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Let's show real respect for teachers
Earlier this year, I called for a state commitment to raise teacher pay to the national average in the next four years. It was a bold proposal, but that’s what leaders do. Since that time, teach ...



Consensus requires solid data
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s public schools have just released end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores for the 2013-14 school year. You may have heard something about them, particularly f ...



Government corruption in the spotlight
RALEIGH — This column has been on the list for awhile, and the longer it waits, the more examples of government corruption show up in media reports. Each time they do, the public gets a littl ...



Video killed the special session
RALEIGH – In a video posted online Friday afternoon, Gov. Pat McCrory, smiling throughout, announced he wouldn’t call legislators back to Raleigh this year to consider new economic develop ...



Gov. McCrory praises Aldona Wos' brillance
Long-embattled DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos was on the hot seat again this week, facing questions from state lawmakers about a no-bid $6.8 million contract she awarded to an out-of-state firm to manage t ...



Consensus requires solid data
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s public schools have just released end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores for the 2013-14 school year. You may have heard something about them, particularly f ...



Many unknowns as private organization takes over job recruiting
RALEIGH — By this time next month, a private, nonprofit corporation will have opened its doors at a small office building in Cary with a big mission — recruiting jobs to North Carolina and ...



In other opinion: Harsher penalties may help
It’s baffling that the problem of drivers illegally passing stopped school buses continues to this day, despite many attempts to turn the situation around. Now the state will try additional meas ...



Hagan and Tillis spar over national security
RALEIGH — Two little-reported questions asked during North Carolina’s first U.S. Senate debate last week centered around the surge of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in the Middle East ...



McCrory in a tough position over incentives
RALEIGH – State lawmakers have returned home to their districts for good to campaign for re-election in November. Or have they? The latest chatter in the capital is about whether House and Se ...




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