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Low-income students need more support, not an achievement school district

Low-income students need more support, not an achievement school district

The public rationale for many of the efforts to dismantle traditional public education with various privatization schemes almost always includes …

February 6th, 2016 updated: February 6th, 2016. |  

In matters of national security judgment is critical

In matters of national security judgment is critical

The Iowa caucuses are history and the country has taken its first step towards electing our next president. Three days …

February 5th, 2016 |  

North Carolina now unprepared for next recession

North Carolina now unprepared for next recession

When last week’s blizzard hit, North Carolinians got another reminder that tough times are easier to handle if you’re prepared. …

February 4th, 2016 |  

Schools can’t afford wasteful spending

Schools can’t afford wasteful spending

Few stories should bother us more than the ones where public officials spend tax money for questionable expenses when that …

February 4th, 2016 |  

Railroading Eminent Domain

Railroading Eminent Domain

Governor McCrory’s pronouncement that the proposed CSX rail hub in Selma is effectively dead is both good news and bad. …

February 3rd, 2016 |  

The real test of McCrory’s commitment to helping the mentally ill

The real test of McCrory’s commitment to helping the mentally ill

Governor Pat McCrory is garnering praise these days for the recommendations to improve mental health services being considered by a …

January 29th, 2016 |  

It’s government dysfunction, stupid

It’s government dysfunction, stupid

It’s election year and pundits across the political spectrum are speculating about what will drive the electorate next November. In …

January 27th, 2016 |  

Got water? A ‘Yes’ vote will ensure we do

Got water? A ‘Yes’ vote will ensure we do

One of the least discussed but most important elements of the Connect NC Bond package is the $309 million designated …

January 27th, 2016 |  

North Carolina’s virtual charters off to a rocky start

North Carolina’s virtual charters off to a rocky start

North Carolina’s fledgling virtual charter schools are recording staggeringly high withdrawal rates in their opening months. Now public education advocates …

January 25th, 2016 updated: January 25th, 2016. |  

Police body cameras: Sound policies can make them a ‘win-win’

Police body cameras: Sound policies can make them a ‘win-win’

The national movement to end police violence has increasingly focused on the need for law enforcement officers to be equipped …

January 25th, 2016 |  

If the NRA was in charge of climate change policy

If the NRA was in charge of climate change policy

One of the most striking things about America’s climate change deniers is the absolute, near-messianic certainty that they bring to …

January 25th, 2016 |  

Yard signs and State of the Union speeches: Wasted efforts?

Yard signs and State of the Union speeches: Wasted efforts?

They are a waste of time, don’t change anybody’s mind, and have little or no impact on the outcome of …

January 21st, 2016 |  

Inaccurate claims about unemployment insurance changes in NC

Inaccurate claims about unemployment insurance changes in NC

A recent opinion piece in Forbes Magazine wrongly claims that steps North Carolina took to reduce how much its unemployment …

January 21st, 2016 |  

Flexibility and accountability in public education

Flexibility and accountability in public education

You may or may not have noticed but North Carolina’s political leadership has undertaken a fundamental shift away from unqualified …

January 19th, 2016 |  

A message to 2016 candidates for office

Two-thousand and sixteen is a big election year in North Carolina—voters will chose their next Governor, U.S. Senator, Attorney General, …

January 19th, 2016 |  

Stark inequality pervades, cuts across Tar Heel county lines

Stark inequality pervades, cuts across Tar Heel county lines

Income inequality has risen sharply over the last several decades, both here in North Carolina and across the nation. A …

January 19th, 2016 |  

A remarkably productive seven years

A remarkably productive seven years

Sometimes, the emotions run so high that it’s hard to talk sense about Barack Obama. When the President was first …

January 18th, 2016 |  

Will the economy improve in 2016?

Will the economy improve in 2016?

This is the time of year when economists shine – or at least they try to. The early weeks of …

January 14th, 2016 |  

NC Sets A Good Example

NC Sets A Good Example

RALEIGH — If you think government is too large and wields too much power, then you have plenty of reasons …

January 14th, 2016 |  

Threats to prosperity abound as 2016 begins

Threats to prosperity abound as 2016 begins

As we witness a parade of claims that North Carolina’s economy is the envy of the nation, the facts tell …

January 11th, 2016 |  

Some simple and powerful truths about the North Carolina economy

Some simple and powerful truths about the North Carolina economy

North Carolinians have long recognized that for the state’s economy to work well, it must work well for everyone. That’s …

January 11th, 2016 |  

The very least we can do about gun violence

The very least we can do about gun violence

A picture accompanying a recent story about U.S. gun laws in the Guardian newspaper shows a sign on a table …

January 8th, 2016 |  

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