NC’s treatment of juvenile offenders guarantees failure for adults


A coalition of education advocates recently filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice challenging the discriminatory disciplinary practices of the Wake County Public School System. The complaint is part of an effort to dismantle a “school-to-prison pipeline” in which transgressions traditionally resolved in principals’ offices are now adjudicated in [Continue Reading...]

Don’t kid yourself: Climate change is already harming North Carolina


The most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlighted the hard but undeniable reality that the planet has already started to feel tangible and serious impacts of global warming. Unfortunately, here in the United States, popular discussions about the real and potential effects of climate change all [Continue Reading...]

Monday numbers


9,000—number of teachers in the Wake County schools, the largest school district in North Carolina (“Wake County sees ‘alarming’ increase in teacher resignations,” News & Observer, April 17, 2014) 612—number of teachers in Wake County that have resigned since the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year (Ibid) 433—number of teachers in Wake County [Continue Reading...]

A Tax Day sermon


The right’s distorted view of the American experiment Today is Tax Day – the day of the year on which Americans of all political persuasions have long grumbled about how much they have to send to Uncle Sam. And good for us for doing so; being ornery and skeptical with respect to government [Continue Reading...]

Monday numbers


1—number of days until Tax Day 2014, the last time almost a million North Carolina families will be able to claim the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that state lawmakers have allowed to expire (“First in Flight from the EITC: Low-Income Working Families Bid Farewell to North Carolina’s Earned Income Tax Credit, [Continue Reading...]

The Follies


McCrory “stepping on toes” is not the problem Governor Pat McCrory seems to think that every time people in Raleigh have questions about one of his proposals, it is because he is courageously “stepping on toes” of people in entrenched institutions who refuse to consider doing things differently. McCrory used the line in [Continue Reading...]