Faith Summit on Child Poverty, a year later
2014 has gotten off to quite a start, with crucial decisions by state leaders that have potential to nearly double the number of charter schools already operating across the state. As vice-chair of an excellent public charter school, one might expect I would be thrilled about this level of interest in the charter model. Instead, I’m concerned.
It’s too early to declare victory for North Carolina’s jobs crisis, since most of the improvements we’ve seen in the state’s unemployment rate haven’t shown up in real job creation. Instead, North Carolina finished 2013 with fewer jobs in November than existed in January -- a net loss of jobs. And even more troubling, the total size of the workforce has shrunk dramatically to the lowest levels in two years.
My son Ben's language arts teacher emailed one morning this winter to tell me she is leaving Ben's school. I feel sick, but I don't blame her. Three of Ben's middle school teachers have left in the past year.
North Carolina's intentional assault on public education is working. It is pushing our best teachers out.
As I travel around the state, I am sometimes asked by well-meaning skeptics: “instead of providing additional options to students, why not build it within our existing traditional public school system?”
This question is understandable.
I know. Most people are sick of Christmas by now. The snowmen appeared at the mall like fat, tardy ghosts a day after Halloween. But I am a sucker for Christmas anything and everything. I am like Auntie Mame belting out “Yes, we need a little Christmas! Right this very minute!” Even in March.
To offset income tax decreases, the major tax reform package that the GOP-led legislature passed this past summer includes numerous sales tax changes that were set to go into effect Wednesday.
The gangster state of North Korea became a nuclear power in 2006-2007, despite lots of foreign aid aimed at precluding just such proliferation -- help usually not otherwise accorded such a loony dictatorship. Apparently the civilized world rightly suspected that if nuclear, Pyongyang would either export nuclear material and expertise to other unstable countries, or bully its successful but non-nuclear neighbors -- or both.
The “peaceable kingdom,” where lions lie down with lambs amid other unlikely combos, turns out to be not so far-fetched when it comes to one of North Carolina’s most vexing policy challenges. While there are holdouts who enjoy their status as predators -- or who don’t want to risk becoming prey -- many conservatives and liberals agree that the state’s redistricting procedure is a mess that needs fixing.
I've heard a lot of goofy arguments against raising the federal minimum wage. The silliest goes like this: "You want to raise the minimum wage to $15? Why not $50? Why not $100?"
Of course, that's not a real argument. Yet I hear it a lot, which means it probably originates somewhere in the nation's vast menagerie of conservative talk show hosts.
Fifty years ago, when I first went to work in grocery store as a teenager in the Pacific Northwest, on average they stocked around 4,000 items. Today’s supermarkets stock an average of 50,000 items.
Yet the top selling 1,000 items generate half of the sales revenue.
A little more than two years before Americans start casting votes for the next president, the Des Moines Register released a presidential-preference poll of Iowa voters last weekend.
The teachers of Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet School are committed to developing all of our students into thoughtful and responsible life-long learners.
According to Webster – journey is defined as “the act or instance of traveling from one place to another.” This journey has lasted 3.5 years -- 42 months, approximately 1,260 days, 30,240 hours, 1,814,400 minutes, 108,864,000 seconds – (to) December 31, 2013.
This is the season of Advent in the Christian year. For those who did not grow up – as I did not – following the liturgical year, Advent is the four weeks leading up to Christmas. It is a season of anticipation and waiting for the birth of Jesus.