This was a remarkable week indeed at the General Assembly. It is now clear that legislation supported by Senate leaders would allow public employees to refuse to provide state services based on race. That startling fact arose in a debate over a bill sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger that would [Continue Reading…]
State Supreme Court justices refused to let a surprise snowstorm force yet another rescheduling of arguments in the private school voucher case, opening the courtroom on time Tuesday morning to a less-than-full gallery. Determined to resolve challenges to the state’s recently enacted “Opportunity Scholarship Program” long before the next school year begins, the [Continue Reading…]
If conservative ideologues prevail at next week’s U.S. Supreme Court argument, the results could be catastrophic Thirty-five years ago, Hollywood made the American public aware of something called “The China Syndrome” – a vivid and terrifying descriptive term for the potentially devastating consequences of a runaway nuclear reactor. In 1986 at Chernobyl, [Continue Reading…]
When North Carolina launched its new A-F school grading system in early February, the cacophony of cries that came with it centered on the stigma and inequity inherent in labeling schools with letter grades. High poverty schools whose students are at a disadvantage when it comes to standardized tests received D’s and F’s; wealthier schools [Continue Reading…]
The University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors opted Friday to eliminate an academic center concentrated on poverty and run by a controversial professor.
The Board of Governors, meeting on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, voted unanimously to accept recommendations to shut down three centers on three different campuses – the Center for Biodiversity at East Carolina University, the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at N.C. Central University and the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at UNC-Chapel Hill. [Continue Reading…]