If state leaders want to improve North Carolina’s education system in the future, they will have to begin with a better understanding of the history of school reform in our state.
Disabusing the Republican Party of a cherished dogma, thereby requiring it to forgo a favorite rhetorical trope, will not win Clark M. Neily III the gratitude of conservatives who relish denouncing "judicial activism." He, however, and his colleagues at the libertarian Institute for Justice believe America would be more just if judges were less deferential to legislatures.
What could you learn from a trip down the Cape Fear River?
Maybe it's something you were born with, maybe something that happened to you, maybe something you did to yourself through bad habits or neglect. But everybody's got something, some physical or emotional blemish measuring the distance from you to perfection.
Sometimes our problems loom so large and seem so complex we can easily be disheartened or depressed about our state’s future. And once sworn in, our elected officials are constantly sworn at, like it is some kind of sport.
Every day, across Durham and the region, legions of unpaid, passionate and caring people help make their community a better place.
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.
Earlier this month, the White House issued a number of recommendations to help public schools reduce racial disparities in disciplinary procedures. In Durham, there has been much discussion on how to reduce suspensions and expulsions, which are disproportionately affecting and damaging the lives of students of color and students with disabilities.
For 20 years, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington-based Heritage Foundation have produced international indexes of economic freedom. Countries that adopt fiscal restraint and free trade, protect the rights of contract and property ownership and avoid excessive taxes or regulations earn high scores on the index. Countries where governments abuse their power earn low scores.
Perhaps you've heard of the Fourth Amendment.
That's the one that guarantees freedom from unfettered government snooping, the one that says government needs probable cause and a warrant before it can search or seize your things.
Viewed from Washington, which often is the last to learn about important developments, opposition to the Common Core State Standards Initiative still seems as small as the biblical cloud that ariseth out of the sea, no larger than a man's hand. Soon, however, this education policy will fill a significant portion of the political sky.
When Franklin McCain died last week, I remembered how often his acts and his words inspired me.
Marlise Munoz was 33 when she died.
She was at home when she collapsed from an apparent blood clot in her lungs. It was an hour or more before her husband, Erick, found her. He says doctors pronounced her brain dead, though John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, citing privacy concerns, has declined to confirm that diagnosis
Constitutional arguments that seem as dry as dust can have momentous consequences. On Monday, the Supreme Court's nine fine minds will hear oral arguments about the meaning of "the" and "happen." What they decide could advance the urgent project of reining in rampant executive power.
In our editorial commenting on the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty Friday, we quoted from President Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 State of the Union speech that declared that war.
“It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or strategy will suffice,” Johnson said,” but we shall not rest until that war is won.”