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A themeless pudding of an education budget

The public education section of the General Fund budget making its way into law calls to mind the often-quoted wise-crack...

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Finally… a budget. Is it in the best interests of students? You decide

Editor’s Note: This article was updated at 10:28am on September 16, 2015. The conference committee bill and report on the state budget...

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Education ‘polarizes’ legislative Republicans

Americans have grown accustomed, though not really reconciled, to partisan polarization. A chasm on specific issues and in overarching world-views...

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The Senate budget: An overview

Update: The Senate met Tuesday and then adjourned until Wednesday at 11.am.  Ever since the House budget was released a few weeks...

Perspective

Encouraging civic dialogue about our budget

With 2.6 million Democrats, 1.9 million Republicans, and 1.7 million unaffiliated voters, our great state of North Carolina has an opportunity to...

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Three ideas to improve our school budget process

Let’s talk for a moment about the way we create budgets for public school districts in North Carolina. To be...

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N.C. leaders: Invest now to magnify the impact of great teachers on students, peers

North Carolina will never make the educational strides it needs until the best educators have far greater impact, for a...

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The Governor’s budget prioritizes K-12 public schools

Governor McCrory’s proposed 2015-16 budget would be the first since 2008-09 to make public education a true priority in North...

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Top five myths of the public school budget

Ninety percent of North Carolina’s children attend public schools, and educating all 1.5 million of them costs the state about...

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McCrory’s budget includes funding for enrollment growth, new teaching jobs

The governor’s recommended budget is somewhat like the prologue of a long, meandering novel. It may give us a hint...

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Getting ready for the education budget: Legislative changes to the K-12 budget, 2011-15

To think about the Governor’s budget, which we expect to be released this week, and the budget that the legislature...

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Getting ready for the education budget: What you need to know from 2014-15

Between the campaign ads last fall and the negative headlines that dominate coverage of our schools, it is hard to...