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 | A pandemic has power to reshape a society, and its schools

As I prepared for my first college semester, Hurricane Betsy slammed into New Orleans with 145 miles-per-hour gusts, and Loyola...

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Perspective | Voters deserve to hear more debate and discussion of education

Former Vice President Joe Biden and most of his Democratic presidential competitors have issued extensive position papers on education, not...

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Perspective | Schools foster economic growth, support democracy — and fight poverty

For many decades, as North Carolina’s old farm and factory economy eroded, public education advocates have turned to economic necessity...

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Perspective | A state strong enough to meet ‘greater challenges than ever’

Evidence and analyses have piled up to bolster the case for a surge of initiatives to enhance North Carolina public...

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Perspective | How voices, budgets, and public opinion shape issues in election years

“For too long, countless American children have been trapped in failing government schools,” said President Donald Trump in his State...

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Perspective | Rising education narrows male-female earnings gap

In the late 1990s, education data showed a widening gender gap in higher education enrollment across the South. Women exceeded...

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Perspective | Suspenseful election year arrives in a mega-state

American elections don’t occur in a vacuum. Influencing the decisions of individual voters, the struggle for power plays out against...

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Perspective | ‘Competitive pay’ essential to expanding corps of teachers

In the “consent order’’ he issued this week, Superior Court Judge W. David Lee instructed state education officials “to work...

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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...