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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...

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Teachers who ‘found our roots in our profession’

Let me introduce you to two extraordinary public school teachers, who traveled unconventional routes to the classroom, and now have...

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School integration narrows divisions, closes achievement gaps

The Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education remains familiar to Americans 65 years later. In a...

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Dues of democracy undergird schools and community well-being

A crucial cord of priority-setting in government connects the April 15 tax-filing deadline with the May 1 teachers rally in...

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North Carolina people and communities at risk of census undercount

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has joined what it acknowledges is a “highly unusual” effort by philanthropies to influence a...