The Durham Public Schools board prudently opted for caution last week on an issue that was likely to roil parents and teachers alike because it hits them in an important area: their schedules and routines.
Sometimes, two very commendable goals wind up in conflict.
When that happens, a solution that maximally meets both goals while sacrificing neither may be difficult to find. That does not mean it is not worth searching.
Philip Price, veteran chief financial officer for the N. C. Department of Public Instruction, called a shift in the way the state will calculate funding for local school districts “the largest change in the budget in my lifetime.”
Two events taking place this weekend are worth noting because they are so representative of Durham’s diversity.
Officials in Durham and Orange counties have managed to creatively navigate new state transportation planning guidelines and come up with a united two-county push for resources for a light rail line linking Durham and Chapel Hill.
Eager freshmen, helpful volunteers and top administrators scurrying to answer questions and even tote boxes – the scene on the N. C. Central University campus Wednesday unmistakably telegraphed that the students are back.
In 2012-2013, contributions to Duke University set a record –$410.9 million in philanthropic giving.
That may have seemed breathtaking, but we hope you saved some breath for this year’s announcement.
A young man or woman accused of a crime in Durham County can land in jail for months awaiting trial.
He or she may well have dropped out of school. And the resulting lack of marketable skills or a high-school diploma, that minimal credential for even most low-paying jobs, may have contributed to the encounter with the judicial system in the first place.
We have made no secret of our love affair with the Art of Cool. We saw the jazz festival, when the idea was in its infancy, as a way to continue to set Durham apart from the rest of the Triangle, not to mention the rest of the state, by emphasizing the value Durham puts on the arts, culture and, well, coolness.
“Conan the Barbarian,” a campily terrible 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle included, among many lines of painful dialogue, this lament:
Tuesday night, more than 100 neighborhoods throughout Durham did what this city does so well. They demonstrated their commitment to community, delivered a firm message – and had fun.
At 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 330 pounds, Duke senior Laken Tomlinson is one powerful offensive guard on the Blue Devils’ newly ascendant football team.
The story is all too familiar.
A young man or woman – or perhaps not so young – realizes that more than a high school education is necessary in today’s job market. He or she enrolls at a community college, that invaluable pathway to higher education for many students here and across the nation.
But the task proves too difficult.
The mandate for North Carolina’s university system is in Article IX, Section 9 of the state’s constitution:
“The General Assembly shall provide that the benefits of The University of North Carolina and other public institutions of higher education, as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense.”