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 | Pediatricians: Racism bad for students’ health

It seems a poignant sign of the times that the nation’s major association of pediatricians felt impelled to issue a...

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Can North Carolina respond to the ‘future of work?’

Toward the end of a column here a month ago, I inserted an observation that North Carolina “needs a stronger...

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Seeking signs of hope for a fragile democracy

In 1930, during his surrealist period, Salvador Dali produced a painting titled, “The Average Bureaucrat.” Dali expressed his contempt for...

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Schools as instruments to fight intolerance and indifference

In my first year of high school, as I recall, a kindly, soft-spoken teacher monitored outdoors recess. When adolescent horse-play...

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Falling short on public school facility needs

Every five years, under state law, local public school districts give the State Board of Education an assessment of their...

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A jolting headline on a provocative education essay

In the online maelstrom in which professional journalism and issues-analysis compete with ‘‘deepfakes’’ and pseudo-news, headlines matter more now than...

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Three Ps that shape state’s education future

As spring morphs into summer, North Carolina enters into an uncommon period of legislative and legal negotiations, with tests ahead...

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Lesson from a lunch: ‘pay them $75,000’

On a visit to my hometown Baton Rouge years ago, I had lunch with my dad and a life-long friend...

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Celebrate graduation, but know high school diploma no longer enough

The late-spring season for high school graduation arrives in North Carolina amid a summer-like heat wave and a flurry of...

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Depleted revenue streams would leave many students high and dry

Republican legislators have moved ahead with yet another major tax cut, tilted toward businesses, heedless of the real prospect of...

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Schools pave a pathway to the American Dream

Five years ago, a team of scholars published an illuminating study with an astonishing map that caught the attention of...

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Caution flag raised on subsidy for private schooling

North Carolina is spending more than $37 million this year to subsidize the tuition that families of 9,640 students pay...