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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...

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A top-10 state entangled in a thicket

The General Assembly has entangled itself in an uncalled-for thicket. Legislators are haggling among themselves and with local education officials...

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‘Unconscious bias’ sustains stereotypes, education gaps

When teachers and students assemble in classrooms, they all arrive bearing bundles of life experiences and mental reflexes, anxieties and...

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Enduring lessons from a long-ago ‘address’

Promote then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure...

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Schools caught up in ‘decline of trust’ in public institutions

The conventional wisdom – or perhaps wishful thinking – of Washington pundits projects that President Trump’s deeply disruptive budget will...

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For high schoolers, power in the gentle nudge of good guidance

David Coleman, president of The College Board, told the UNC Board of Governors that the university system has “enormous power,...

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A prudent education budget of benchmarks — and aspirations

The day after Governor Cooper released his proposed state budget, a public radio report portrayed his role in the appropriations process...

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Once again, Trump opens up a teachable moment

Speaking in the East Room of the White House, President Trump asserted that “the press has become so dishonest” — and...