Ferrel Guillory is the Director of the Program in Public Life and Professor of the Practice at the UNC School of Media and Journalism, and the Vice Chairman of EducationNC.

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Perspective | Wrong time in history to cut back on history

With history-laden news breaking out all over, North Carolina authorities have picked an inauspicious moment to reduce American history courses...

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Perspective | Still awaiting an all-out assault on high-poverty schools

In mid-July 2017, on the 20th anniversary of the state Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in the long-running Leandro case, I...

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Perspective | An uncommon week in the great education debate

What a week. And I’m not even talking about the U.S. House drafting articles of impeachment of the president of...

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Perspective | Social media and the First Amendment meet in the classroom

The year 2019 featured a series of stirring instances of teachers and high school students stepping out of their classrooms...

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Perspective | Teachers as a fulcrum in the politics of states

In North Carolina, candidate filing for state offices in the 2020 elections opens on the Monday after Thanksgiving. In reality,...

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Perspective | Fewer teenage boys playing under Friday night lights

The Maiden High School football Blue Devils made a two-photo appearance Sunday on the front page of The New York...

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Perspective | Power struggle leaves state’s education effort unresolved

The elections that took place a year ago this week practically predestined a contentious, out-of-the-ordinary session of the General Assembly...

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Perspective | Education in a South ‘divided by design’

“Race remains the issue that no one wants to address, even though it permeates almost every aspect of society —...

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Perspective | A single letter grade doesn’t measure up

The release of A-to-F school performance grades has become an annual marker in North Carolina education. Now the draft consensus...

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Perspective | An education summit made waves, now barely ripples

It was a gathering of political leadership hardly imaginable today. Thirty years ago, then-President George H.W. Bush spent two days...

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Perspective | Impeachment inquiry as a ‘teachable moment’

The U.S. House opened a new chapter in American history when it decided to pursue an inquiry into whether to...

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Perspective | A budgetary impasse in stark red and blue

Is it all about Medicaid? Is there any way out? Is there no sense of urgency? These questions come to...