expansion of vouchers, and his concerns about the dismantling of public schools. Click below to hear an excerpt of that interview:

Here’s how others are remembering Ellis:

“He committed his life to his family and to making public schools better for every child. We will miss his tremendous leadership at NCAE and his tenacious commitment to public education.” – Mark Jewell, NCAE President

“Rodney Ellis was a dedicated advocate with a passion for public education. His devotion to North Carolina’s students was a labor of love. Ann and I offer our prayers for his family at this difficult time.”Governor Pat McCrory

“What made Rodney so special is that he cared so much for children, for public education and for making sure everyone had an opportunity to have a good life.” Ronda Mays, president of the Forsyth County Association of Educators told the Winston-Salem Journal.

There’s no word yet on funeral arrangements.

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