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Betsey Russell

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Can for-profit charter schools fulfill the purpose of public education?

Given the mad rush by the General Assembly to privatize out state’s public education system, you might think there was money to be made hand over fist in the operation of charter schools. And indeed, that may be ...
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State budget debate forces painful and unnecessary K-12 choices

Which would you rather lose: a hand or an eye? The smart answer to that question, of course is “neither, I need to keep both.” They are both critically important and play very different roles in helping a ...
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What the General Assembly is telling our children

Recently, I attended a regional town hall meeting in support of public education, hosted by a nonpartisan group of concerned parents, teachers and community members called “Western North Carolina for Public Education.” Many people spoke about what’s going ...
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Why North Carolina shouldn’t pay teachers like Ohio does

About a month ago, I shared the story of my child’s teacher, who has now moved to Ohio to teach because he could not afford to support his family on the $38,000 annual salary he made in North ...
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School cuts become personal

It’s one thing to talk in the abstract about North Carolina being 46th in teacher pay. It’s another thing when your 7th grade daughter brings home a letter from a 10-year veteran teacher at her school explaining that ...
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