Just before Thanksgiving, I got an automated call from my daughter’s school. As a first-time Durham Public Schools parent to a freshly minted pre-kindergartener, these communications always command my attention. On this one, the voice on the other end issued a warning: State test results were about to released. The numbers could cause some concern.
The first step to solving any problem is acknowledging you have one in the first place. When it comes to the problem of disproportionately high suspension rates for black students and students with disabilities, Durham Public Schools has checked off step one. In response to community concerns and an investigation by the federal Office for Civil Rights, DPS has acknowledged again and again that its disproportionate suspension rates are unacceptable. But the most pressing question facing DPS at this point is, “Now what?”
It’s a Saturday in the middle of the busy holiday shopping season. A disheveled man is disrupting traffic in a popular shopping center, preaching loudly and scaring customers. A police officer responds to calls from merchants, but without any local options for crisis treatment services, he takes the man off to jail on a trespassing charge and hopes the jail nurses will be able to get him some help.
Parties in the three federal lawsuits challenging voting law changes signed into law here in August will appear before U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder on December 12 to map out a schedule for proceedings moving forward. And while they’ve reached agreement on some preliminary litigation matters, the parties are not budging on one critical date: when the case should be tried.
Across the political spectrum, people agree that we need good teachers. Good teachers need to be well prepared for the classroom. And they need support once they are in the classroom. But the issue is more complicated than raising pay alone, calling for us as a state to wrestle with our regard for the teaching profession and to think about how we can lift up the status of teachers.
We found out in October that infant mortality got worse in North Carolina last year, as it had the year before. So did child mortality.
The Herald-Sun on Nov. 30 reported that retired Col. Francis De Luca, the president of the Civitas Institute of Raleigh, has asked the University of North Carolina to provide it with all available records of e-mail, text-messages, and phone records of law professor Gene Nichol. This was an extraordinary request.
North Carolina's recent repeal of the Racial Justice Act was designed to remove an important barrier to the resumption of executions, on hold since 2006. But the state, like the nation, is unlikely to return to the days of greater use of the ultimate punishment.
Nor should it. .
The Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) personal genomics company, 23andMe, is facing difficult questions from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following a warning letter questioning their regulatory compliance.
One of the most asinine things I have ever heard on the radio was from a sports news commentator, who said recently that it was ridiculous to think that an NFL football player could be “bullied.”
For North Carolina liberals intent on recovering some political power in Raleigh, a funny thing happened on the way to a quorum: Reality intruded on their most-cherished claims about the two biggest issues in North Carolina politics.
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, a time for family friends, and reflection on the blessings in our lives.
As the Durham Police Chief, I fully understand my responsibility to be transparent on controversial issues and cases, particularly in light of recent officer-involved shootings.
Janet Northern, director, agency communications at McKinney, the advertising agenc yheadquartered in American Tobacco says “McKinney Designer Nick Jones was asked to create a new logo for Urban Ministries of Durham. When he presented it to the agency and UMD employees and board members on November 19, he made the following speech. His words are an elegant reminder of the power of connection, of what can happen when businesses and nonprofits work together.”