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Education at issue amid budget and economic rip currents

It is deep summertime, and as usual, warnings of rip currents punctuate the flow of daily news. This summer, caution...

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On anniversary of Leandro, time to intensify assault on low-performing schools

Twenty years ago this month the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously that all North Carolina children have a fundamental right...

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High stakes for children and students in health debate

You would not automatically know it from the dominant headlines and the TV talking heads, but the outcome of the...

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Omnibus budget ladened with more than money

The North Carolina General Assembly adopts an omnibus budget. When legislators give their “yea’’ or “nay’’ to the appropriations act,...

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Who will design 21st century schools?

Forget high school. Or more precisely, forget your high school. Many of us, parents and policymakers, have vivid memories of...

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Bright spot amid sobering news on rural schools

Hearty congratulations go out to the 90 young men and women in the class of 2017 at Warren County High...

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An ‘alternative universe’ required to stifle school resegregation

Four academic researchers from three public universities have produced fresh documentation of the South’s backsliding on school desegregation. Their array...

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Much more to do beyond the teacher pay raise

It is safe to predict today that North Carolina school teachers will get a pay raise whenever the General Assembly...

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Lessons from a North Carolina embarrassment

In image-conscious North Carolina, sometimes it takes an embarrassment to get the state in gear. Consider, for example, what happened...

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Cooper brings touch of clarity to education debate

For many Americans, politics often seem a clash of spin and sound bites, of tweets and TV spots, of obfuscation...

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Apprenticeships: A path from high school to middle-skill jobs

Two decades ago, Durham-based MDC’s first State of the South report observed that “the new economy makes education beyond the...

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On conditions for early learning, ‘the science is clear’

North Carolina’s two mega-metro regions have launched vital, yet difficult, civic crusades: to raise the literacy level of students in...