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Christopher Hill

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Why even lessons from kindergarteners can and should inform public education policy

Back in the 1980’s, author Robert Fulghum gave rise to a pop culture catchphrase when he authored a book entitled “All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” The phrase has become a way to express ...
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NC’s education policy changes through the eyes of a student

While it’s not clear that state lawmakers have concluded their business in Raleigh for the year, vastly different stories are already being told about the 2013-14 legislative session and, especially, the changes to our public education system. Some ...
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Sacrificing stability in our schools

Education advocates often characterize the dismantling of our public schools through privatization as death by a thousand cuts. The draining of money from traditional public schools to unaccountable charter schools, for-profit charters and “education management organizations” as well ...
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North Carolina’s misplaced treasure

In Matthew 6:21, Jesus says “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” This simply means that you know a person’s priorities by where he or she invests. Members of the General Assembly often say ...
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Fix our public schools; don’t raze them

What is the education “reform” plan of the current North Carolina General Assembly? Sadly, at this point, it’s looking more and more like the only significant initiative is school vouchers. Recently, members of the Education Committee in the ...
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Lawmakers who should know better are undermining the public schools

If anyone should know about the desperate need for more resources and support for public education in North Carolina, you would think it would have to be current or former school board members. Having seen and grappled with ...
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Preserving the health of our public schools

If you are fortunate enough to have a job and super-fortunate to have a job that provides benefits, then you are likely aware of something called a Flexible Spending Account or FSA. An FSA allows an employee to ...
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Public schools and the myth of corporate salvation

A large retail chain is currently featuring a humorous theme for its back to school sales. In the TV ads, enthusiastic teachers greet parents, describe the subject they teach and then break out into a popular song from ...
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Punishing kids for their parents’ sins?

Location! Location! Location! One of the first rules of creating a successful business is ensuring that it is located in the proper place. While it is, for many reasons, unwise to compare schools to private businesses, location can ...
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Wanted: A civics lesson for the General Assembly

One of the bills that became law during the 2011 session of the North Carolina General Assembly is called the “Founding Principles Act.” The new law changes, expands (and presumably, seeks to improve) how the state education system ...
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