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 | 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...

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Perspective | Gerry Hancock’s sense of urgency: The role of civic associations in educational opportunity

Alexis de Tocqueville didn’t meet Gerry Hancock when he traveled through North Carolina on his nine-month tour of the United...

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Perspective | Deeper currents at play in legislative drama

The extraordinary confluence of budgeting and redistricting that roiled the North Carolina General Assembly over this week has made freshly...

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Perspective | North Carolina’s daunting education-and-economy agenda

A menacing hurricane in the blue Atlantic and a mass shooting in the heart of Texas overshadowed the traditional Labor...

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Perspective | An ‘E(race)ing’ report to move North Carolina forward

Chart-by-chart, day-by-day over three weeks in August, EducationNC rolled out the findings and analysis of an impressive study of access...