Protecting rural communities: The need to regulate “crisis pregnancy centers”

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Last month, in one of its more troubling recent rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court sent the case challenging North Carolina’s “Choose Life” license plates back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The justices directed that the case be reconsidered in light of their recent holding that specialty license plates constitute government [Continue Reading…]


Why democracy needs higher education

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The defunding of public higher education currently underway across the country is troubling for many reasons. It is more than just bad policy: gutting public higher education weakens the democratic principles upon which our society is founded—specifically, liberty, equality, and civic participation. Democracy thrives on liberty, and liberty requires free minds. This is [Continue Reading…]


North Carolina should not abandon its commitment to individualized education

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Earlier this month, Governor McCrory signed legislation that ends the practice of providing Personal Education Plans (PEPs) to students who are at risk of academic failure. Though probably an unavoidable step given the flawed and sporadic use and implementation of PEPs, the decision raises real questions about the future of individualized learning plans [Continue Reading…]


Veto overriders flex their muscles

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North Carolina’s General Assembly has muddled through many undistinguished moments since conservative Republicans took charge four years ago. Now, with an ongoing cascade of wrongheaded decisions, it’s adding to that disappointing and even destructive list. Gov. Pat McCrory, also a Republican but one who wants to be seen as more of a moderate, [Continue Reading…]