Report: Changes to GED test could create obstacles for low-income, low-skilled adults

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On January 1, 2014, significant changes to the General Education Development (GED) test will take effect, potentially creating significant obstacles for low-income and low-skilled adults, according to a new report from the North Carolina Justice Center. After 70 years of being administered by the non-profit American Council on Education, the GED will become [Continue Reading...]


Report: State’s reduced support for education jeopardizes gains in student performance

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North Carolina’s state support for education and other public investments is below its 40-year average, jeopardizing gains in student performance and the state’s economic future, according to a new report from the North Carolina Justice Center. A renewed commitment to investing in education will help improve student outcomes, reduce the achievement [Continue Reading...]


Profiles in tax avoidance: IBM

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As Congress debates the federal budget, it is critically important to raise new revenues that can support our nation’s long-term economic recovery. One excellent source of new revenues involves the billions of dollars in corporate tax loopholes, deductions, credits and outright giveaways that allow too many multinational corporations to avoid paying their fair share of [Continue Reading...]


Profiles in corporate tax avoidance: DuPont

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As Congress debates reforming the federal tax code, it is critically important to raise new revenues that can support our nation’s long-term economic recovery. One excellent source of new revenues involves the billions of dollars in corporate tax loopholes, deductions, credits and outright giveaways that allow too many multinational corporations to avoid paying their fair [Continue Reading...]


Friday Follies

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Well, today marks three weeks of water under the bridge since the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned the 2013 legislative session. Only 38½ to go until the fun starts again in earnest next May 14! One person who probably wouldn’t mind it all that much if the “honorables” made a more rapid [Continue Reading...]


Why the new state budget falls short

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In the aftermath of the recently adjourned session of the North Carolina General Assembly, some defenders of the newly-enacted budget and tax package have attempted to counter criticisms from those worried about education and other core services by pointing out that the state will actually spend slightly more dollars in the new fiscal [Continue Reading...]


The Follies

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Like a big, lopsided boulder rolling down hill (and probably destined for a loud and destructive crash), the North Carolina General Assembly has been picking up a bit of momentum in recent days. While it still seems hard to imagine that lawmakers can pull it off given the magnitude of the numerous outstanding issues [Continue Reading...]