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Perspective | Daunting decisions on schools in a battleground state

A consensus of politicians and pundits places North Carolina firmly among the key battleground states of the 2020 elections. These...

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Perspective | Crisis opens opportunity for bonds to build better schools

Whenever North Carolina K-12 students return to in-school learning, they will enter the same collection of classrooms, libraries, gyms, auditoriums,...

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Perspective | Looking to federal fiscal power to avoid ‘great harm’ to a generation of students

The interconnected public health and economic crises have locked North Carolina in a box within a box. Think of the...

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Perspective | Virus has widened divisions, inequality, but then what?

The iconic images that photographer Walker Evans published of men, women, and children with sad eyes and sapped spirits documented...

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Perspective | North Carolina’s own lesson in confronting a disruptive crisis

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.’’ The Italian Prince Machiavelli reportedly said something like that, and so apparently...

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Perspective | Realism required to offset pandemic-induced ‘losses’ to education

The coronavirus epidemic has spawned a public health crisis and an economic crisis. These interlocked crises have sent shock waves...

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Perspective | A memorable journey to a first-time vote

On Nov. 5, 1968, I drove from New Orleans to Baton Rouge to vote for the first time in a...

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Perspective | In adapting in a crisis, educators show their professionalism

From the Blue Ridge Range to the Outer Banks, schoolhouses sit shuttered, no laughter in hallways, no sneakers squeaking on...

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Perspective | An invitation to participate in activities of a democracy

The slender official-looking envelope arrived in my mailbox last Friday, a small sign of normality in a time thrown out...

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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...