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A surge in ‘restart’ to remodel low-performing schools

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist The streams of data released recently by state education authorities flowed out in familiar patterns: Another modest increase in the high school graduation rate, a slight uptick in the schools with A or B grades, a slight decline in schools graded D or F, but a…

Guest View— Testing as NC’s main school evaluation tool

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The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gave states a chance to cut back on their reliance on standardized testing as the main way to evaluate schools. But North Carolina will remain tied to testing as its main evaluation tool. This is an opportunity missed – to come up with…

Campuses ought not breed contempt

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Republicans and conservatives are growing more doubtful about the notion that higher education is a constructive social institution. According to a new Pew Research Center survey, 56 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents think that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the…

Matthew recovery is the state’s problem now

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COLIN CAMPBELL Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — While the nation focuses on Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, North Carolina still doesn’t have the money it needs to rebuild from Hurricane Matthew. Yes, it’s been nearly a year since widespread flooding hit the eastern part of our state. Yes, federal and state…

Going back to college: Dream come true or nightmare

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist At your age, could you go back to college and get some of the experiences that you missed? It would be a dream come true for some of us. Or a nightmare, like dreams I still have of being in college unprepared for an upcoming final…

Local schools make the state grade

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The State Board of Education released its “report cards” for Lincoln County Schools and Lincoln Charter School last week, and many local schools received high marks. Those grades must be taken with a grain of salt. They don’t provide a complete picture of student achievement, of the teacher that takes…

Fighting for Free Speech

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist As a new academic year gets underway on many campuses, it’s a good time to ask: What’s the purpose of school? Is it education, or indoctrination? More and more, sadly, it’s the latter. We like to think of our universities in picturesque terms — bastions of…

Harvey provides a flood of lessons for NC

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DAN BESSE Guest Columnist The disaster in Houston should not have come as a surprise. Scores were killed and thousands driven from their homes in catastrophic flooding. An estimated 30 percent of Harris County (which includes Houston) was underwater at the height of the floods. Billions of dollars in property…

Lessons from Hurricane Harvey

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The tragic flooding of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston has communities all over the United States studying their own flood plans, and that’s one, perhaps the only, positive outcome of this horrendous event. (It should be noted that the Red Cross and other charitable organizations, along with churches, are mustering…

DACA – There is a conservative, compassionate solution

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THOM TILLIS Guest Columnist The current predicament facing President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was foreseeable. It has little to do with its policy substance and everything to do with its implementation. It’s a textbook case of executive overreach, the enactment of major immigration policy through executive order…