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It takes schools to fight poverty

Assigning letter grades to each and every public school in North Carolina made manifest what educators and policymakers have long...

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A president enters N.C. school debate

The modern presidency seems as located on Air Force One as in that grand white mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue. Presidents...

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Overcoming lingering “semantics of division”

A weekend burst of spring cleaning unearthed a dusty box containing editorial-page columns that I wrote in 1993-94, my last two...

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Senator Hartsell’s legislation points NC forward

State Sen. Fletcher Hartsell has introduced legislation, Senate Bill 463, that points North Carolina forward. The bill contains two simple sentences:...

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Rural vs. urban = lose-lose

Legislation that would redistribute sales tax revenues to local governments has reignited the old image of “two North Carolinas.” The...

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A Catholic voice for public schools

Forty-five years ago, America magazine published my final paper for the master’s degree I received from the Columbia Graduate School...

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Polling and politics

Prelude In the current semester at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I have focused my Public Affairs...

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Looking beyond the horizon — to 2060

Elected officials, especially lawmakers, regularly get denounced for short-range vision. And for sure, there’s some truth to the accusation that,...

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Who teaches North Carolina’s public school students?

Through the budget that it approves and the policy legislation that it enacts, the General Assembly has a profound influence...

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Schools drive local economies

With more than 175,000 employees arrayed across 115 local districts, the reach of the North Carolina public schools extends beyond...

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Why some testing is important

Governor Pat McCrory used his State of the State address to insert himself into the state and national debates over...

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The making of education policy: Who has the power?

The NC General Assembly’s committees layer complexity upon complexity in the governing of schools and the making of education policy....