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Interested in Improving Public Education?


PENC has an ongoing presence at the General Assembly, the State Board of Education, the State Retirement System, and the State Health Plan and lobbies actively for members’ priorities. PENC is non-partisan and does not support political parties or political candidates. Instead, we work with all lawmakers and policymakers who are interested in improving public education in North Carolina and supporting educators as professionals.

Take a look at our 2023 Legislative Priorities.


As a PENC member, one of your member benefits includes the opportunity to speak to your legislators with the help of our Action Center. Check out our Action Center to find your legislators and participate in any advocacy campaigns we currently have running! You will be prompted to enter an ACCESS CODE, this code has been sent to you in an email. You can call our office at 919-788-9299 and ask a staff member for the code if you cannot locate the access code. Click HERE to check out our Action Center. 

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Bryan Holloway grew up on a family-owned farm in Wilkes County, which is still in operation today. He graduated from Appalachian State University and taught history for nearly five years before being elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives at age 27. Bryan was elected to six terms, serving eleven years in the North Carolina House of Representatives. During this time, Holloway achieved success as a member of both the minority party and majority party and passed numerous pieces of legislation during both junctures. He chaired numerous committees throughout his tenure, eventually becoming a Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, making him a chief budget writer for the state. This experience gave Bryan knowledge of every aspect of state government from education to health and human services and beyond.  Bryan is continuing his legislative work in a different capacity by helping clients navigate the waters of government relations.

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Robert Mitchell has spent his adult life working in education and politics. He brings experience and expertise in secondary and post-secondary education, online learning, curriculum development, course and test development and test item quality control. He has taught and worked in content development at the secondary, post-secondary, and graduate level. He has contracted with The College Board, the Pearson Company, and has worked in advisory roles with the National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). He has consulted on state and local political campaigns and has worked with the North Carolina General Assembly. He is delighted to be a part of the Holloway Group, Inc.



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