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In quest for bright ideas, don’t stint on fundamentals

Classical ballet begins with the five positions of the feet and arms. Football fundamentals consist of blocking and tackling. Clarity...

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Resegregated schooling in a polarized society

When Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the “technical corrections” bill before Christmas, he sent the General Assembly a spare three-sentence message....

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Agenda 2019: A strategy for our most-struggling schools

North Carolina has a name and a legal definition for its most-struggling schools. But neither the name nor the definition...

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On school safety, legislators learn through listening

A panel discussion on student safety and wellbeing, featuring four state legislators, had gone on for 40 minutes or so...

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A Christmas Carol: Education for our times

The Ghost of Christmas Present takes Ebenezer Scrooge on a tour to see how people barely making ends meet nonetheless...

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In school choice, what’s best for all students?

Too often, questions related to school and program design get debated and decided in terms of the preferences of adults,...

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Education caught in a ‘two one-party state’ moment

In an interview with NPR in the midst of the just-completed campaign, former Republican Congressman Tom Davis of Virginia gave...

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For students, a first vote on the path to adult citizenship

In March 1971, with young Americans still sent into battle in Vietnam, Congress approved the 26th Amendment to the Constitution,...

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School day too short, summer too long

Slow-moving, water-logged Hurricane Florence meandered in North Carolina a month ago, and still more than 120 schools remained closed this...

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Power, politics, and ‘education voters’

North Carolina no longer holds one-day-only elections. The state has decisively shifted to an election period that runs from the...

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Through plunge and recovery, Great Recession leaves its marks on North Carolina

Ten years ago this month, North Carolina had already entered, but hadn’t yet fully descended into, the global Great Recession....

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What students need post-hurricane: The structure of school

The letter that 10 school superintendents sent this week to Gov. Roy Cooper and state legislators makes two especially strong...