Most students in the UNC system will pay more to attend college next year, but the increase for in-state undergraduates comes in the form of increased fees and not tuition hikes.
Over the past few months, Gov. Pat McCrory has been claiming his policies -- especially cutting unemployment benefits -- are responsible for reducing the state’s unemployment rate. He’s even branded this the “Carolina Comeback.”
Durham is undergoing another wave of hotel development in response to increased visitation spearheaded by community-destination marketing.
A child of the “Cold War,” I grew up less than half a mile from where Republic Aviation Corporation was building and testing the Air Force’s F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber.
I have been shaking my fist on the way to church on Sunday mornings. I am more prone to dance in the car (much to my daughters’ embarrassment) than to shake my fist, but I admit to fist shaking at certain lights between my house and Trinity United Methodist Church.
North Carolina has many educational firsts of which to be proud -- the first residential math and science high school, the first governor’s school and the first public university. So it baffles me as to how a state with such a rich history and strong record of valuing education has now become an embarrassment with regards to the treatment of its teachers.
Durham is an impossible city. And I love it.
Because people in Durham do impossible things, like electing a Jewish mayor in 1951.
In July 2013, the N.C. General Assembly repealed the state tax deduction for contributions to North Carolina’s 529 College Savings Plan. There was no discussion or debate. Students and parents did not weigh in. It was not reported in the media.
“I don’t want to hear the words ‘broken schools’ one more time!” This senior scholar of education usually speaks with the tone of a high school physics teacher -- measured, clear, and calm. But she is fed up. We were at a forum on North Carolina women and politics recently, and a young woman had just used the phrase to ask a reasonable question about child-to-teacher ratios. This scholar responded by sternly warning us not to buy into the jargon of “brokenness.”
Much has been said about the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, especially since the botched launching of the healthcare.gov website. However, several big-picture changes deserve more attention.
More than half of North Carolina's third graders could be held back this year as districts work to implement the state's new "Read to Achieve" law.
Once upon a time, and not too long ago, the job of journalism was seen as reporting the truth “without fear or favor” and “letting the chips fall where they may.”
Not so much anymore.
There is a story behind the story of sit-ins which involves two social entrepreneurs who formed a friendship in 1949 while attending college in Durham.
Thousands of long term laid off workers in North Carolina have simply given up looking for a job and dropped out of the labor force and folks like the N.C. Chamber and the Pope Civitas Institute either don't care, don't want to admit it, or don't understand what the unemployment numbers actually mean, judging from their latest absurd and borderline offensive comments about the state's jobless picture.
Millions of school children in North Carolina and across the country suffer from severe allergies, and for these students, exposure to the wrong food at lunch or an insect bite at recess can cause serious illness and even become fatal.